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Mexican Martini ~ Trudy’s Copycat

Like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy’s in Austin.

Mexican Martini ~ like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy's in Austin | FiveHeartHome.com

Cinco de Mayo is just a few short weeks away and, I don’t know about you, but I relish any holiday that can be celebrated by eating vast quantities of chips, queso, and guacamole…all washed down by a margarita (or three)! So I do believe a new margarita recipe would be just the thing to commemorate this occasion… 😉

Mexican Martini ~ like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy's in Austin | FiveHeartHome.com

While Mexican Martinis carry the moniker of, well, martinis, they are actually margaritas on the rocks…in disguise. Made with your standard margarita ingredients, what sets these apart is the fact that they’re spiked with olive juice — à la dirty martini style — and shaken in a cocktail shaker before being poured into a martini glass. The result is a chilly, refreshing cocktail that’s a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and capable of adding a whole lotta olé to your fiesta!

Mexican Martini ~ like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy's in Austin | FiveHeartHome.com Invented here in Austin, you can find various versions of Mexican Martinis at bars and restaurants across town. But my favorite has always been the MMs at a local Mexican restaurant chain called Trudy’s. And today’s recipe, friends, is a pretty darn good copycat of those Trudy’s Mexican Martinis.

So let’s break it down like a bartender, shall we? Start with a good tequila, because you’re going to be able to detect it. I prefer tequila plata (that would be “silver tequila,” for those of you not lucky enough to have had four years of Señor Rust for high school Spanish 😉 ), but gold tequila is good, too. Then comes your favorite type of orange liqueur. I keep Cointreau on hand, but Triple Sec works equally well.Mexican Martini ~ like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy's in Austin | FiveHeartHome.com

A true margarita connoisseur already knows that the key to an excellent margarita is using fresh-squeezed fruit juices. Lime juice is obvious, but have you ever added fresh orange juice to a margarita? It mellows out the liquor and adds a touch of citrus-y sweetness. Perfecto!

Next, we’re going to cheat just a bit…shhhhh! I typically use simple syrup to add sweetness to cocktails, but for these Mexican Martinis, lemon-lime soda (with its extra punch of citrus) is a nice stand-in, not to mention it’s as easy as popping open a can.

Mexican Martini ~ like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy's in Austin | FiveHeartHome.com Finally, you’ll need to add a splash of the most important Mexican Martini ingredient of all…OLIVE JUICE! You are certainly welcome to get fancy and buy one of those bottles of olive juice from the liquor store, destined for dirty martinis. But alternatively, you can just buy a jar of green, pimiento-stuffed olives (manzanillas) and pour a bit of the liquid in which the olives are swimming into your drink. As far as how much olive juice to add, start with a splash and then add more, to taste, if you like your martinis extra-dirty.

Mexican Martini ~ like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy's in Austin | FiveHeartHome.com And then…shakeshakeshake your margarita concoction with plenty o’ ice in a shaker, pour it into a salt-rimmed martini glass, and garnish with a skewer of precisely three olives. Okay, okay…I guess you can use as many olives as you want. But I have found three to be the perfect number required for finishing my cocktail. Mexican Martini ~ like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy's in Austin | FiveHeartHome.com

One shaker actually makes enough for about two drinks, so it’s up to you if you’re going to claim it all as your own or share. As for the potency of this cocktail, please know that you are free to tweak it to your taste! I typically top mine with a bit more Sprite and a smidgeon more olive juice, but adjust any of the ingredients to your liking. Everyone has a different tolerance for how weak/strong/sweet/salty they prefer their spiked beverages, but I feel like this recipe is a pretty good baseline starting point.

And that’s it…you’re all set for Cinco de Mayo! Although everyone will understand if you need to practice this Mexican Martini recipe a few times before May 5th to get it juuuuust right… 😉

Mexican Martini ~ like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy's in Austin | FiveHeartHome.com

Mexican Martini ~ Trudy’s Copycat

Yield: 1 shaker, which yields about 2 martini glassfuls

Mexican Martini ~ Trudy’s Copycat

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila (decent -quality recommended)
  • 2 ounces lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite or 7-Up)
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Triple Sec)
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Splash of olive juice
  • Coarse salt (such as kosher salt, for rimming the glass)
  • Pimiento-stuffed green olives (manzanillas), for garnish

Instructions

  1. Measure tequila, soda, orange liqueur, lime juice, orange juice, and olive juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into salt-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a skewer of olives.

Notes

Spread a thin layer of coarse salt onto a plate. Use a slice of lime to wet the edge of the martini glass, then dip in the salt, turning until well-coated.

To add some spice, garnish with gourmet green olives that have been stuffed with jalapenos.

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Comments

  1. I just got new martini glasses & shaker and I love margaritas. AND Cinco de Mayo is on its way. I think
    we have a good match here. Pretty snazzy looking drink. And simple—thank the heavens.

  2. Oh you make me nostalgic for Austin! I spent many a nights at Trudy’s having the two drink Mexican Martini limit!
    We learned the way around it!

    I just happened across your blog and I miss Austin just a little less!

    Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it this weekend.

    I am just getting started but please check out my site. If you like it, link back to me and I will be happy share yours with all my fellow Texas Exes!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi there! I apologize for my delayed reply…I’ve been out of the country. Congrats on your new site…I hopped over and it looks great!

      Trudy’s is such a fun place and Austin is such a great city…I’m glad that this post resonated with you. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the Mexican Martini recipe if you had a chance to try it and hope you have a great weekend!

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