Beverages

“Hojita”  — Mezcal & Hoja Santa Cocktail

“Hojita” — Mezcal & Hoja Santa Cocktail

I muddle Hoja Santa to add flavors and aromas of licorice, anise and sassafras. Native to central and southern Mexico and all of Mesoamerica, this ancient plant is a member of the genus, “piper,” same as the Indian black pepper plant.  It’s used to flavor […]

Hibiscus Drink, “Agua De Jamaica”

Hibiscus Drink, “Agua De Jamaica”

Here’s a recipe from my archives.  It’s one of our traditional aguas frescas and perhaps the most famous.  I’m re-posting it in honor of the beautiful, warmer spring weather we’re starting to enjoy here in Texas.It’s simple to make and a delight when you are […]

Cranberry Holiday Cocktail With Rosemary

Cranberry Holiday Cocktail With Rosemary

I served this at a party cranberry holiday cocktail last night…..it was a hit!  It’s a very appropriate cocktail because cranberries are Native American. This holiday cocktail combines tart cranberry flavor with the woodsy, herbal, rosemary.  Based on last night’s tasting, it’s gives a sparkling […]

Agua de Jamaica, Hibiscus

Agua de Jamaica, Hibiscus

 Agua de Jamaica is as colorful as it is refreshing.  I love the delicious tart taste. It is enjoyed all over Mexico and Central America.  Hibiscus flowers boiled in water with a little sugar, that’s all it is.  I suggest you make and taste this […]

Cucumber Chile Martini

Cucumber Chile Martini

We call cucumber, pepino.  This cucumber chile martini draws upon two Mexican flavor traditions.  The first is adding chile to pepino, a combination of freshness and piquant that is gorgeous. The second tradition is making sweets that combine chiles with various fruits. In this “Cucumber […]

Margarita with Salt “Aire”

Margarita with Salt “Aire”

 Salt “Aire” is the foam created by Chef José Andrés for the margarita served at his Oyamel restaurant in D.C.  The first time I tried it I fell in love with it.  Some of my friends eschew it, though. They are orthodox and demand the […]

Summer Tamarind Drink:  Agua de Tamarindo

Summer Tamarind Drink: Agua de Tamarindo

If you’ve not tried this I really urge you to take a sip.  It’s somewhat tart but but you’ll find it is also wonderfully complex, not at all like a sugary obviously-flavored soft drink. It is one of the standard Mexican aguas frescas and, again, […]

Cucumber-Lime Agua Fresca, Pepino con Limón

Cucumber-Lime Agua Fresca, Pepino con Limón

Pepino is refreshing.  My amá swore by it. Picture the sweltering Texas heat.  We are wilting, so  amá slices some cucumber and shares it among us kids.  Cool, soothing.  It did relieve heat fatigue and even sometimes nausea from over-exertion.  Picking cotton is hell. Pair […]

Champagne Cocktail – “The Southwest Sunrise”

Champagne Cocktail – “The Southwest Sunrise”

I was asked to create a signature cocktail to celebrate Southwest Airlines‘ initiation of flight service to the Atlanta region.  I created this red jalapeño champagne cocktail that incorporates red jalapeño jelly for an unctuous mouth feel, and a light bite.  A champagne cocktail always […]

Sangria: Authentic Recipe

Sangria: Authentic Recipe

 Sangria is of Spanish origin, the word deriving from “sangre,” meaning blood.  The correct spelling uses an acute accent: sangría. The blood-red wine punch became popular with the English around mid 1700’s.  It came to Latin America and to Texas once the Spaniards began their voyages […]