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Fiery Mexican Martini

My day job took me to Austin a few times earlier this year. I spent as much time as I could sampling* the local cuisine – barbecue and Tex-Mex.*Read: stuffing myself until I could barely move. There are a lot of wonderful things to eat in Austin, but my favorite was the Mexican Martini. Or the Texas Martini – I saw both names used for what is essentially the same drink. Tequila, orange liqueur, simple syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker full of ice, served in a martini glass with a salted rim. Drop in some olives stuffed with jalapenos, and the drink is ready to enjoy. My favorite version was the spicy Texas martini served at Chuy’s, where the tequila is infused with jalapenos, to give the drink a little extra kick. I came home determined to make it for myself. A Mexican martini is a simple drink, with no place to hide low quality ingredients. Get 100% agave silver tequila. You don’t want to infuse reposado or anejo tequila, and cover up all their …