Since its inception, the Mexican Martini has become a staple of Austin drinking, inspiring riffs in and around the city. This is the classic as it’s served at one of Austin’s most iconic bars, which introduced the drink to the city in the early 1980s. Cedar Door co-owner Heather Potts suggests tasting the limes first, because if they’re too sour, they’ll introduce a bitter element to the drink. “It should be frothy, icy and well-balanced,” she says.
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 1/2 ounces Cointreau
- 1 1/2 ounces lime juice
- 1/2 ounce olive brine
Garnish: lime wedge, 2 green olives, salt rim (optional)
- Prepare a Martini glass with a salt rim, if using.
- Add all ingredients to a shaker tin filled with ice, then shake vigorously.
- Strain into the prepared Martini glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge on the rim of the glass and 2 olives threaded on a toothpick.