Mexican Martini

by Robyn Wright on July 24, 2015

in Food

Mexican Martini

Today is National Tequila Day! Let’s celebrate by combing two classic drinks, the margarita and the martini for this week’s cocktail recipe.

The Mexican martini was born in the late 70’s when a bartender at Cedar Door Restaurant in Austin, was served a margarita in a martini glass on a trip to Mexico. She returned to Texas raving about the drink, and Cedar Door created its own version, adding in olives.

The Mexican martini has since become a Tex-Mex staple and the signature drink of Austin. It comes in many forms: some bartenders are certain it should be served in a shaker, while others serve the drink as a classic martini, but with tequila instead of gin or vodka. Some don’t make the drink without adding olive brine or muddling olives and peppers.

This cocktail is hard to find outside of Austin, but is featured at the newly opened authentic Tex-Mex cantina El Original in New York City. If you’d like to make this drink at home, the recipe is below, and was developed by Garrett Flanagan for El Original.

Mexican Martini Recipe

  • 1.5 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1.5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 3 oz. Tequila
  • 0.5 oz. Olive Juice

Shake with ice, pour into martini glass, garnish with olives and enjoy! I like to rim the martini glass with salt and add a lime wedge as well.

Have you ever had a Mexican Martini? Do you think it is a drink you would enjoy?


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1 tannawings July 25, 2015 at 12:53 am

I hope you tipped an extra martini today in honor of the holiday and had a great time doing it !!!! This does sound good. You make such interesting drinks!

2 Robyn Wright July 26, 2015 at 5:58 pm

I love trying new drinks :-)

3 Robin July 25, 2015 at 6:28 am

I’ve never even heard of a Mexican Martini, but it sounds pretty good. I hope you enjoyed the holiday!

4 Robyn Wright July 26, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Robin!

5 Monique July 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Not sure about this one. I think this drink may put me to sleep for hours! My kids may want me to drink this so I won’t bother them.

6 Robyn Wright July 26, 2015 at 5:58 pm

LOL – it just might do that

7 sexybrat July 25, 2015 at 9:32 pm

I am always down to try a new drink. Bring it on.

8 Robyn Wright July 26, 2015 at 5:59 pm


9 Danielle Gosha July 25, 2015 at 10:05 pm

I would probably make it without the olive juice. Just not a big fan.

10 Robyn Wright July 26, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Understand – generally I don’t like olive juice, but when mixed with the other ingredients it taste a bit different.

11 Kelster July 26, 2015 at 11:20 pm

Definitely my first time hearing about this drink and National Tequila Day. It looks good!

12 Julie Wood July 27, 2015 at 1:59 pm

I would love to try this drink, it looks different and delicious. I love margaritas, and know that this one would be a fun drink to try.

13 Erica Carnes July 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Yum Yum!!

14 Olivia July 31, 2015 at 12:53 am

Going to share this with my sister in law! She’ll love it!

15 Jahan Peregretti July 31, 2015 at 1:37 am

Sign me up for the is amazing cocktail ASAP! I can not wait to make these for my guest visiting this weekend! Tequila is my favorite and this is a great new twist!

16 Francine Anchondo July 31, 2015 at 11:32 am

I have never had one before. Thanks for the recipe will have to try it next time love a good martini.

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