Curra’s Grill in South Austin is famous for its wonderful Tex-Mex food, all day long. They open at 7AM and go to 10PM. This “local” place makes the Texas Monthly “Best 50” list for Tex-Mex food, quite an accomplishment. And a deserved one.
My son, daughter-in-law, and I just had a great breakfast, which they happened to serve all day. My son was driving, it was too early for my daughter-in-law, but I absolutely could not pass up their signature dish: an avocado margarita. That’s a picture of it at top, with all the glory that smart phone camera can afford.
They keep their recipe secret, but The Austin Chronicle has researched for the two best replicas they could find. Here they are. On the web, I searched for other recipes, and I think these two recipes span the range of complexity you’ll find suggested for this beverage.
Yes, it may sound strange. No, it tastes wonderful. The avocado certainly adds that mellow color and just a subtle dose of smoothness that is a grand mate for salsa and chips.
I like breakfast in Texas.
Horny Toad’s Avocado Margarita
Ah, it’s that time of year again; the avocado is being celebrated in all of its green glory at the Avocado Festival in Carpinteria, Calif. – a town near the Horny Toad headquarters. In honor of this fruit of the gods, we thought we’d post a beverage recipe … enjoy!
Yield: 1 cocktail
- 1 ripe and delicious avocado
- ¼ cup fresh lemon or lime juice
- 2 cups crushed ice
- ½ cup tequila
- ¼ cup triple sec
Put in a blender and turn it on. It’s so simple; that’s why we love it. Then, rub the rim of the glass with lime and dip in a coarse sea salt and chili pepper mix. Sit back with some friends and enjoy the smooth goodness.
Aldaco’s Avocado Margarita
Yield: 2 cocktails
- 3 cups cubed ice
- 4 ounces Cuervo Gold Tequila
- 4 ounces Cointreau Orange Liqueur
- 2 ounces fresh lime juice
- 6 ounces of sweet and sour
- To complete the margarita:
- 1 large Hass avocado
- 2 ounce sweet and sour
- Chile-lime salt (optional)
- 1 avocado for garnish (optional)
Pour Frozen Margarita ingredients into a blender; blend until smooth. Cut open one avocado and remove pit. With a spoon, remove, in small increments, the meat of the avocado and place in blender. (Use one-half avocado for each margarita.)
Add 2 more ounces sweet and sour to frozen batch, and blend about 20 seconds. Rim martini glass with chile-lime salt, pour margarita into glass, and serve.
To garnish: Roll outer side of avocado slice in Kosher or chile-lime salt. Gently press slice onto the rim of glass.
I love mangos. I can never escape the feeling that the flavor in my mouth is tropical, exotic, and on so sweet. I rarely eat a mango by itself but prefer to combine it into salads, salsas, and beverages. Here is the perfect mango beverage: a Mango Margarita with loads of fruit. It’s an ideal weekend cocktail. The sweet but powerful flavor can complement spicy foods from anywhere on the planet.
This drink is about as easy a mixture as you can imagine. It ranks very high on the flavor-to-effort scale.
Yield: 2 large cocktails
4 ounces white tequila
2 ounces orange liquor [Mandarin Napoleon suggested]
Juice of 2 limes
1 cup of diced fresh mango
1 ounce of simple syrup
12 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend away until smooth. Pour into glasses rimmed with salt or sugar.
Source: Brian O’Rourke