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Drink a Desert Rose Margarita for Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2012

The Desert Rose cocktail — with guava, passion fruit, lime and of course tequila — makes a great sparkling alternative to a classic margarita for Cinco de Mayo.

Who doesn’t love a margarita, especially on an important drinking holiday like Cinco de Mayo? As you’re probably aware, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s equivalent of the Fourth of July. May 5 was the date of an important battle near the city of Puebla where the Mexican army defeated French forces.

Here in the US, it makes a great time to enjoy Mexican beer, tequila and margaritas. There are so many great twists on the classic lime and tequila cocktail (Pink Cadillac anyone?), so I thought of a way to add some of my favorite tropical fruits to the drink while I was writing my champagne cocktail book The Bubbly Bar. A few drops of rose water, guava and passion fruit make my Desert Rose one of the most fragrant margaritas you’ll ever enjoy.

Desert Rose

In this sultry sparkling version of a margarita, guava nectar and passion fruit juice add the sweet-tart flavor that would ordinarily come from sour mix.

1 ounce guava nectar

1 ounce passion fruit juice

½ ounce tequila

½ ounce Grand Marnier

Juice of ½ lime

3 drops rose water (optional)

3 ounces dry sparkling wine

1 key lime slice for garnish

Add guava and passion fruit juices, tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice and rose water if using to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a margarita style glass. Garnish with the lime.

Makes 1 cocktail

From: The Bubbly Bar: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion (Clarkson Potter, 2009)

 

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Flamingo Cocktail Recipe

January 31, 2011

Flamingo

The bright orange hue of this cocktail comes from the combination of the Italian aperitif Aperol and guava nectar. I like it with sekt, the light sparkling wine that comes from Germany. It would be fine before dinner though it would also be quite tasty with for brunch, if you can rationalize it.

Makes 1 cocktail

  • 2 ounces guava nectar
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4-5 ounces sekt
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Add guava nectar, Aperol, vodka and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled; strain into a martini glass. Top off with sekt. Garnish with a lemon peel.

© By Maria C. Hunt, author of The Bubbly Bar: Champagne and Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion Published August 2009 by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House

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The Rose Guava Pinky for MxMo August 2009

August 10, 2009
Pinky vodka was the inspiration for the Rose Guava Pinky cocktail. (Photo by Maria C. Hunt)

Pinky vodka was the inspiration for the Rose Guava Pinky cocktail. (Photo by Maria C. Hunt)


I rarely drink vodka and so I don’t usually think about making cocktails with it either. But I was intrigued when a liquor rep friend gave me a bottle of Pinky. It’s a pink vodka that’s infused with violets, petals and other botanicals, making it sound more gin-like. On it’s own, Pinky vodka has a hint of sweetness to it since it’s distilled from winter wheat. It also comes in a very pretty package.
And then when it I learned that vodka was the theme for Mixology Monday hosted by Felicia’s Speakeasy, it spurred me to see what I could create with it.

One of my favorite pink mixers is fragrant guava juice and with summer being a great season for so many herbs I I’ve been using herbs in lots of cocktails. The Rose Guava Pinky is what I came up with for MxMo August 2009.
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The Rose Guava Pinky
2 ounces Pinky vodka
2 ounces guava juice (canned, from Mexican product aisle)
1/2 ounce housemade sour mix
3 fresh raspberries
1 inch sprig fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish

Add the Pinky vodka, guava juice, sour mix, raspberries and rosemary to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a small martini glass or coupe champagne glass. Garnish with the rosemary.

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Desert Rose: A Sparkling Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipe

May 4, 2009
Fragrant guava nectar and cava sparkling wine make the Desert Rose a chic Cinco de Mayo drink. (Photo by Paul Body)

Fragrant guava nectar and cava sparkling wine make the Desert Rose a chic Cinco de Mayo drink. (Photo by Paul Body)

Whew, it’s been a busy cocktail week with Cinco de Mayo coming hot on the heels of Champagne Juleps for Derby Day this weekend!

Fortunately, I created this fun and fragrant sparkling tequila cocktail called The Desert Rose for my book The Bubbly Bar. It uses the same sweet-tangy-tequila formula as a margarita, but I thought a blend of guava and passion fruit juices would give this drink a tropical flair.

It gets its sparkle from cava, the sparkling wine from Catalonia in Spain, but any brut or dry sparkling wine would work. Segura Viudas makes several great and affordable cavas as does Cristalino. For a great in depth discussion of cava, check out this article from the Culinary Institute of America. Guava and passion fruit juices can be found in the juice aisle of any Asian or Latin grocery store.

Salud!

The Desert Rose

Makes 1 cocktail

In this sultry sparkling version of a margarita, guava nectar and passion fruit juice add the sweet-tart flavor that would ordinarily come from sour mix.

1 ounce guava nectar
1 ounce passion fruit juice
1 ounce tequila
½ ounce Grand Marnier
Juice of ½ lime
3 drops rose water (optional)
3 ounces dry or brut cava, chilled
1 key lime slice for garnish

Add guava and passion fruit juices, tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice and rose water if using to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a margarita style glass. Top with the cava or sparkling wine. Garnish with lime.