Ah, the Mexican martini. A refreshing, tart, extra large twist on your standard margarita. From what I’ve Googled, the Mexican martini is really only popular in Austin. Outside of the city, it’s practically unheard of. The rest of the world is missing out.
So what, exactly, is a Mexican martini? Basically, it’s a margarita served straight up in a martini glass. In most cases, in addition to the martini glass, the bartender usually hands over the shaker as well ( I usually just end up putting a straw in the shaker). By serving a larger portion in a shaker, you get to pour your own drink. To top it all off, the drink is usually also served with olives in a salt-rimmed glass.
As per usual, Austin continues to serve up weird combinations. I’m particularly fond of this one. In case you’re looking for the perfect Mexican martini, here are just a few local places to check out:
One of the more well-known hosts of the Mexican martini, Trudy’s mixes up order after order of this treat. They’re version is on the sweeter side but they don’t skimp on the salt. My favorite combo here is the Mexican martini and a stuffed avocado.
Honestly, Takoba is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. I can’t resist the Tex/Mex flavors. On my most recent trip, I also discovered that they serve Mexican martinis! Oh man, are they dangerous. I ended up ordering two because they were so good! Takoba’s Mexican martini leans towards a more traditional margarita on the rocks, just larger.
Matt’s El Rancho
Hidden under the guise of a traditional martini, Matt’s El Rancho serves up the Mexican martini as a specialty drink just as many other Tex/Mex restaurants. It’s known as the “knock out” so one can only assume that one drink will be plenty.
On top of serving an avocado margarita (yes, you read that correctly. It’s wonderful), Curra’s also serves a Mexican martini. When Bud and I dined at Curra’s we ordered both drinks to give ourselves the opportunity to sample both. Neither disappointed. Curra’s doesn’t fancy up the Mexican martini, but the drink doesn’t need it. The fewer ingredients, the better and that’s the way Curra’s does it. Plain, simple and tasty.
Supposedly home to the original Mexican margarita, Cedar Door has been serving up the cocktail for over 20 years. I’ve haven’t made a visit yet, but I’ve only heard good things. Apparently, one of their bartenders visited Mexico and experienced a margarita served in a martini glass. She then included the olive and olive juice to make a true blend of the two drinks.
Because I live in north Austin, I don’t often travel south of the river. However, Polvo’s is more than worth the trek to the south side of town. Typically, you get about two drinks out of a standard Mexican martini. At Polvo’s, you get about four so watch out. Don’t worry though, they serve all you can eat chips and have an outstanding salsa bar to help absorb all that tequila.