This citrusy margarita with a hint of refreshing mint sets the mood for your winter escape to the tropics and sends the blues packing. Tangerines are packed full of Vitamin C and fiber, and some studies show their peels may lower cholesterol.
Makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces freshly squeezed tangerine juice
1 pinch tangerine zest
1 squeeze lime
5 fresh mint leaves
1 splash simple syrup, to taste
Ice, for cocktail shaker
1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
1 ounce sparkling water
1 mint sprig, for garnish
1 tangerine peel twist, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine tangerine juice, zest, lime juice, mint, and simple syrup. Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, mash the mint to release flavor. Add ice and tequila. Shake thoroughly, pour into a chilled glass, and top with sparkling water. Stir lightly. Garnish with mint sprig and tangerine peel twist and serve immediately.
Celebrate the last weekend of 2017 with Border Brunch and bottomless mimosas, micheladas, and bloody marys. Choose from unlimited small plates like Guava Empanadas, Chilaquiles, Steak and Egg, Chicken Tamales, Churro Tots, and more. View menus and make reservations below.
Toast to New Year’s Eve with festive dishes or select from the regular dinner menu. Holiday hours and menus vary by location.
Join us at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay for New Year’s Eve dinner specials such as Oxtail Tamale, Charcuterie and Cheese Board, Mexico City Tuna Tartare, Pan Seared Tenderloin and Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Crab Stuffed Lobster Fideo, Peruvian Half Chicken, Chocolate Tamale, Blueberry Ginger Tres Leches, and more! The 3-course dinner includes a glass of sparkling wine for $80 per person. New Year’s Eve specials and regular dinner menu will be available a la carte as well.
Celebrating in Los Angeles? Ring in 2018 at Border Grill Downtown LA with a la carte dishes like Lobster Bisque, Seeded Lamb Chops, Negra Modelo Short Rib, and Café de Olla Chocolate Cake. Happy hour drink specials and regular dinner menu will also be available.
Celebrate New Year’s Day with a very special edition of Border Brunch featuring unlimited small plates and bottomless mimosas, micheladas, and bloody marys! Brunch highlights include Bacon Jalapeño PBJ Sandwich, Mary’s Chicken & Waffle, Steak & Egg, Peruvian Shrimp & Grits, Breakfast Fries, Campechana, and Churro Tots.
To me, travel is like church. When I go to a new place and experience new things, it puts all my problems in perspective and reminds me of how small I really am. It also gives me an enormous sense of place, and connects me to the earth on a completely different level. Getting outside and diving head first into the culture I’m visiting is always transformative, which is why I can’t wait to get back on my bike with Tourissimo for my second bike tour in Italy.
Last June, I was fortunate enough to join Beppe and his crew for an impressively planned ride through the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. Famous for its Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, I knew that I would be in chef heaven. What I didn’t expect is how intimate of a look I would get at the locale. Cycling through the countryside next to fields and fields of grapevines was one thing, but our planned stops along the way gave us unforgettable, hands-on experiences that no other tour could provide. Our visit to a cooking school where we were able to cook with area chefs is an example of one of the many fresh angles this tour yields. We ate so much there, but felt no guilt since we knew we were going to burn off every last calorie as we rode to our next destination. You never know what surprises you’ll encounter when you roll into a new town. Check out the enchanting town of Bagno di Romagna.
The last time I was in Sicily, I went with the State Department as part of the Culinary Diplomatic Corps where I competed in the Annual Couscous Festival. This very friendly competition is more of a celebration of culture, as around fifteen nations bring in chefs to show what they can do. It was here that I got a glimpse of the Sicilian compassion and way of life- and it’s stuck with me ever since. I’ve always wanted to go back, and I’m excited to see what new perspectives Tourissimo can give me during our tour in a few short months. If you come along with us, you’ll get the opportunity to view the culture of Sicily through a chef’s eyes. Traci Des Jardins and I have been traveling together for the better part of 20 years, and we love discovering food together. We would love to share that love for discovery with you as well, and May is the perfect time to travel to the region, as the landscape is utterly breathtaking. We’ll play games, eat delicious foods, drink exquisite wines, get our exercise, and achieve a real feeling of reverence being on such ancient ground. Traveling on the roads that centuries of our predecessors have traveled helps us connect with each other on a deeper level- and that’s something we need now more than ever.