Doesn't the thought of a Mexican-themed dinner party sound absolutely divine? Consider it for a minute: hot quesadillas, piles of nachos, spicy beans, a flavoursome rice option and mountains of crunchy tacos. It's every foodie's idea of heaven, which is exactly why you ought to host it! But what would an evening of fine dining be without a little alcohol thrown into the mix? The perfect way to liven up your night and loosen everyone's tongues, it still has to be in keeping with your theme - which is why these four fantastic cocktails really ought to be on your menu.
1. Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary is a vodka cocktail with endless variations. Featuring everything from chilli to Tabasco to herbs, spices and even bacon, it goes beautifully with Mexican foods, adding even more flavour into the already overflowing equation. Tasty, tart and easy enough to mix at home, it can either be whipped up in the kitchen pre-party or ordered from Manhatta to make your life a whole lot simpler!
The origin of the Margarita recipe is a topic that's been fiercely debated, but those in the know claim it's got Mexico written all over it. So it clearly deserves a place on this list. An exquisite marriage of tequila, triple sec and fresh lime, it's sour, zingy and satisfying. We find it super refreshing after a plate of something spicy. Provided you've got a shaker, a strainer and a sieve, you can probably make it yourself but if you prefer to leave it to the professionals, simply place an order with Tredwell's Cocktails & Wine and have it delivered straight to your door.
Made with beer, lime juice and an assortment of sauces, spices and peppers, the Michelada is a cocktail par excellence. Best served chilled in a salt-rimmed glass, there are dozens of different takes on it depending on where you go in Mexico. Nice and easy to make at home, it requires salt, pepper, lime juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt and a Mexican lager beer like Pacifico Can. The latter can be quite hard to get hold of, but you can always order from Maria Sabina if you find that you're stuck.
So we said it deserved a place in the list, but the truth is that Margarita is barely Mexican. That doesn't mean you should scratch it from your menu, but if you want an authentic taste of the country's most popular cocktail you'd be better looking to the Paloma instead. A magnificent marriage of tequila, grapefruit, lime and soda, this appetising concoction tastes utterly divine and goes down really well after a big meal. You can find plenty of recipes online if you want to try mixing it yourself, but the guys down at Caps and Taps have an option to thrill. The Grapefruit, Sour Cherry & Mezcal Paloma is a dream in a glass and will serve you well.
We don't know about you, but reading that list has worked us up quite the thirst! Time to refresh, with a pick from our Mexican favourites.