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How to make a Mexican Martini

How to make a Mexican Martini

Ok so let’s talk about a super fun drink, The Mexican Martini. This drink has become my all time favorite version of a martini.

The first time that I had it was at a local restaurant called La Hacienda Ranch in Colleyville, Texas.

After that we knew that we had to go home, figure out this recipe and perfect it.

We host a Christmas brunch each year at our house. This year our theme was Mexican. Years past it has been seafood, cheese and bacon and many other fun themes.

So when we settled on what would be on our taco bar and all of the other fun food, we transitioned to drink ideas. Of course, we were settled on our theme drink being the Mexican Martini.

I am a big fan of a Martini. I always feel sophisticated when I drink them, like I am in an episode of Mad Men. However, Martinis are also super strong so when I make one at home, I tend to add in water and less gin or vodka.

Don’t even get me started on the gin vs vodka debate.

A Mexican Martini is like if a traditional martini and a margarita had a baby. It uses tequila instead of vodka. It also includes lime juice, which is where that margarita taste comes in.

Then we include olive juice, which is traditional to a martini.

Finally, we finish it off with an orange liquor which brings back that tart margarita flavor. These don’t require a lot of effort.

You just throw all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake.

Trust me, you gotta try this drink.

What is a Mexican Martini?

A Mexican Martini deviates from the original Martini quite a bit but still holds the spirit. This martini exchanges tequila for gin. It also adds lime juice to the mix.

What Goes in a Mexican Martini?

A Mexican Martini includes Tequila, Lime Juice, Olive Juice and Cointreau or Orange liquor.

Mexican Martini Recipe

Mexican Martini Recipe

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes

Learn how to make the Texas version of a Mexican Martini. This martini includes lime juice and olive juice.


  • 1 ½ oz Tequila
  • 1 ½ oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • ½ oz Olive juice


  • Fresh lime for garnish
  • Fresh olives for garnish


  1. Add ice to a cocktail shaker
  2. Add all ingredients, excluding garnish, into the cocktail shaker
  3. Shake vigorously
  4. Strain ingredients into a martini glass

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Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

Not as boozy, but I like it as much as the 3-2-1-half margs I typically make. Thank you!

Andi Reis

Thursday 7th of July 2022

Thanks so much for your feedback, Scott!


Friday 30th of April 2021

Make sure your olives are jalapeno stuffed.

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