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Cocktail and Guacamole Pairings

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January 15, 2019

It’s 5 o’guac somewhere, so raise a Hass to these creative cocktail and guacamole pairings and say, “Cheers!” Whether you’re looking to wow a crowd or set a romantic table for two, there’s a combination of smoky, sweet, spicy, and savory flavors sure to spark good times.

 

Each pairing comes with a recipe for a homemade cocktail and guacamole. (The guac is just as good if you opt to lose the booze). Bottoms up!

 

1. Mango Guacamole & Roasted Jalapeño Margarita

Lots of snacks and drinks claim to be “sweet and spicy,” but this guacamole pairing is the real deal. Ragin’ Tajin tangos with mango in this guacamole recipe, and the whole thing goes delightfully with our jalapeño margarita recipe below. Suddenly, “sweet and spicy” is more like “yum and YOW!”

 

Roasted Jalapeño Margarita Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 jalapeño
  • Ice, desired amount
  • 3 oz. sour mix
  • 2 oz. reposado tequila
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges and wheels
  • Salt, for the rim if desired

 

Directions: Roast the jalapeño on a hot grill until skin blisters. (You can also broil it in the oven.) Slice it into 1/4-inch-wide coins. In a cocktail shaker, add two jalapeño coins (or more, if you like it even hotter) to the ice, sour mix, and tequila. Shake well, pour into a wide-rim glass, and garnish. Serve with guacamole and a napkin to dab the sweat from your brow.

 

2. Green Goddess Guacamole & Dry Martini

Smooth, not chunky — shaken, not stirred. This Green Goddess Guacamole might have some pungent ingredients (garlic, chives, and anchovies) but the outcome is what we imagine James Bond would order at a nightclub. Pair it with a dry martini (our recipe below) and a black-tie formal outfit for ultimate class.

 

Dry Martini Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ oz. gin or vodka
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. olive brine
  • Olives to garnish (optional)

 

Directions: Add all liquids to a cocktail shaker and mix well. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with olives if you’re feeling dirty. Serve with guacamole and a million-dollar smile.

 

Dip Into Guactails 🍹

What would you say if we said you could mash a guacamole with all the fixings of your favorite cocktail? You’d probably say, “Thank you,” because such a thing exists. Get everything from mojito guacamole to piña colada guacamole here. (You’re welcome.)

 

3. Ceviche Guacamole & Red Sangria

Peru pairs nicely with Spain in this one. Get your seafood and spice in this Ceviche Guacamole and wash it down with a glass of sweet, sweet sangria. Here’s an easy recipe for homemade sangria.

 

Easy Sangria Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Mix of sliced fruit (Oranges, apples, pears, lemons, and limes are good choices.)
  • 1/2 c. red wine
  • 1/2 c. lemon-lime soda
  • Ice

 

Directions: Soak the sliced fruit in a bowl of wine and leave it covered in the refrigerator overnight. Add all ingredients to a glass and stir well. ¡Salud!

 

4. Bacon Cotija Guacamole & Mexican Bulldog

Something as epically good as this Bacon Cotija Guacamole should be washed down with an equally epic drink. Try this Mexican Bulldog on for size.

 

Mexican Bulldog Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 c. crushed ice
  • 1 bottle of Mexican light beer

 

Directions: Add tequila, lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup, and ice to a blender. Mix until it’s blended into a frothy frozen texture. Pour into a large margarita glass. Here’s the tricky part: Take the beer bottle and hold your thumb over the opening. Flip the bottle upside down and lower it into the margarita glass, quickly removing your thumb just before you submerge it. Did you do it right? Booyah.

 

Just Right, Overnight

If your avocado isn’t quiiite ready for your guacamole and cocktail pairing party, don’t worry. We’ve got a trick for that.

 

5. Summer Brûléed Melon Guacamole & Mexican Mule

Ever thought to brûlée your guac? Pairing this airy, sweet Summer Brûléed Melon Guacamole with a spicy ginger Mexican Mule (our take on the Moscow Mule) is an #AlwaysGood treat, summer or not.

 

Mexican Mule Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 6 oz. ginger beer
  • Lime wedge

 

Directions: Mix all ingredients in one of those fancy copper mugs. Serve with guacamole, and if that’s in a fancy copper mug, too, we salute your creativity.

 

6. Classic Guacamole & Old Fashioned

Nothin’ wrong with going old school. Mix up a traditional Mexican guacamole (avocados, salt, lime, and red onion) and pair it with an Old Fashioned.

 

Bourbon Old Fashioned Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • Orange peel twist to garnish

 

Directions: Add the sugar and bitters into a glass and stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved. (If necessary, add water to help sugar dissolve.) Fill the glass with ice, add the bourbon, and stir until well chilled. Strain into a tumbler glass and plunk in an ice cube or two. Garnish with an orange peel, serve with guac and chips, throw on a vinyl record, and enjoy your evening.

 

BONUS: A Lil Avocado Margarita

What if the guacamole … WAS the cocktail?! Yep, we drink avocado margaritas, and we’re proud of it. Get the recipe (and several variations) here.

 

With these cocktail and guacamole pairings on hand, you’re set to enjoy a dip and sip with equally good company. Chips and cheers!

 

Find guacamole recipes perfect for any occasion here.

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