These homemade refreshers are the perfect accompaniment for any party. Instead of opening a bottle of wine or putting beers on ice for your next get together, try filling glass punch bowls and pitchers with brilliant tart red hibiscus water, sweet and sour tamarind water, or chia limeade for an extra dash of color and charm to the table.
Chia Lime Agua Fresca
Makes 9 cups
2 quarts water
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup chia seeds
Several sprigs of fresh sage for garnish (optional)
Stir together the water, lime juice and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the chia seeds and garnish with the optional sage sprigs. Serve in tall glasses over ice.
Hibiscus Agua Fresca
Makes 1 1/2 quarts
2 quarts water
3/4 cup dried Jamaica or hibiscus flowers
1/2 cup sugar or honey
Orange slices for garnish
Bring the water to a boil. Add the flowers and return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 10 minutes. Stir in the sugar or honey, strain into a pitcher and refrigerate. Serve cold over ice with slices of orange as garnish.
Tamarind Agua Fresca
Makes 2 1/2 quarts
1 1/2 pounds dried tamarind pods or 1 pound pulp with seeds
1 gallon water
1 cup sugar
Remove and discard the hard outer pods of the dried tamarind. Combine the remaining dried tamarind or the prepared pulp with the water and bring to a boil.
Cook over medium heat about 30 minutes, or until the flesh is very soft, occasionally stirring and mashing with a whisk to break up the flesh and separate the seeds. Strain and discard the solids. Cool to room temperature and chill. Serve in tall glasses with plenty of ice.
Fresh Fruit Liquados
Liquados are lighter than milk shakes and can utilize virtually any fruit that is well ripened.
Makes 1 quart
2 1/2 cups chopped ripe fruit, such as 1 banana plus 10 strawberries, 1 small cantaloupe, 1/4 pineapple, 2 peaches or 2 kiwis plus 1 banana
1 1/2 cups cold milk
2 cups chopped ice
3 tablespoons honey
Combine the fruit with the milk, ice and honey in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately.
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.