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