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in the July issue of PHOENIX magazine? The mixologists at haute-Mex-hotspot Mission in Scottsdale offer this avocado-boosted whistle-whetter.
½ of a ripe avocado
1 ½ oz. reposado Cruz tequila (or any 100% blue agave tequila)
¾ oz. triple sec or orange liquer
2-3 lime wedges or ½ oz. lime juice
½ oz. orange juice
1 oz. sweet and sour
a “splash” of agave nectar
½ oz. Grand Marnier
: Slice a ripe avocado in half—the greener the inside of the avocado, the better the margarita will taste, Mission mixologist Mike Bunker says. Fill up a cocktail shaker about halfway with ice. Next, spoon in small chunks of the avocado over the ice. Make sure to use only half of the avocado.
: Add all of the other ingredients: 100 percent blue agave tequila, triple sec, lime juice, sweet and sour, and a splash of agave nectar. Add the Grand Marnier last. If the tequila isn’t 100 percent blue agave, the flavor won’t be pure. Avoid labels like “golden” when shopping for tequila.
: Shake it! Take another glass, fit it over the cocktail shaker and vigorously rattle around the mixture until the chunks of avocado liquefy into a bright green slush.
: Strain the mixture so the drink’s not chunky. Add the final product to an 8 oz. glass filled with ice to get a creamy margarita. “It’s a good drink,” Bunker says, “The avocado just balances out the acidity.”
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