NanaBread’s “Mexican Martinis”

I’m not really a drinker, but I love this cocktail. We discovered these at Chuy’s Mexican Cantina in Austin, Texas. And once we did, we made a conscious effort to rediscover them over and over again {insert cheeky wink here}. The name is a little misleading. While these are served in martini glasses, they are actually margaritas. Here’s the breakdown: a mind-blowing homemade margarita mix poured into a cocktail shaker full of ice, vigorously shaken, and strained into glasses garnished with salted rims and a skewer of jalapeno-stuffed olives. Sold yet? You will be.

NanaBread’s Mexican Martinis:
2 cans (12 ozs. each) Minute Maid limeade frozen concentrate
2 empty limeade cans full of cold water
1 good pinch of salt
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1/4 cup Triple Sec
3/4 cup good quality tequila (I use Hornitos Reposado)
1 to 2 tablespoons of olive juice from the olive jar
a bowl of ice cubes or crushed ice for the cocktail shaker
1 jar of jalapeno-stuffed olives, for garnish

Combine all ingredients except for the ice and jalapeno-stuffed olives in a pitcher and mix well to combine. To serve, dip the rims of your glasses in lime juice and then into salt to “rim” the glasses. Put jalapeno-stuffed olives onto a toothpick or drink skewer and set aside. In a cocktail shaker or canning jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine 1 cup of ice and enough margarita mix to fill to 2/3 full. Make sure the lid is on tight and shake for at least one minute or until the mix is freezing cold. Strain the margarita mix into your glasses (being careful not to ruin your salted rims). Garnish with a skewer of jalapeno-stuffed olives and serve immediately.

A few recommendations:
1. Save the olives for last; they taste even better after they soak a while.
2. Feel free to add more or less olive juice, to your own taste. I go for more.
3. These are good on their own, but I prefer them with a plate of Mexican food.
4. Drink responsibly; don’t drink & drive; designate a driver; or plan to stay in.
5. Invite me to your house when you make these & I’ll be your new best friend.



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18 responses to “NanaBread’s “Mexican Martinis”

  1. Big Sis

    Can’t wait till Ho Down to mow down a couple of these!!!

    • It’s only 8 weeks away! Hard to believe it’s almost time for our annual “girls only” weekend. I guess we should start planning out meals and supplies soon. Since our theme this year is “Hawaii 5-Hos” we could make kahlua pork sandwiches with a tropical fruit salad. And Mai Tais. Mmmmmmm….mai tais!

      • Big Sis

        8 weeks!!!!! can you hear the scream from there?????
        I was thinking a pork loin covered in pastry to look like a roasted pig!!
        with a cherry stuffed in his mouth instead of an apple!! ;)

      • If you have a long oval cutting board, we can serve him up on a surf board! We’ll have to substitute hummus for poi. Don’t think we’ll find taro in Texas.

  2. YOU lady, are my new best friend. These little Margarets look & sound amazing. I am seriously salivating at the thought. These will be served at my next GNO. With tequila lime chicken & empanadas. You are totally invited.

  3. I am not a drinker either, but that sure looks pretty : ) and delicious!

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  6. It would be sacrilege to leave out the jalapeño stuffed olives! I love Chuy’s and I love Mexican Martinis! Thanks for the recipe so I can make them in the safety and comfort of mi casa!

  7. JulieD

    Wow, these look amazing! Thank you for sharing them with me on twitter!

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