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A Michelada, Margarita and Paloma Walk Into a Bar...
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A Michelada, Margarita and Paloma Walk Into a Bar...

Every year, my family and I get together to watch the big game, the halftime show and, of course, the commercials. So it's no wonder that I can't help but reach for the classic, refreshing flavors of my family's home in Mexico to go with the Buffalo Wings and everything else my relatives make on game day. From the classic Margarita to the buzzy Michelada and a zippy Paloma, these game-day perfect drinks always keep the party going well after the final touchdown. 

And the Jalapeño Simple Syrup? Well, that alone helps kick things off with a little spice. Tajín seasoning can be found in any supermarket offering Mexican products. If you can't find it, simply use another type of powdered chili or keep it classic and just use salt on the rim. 

Jalapeño Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all the ingredients and cook, stirring gently, until it simmers and the sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside and let cool before storing in an airtight container. You can use the syrup right away or let the flavor infuse overnight in the refrigerator.

From left to right: Michelada, Margarita, and Paloma.


Michelada

  • Tajín seasoning or kosher salt, for the rim
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, preferably Valentina
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 12 oz. can of Modelo beer
  • ice cubes

Place the Tajín seasoning or kosher salt on a plate. Rub the rim of a highball glass with the lime wedge and press the rim into the plate with the seasoning or salt before adding the ice cubes. Add the lime juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce to the glass and stir with a long cocktail spoon until the sauces dissolve into the lime juice. Add the beer and pour until the glass is full. You should have some remaining beer, which you can use to re-fill the Michelada as you wish.

Classic Margarita

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Tajín seasoning or kosher salt, for the rim
  • 6 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces Jalapeño Simple Syrup
  • 1 ounce tequila blanco or silver
  • ice cubes

Place the Tajín seasoning or kosher salt on a plate. Rub the rim of a rocks glass with the lime wedge and press the rim into the plate with the seasoning or salt before adding the ice cubes. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the lime juice, Jalapeño Simple Syrup, and tequila. Cover and shake vigorously for less than a minute and strain the mixture into the glass.

Paloma

  • 5 ounces grapefruit juice, preferably pink
  • 3 ounces Jalapeño Simple Syrup
  • 1 ounce tequila blanco or silver
  • 2 ounces seltzer water
  • ice cubes

Place the kosher salt on a plate. Rub the rim of a highball glass with the lime wedge and press the rim into the plate with the seasoning or salt before adding the ice cubes. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the the grapefruit juice, Jalapeño Simple Syrup and tequila. Cover and shake vigorously for less than a minute and strain the mixture into the glass. Add the seltzer water and pour until the glass is full. 

 

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