Who needs an excuse to sip a margarita while digging into homemade guacamole? This gal sure doesn’t! But if you are the type that needs a reason to treat yourself, then Cinco de Mayo sure sounds like a great one. —
Some of the top Mexican restaurants in the United States are in NYC – from fancy to down and dirty, and two of them have shared their top recipes for Mexican staples guacamole and margaritas sure to impress your friends this May 5th. Ole!
Dos Caminos Guacamole
Makes 4 servings
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons finely chopped white onion
2 teaspoons minced jalapeño or Serrano chilies, seeds and membranes removed, if desired
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 large ripe avocados, preferably California Haas, peeled and seeded
2 tablespoons cored, seeded, and finely chopped plum tomatoes (1 small tomato)
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
In a medium size bowl, use the back of a spoon to mash 1 tablespoon of the cilantro, 1 teaspoon onion, 1 teaspoon of minced chile, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together against the bottom of the bowl.
Add the avocados and gently mash them with a fork until chunky-smooth. Fold the remaining cilantro, onion, and chile into the mixture. Stir in tomatoes and lime juice, taste to adjust the seasonings, and serve with a basket of warm corn tortilla chips.
Rosa Mexicano’s The Traditional Margarita – La Tradicional
Makes 1 drink
1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) silver tequila
3/4 ounces (1 1/2 tablespoons Cointreau or Triple Sec)
3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice)
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
A lime wedge
Prepare a salt-rimmed glass if you like. Use a 10-ounce glass if serving on the rocks; a 6-ounce glass if serving up.
Put 6 ice cubes in a tall cocktail shaker. Pour the remaining ingredients (except the lime wedge) into the shaker and shake vigorously. Pour (ice and all) into the larger glass or strain into the smaller glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.
Carla Sullivan is the Founder and “Mommy Muncher” of the Internet’s only source of kid-friendly restaurants in NYC, www.MiniMunchers.com