Recipe of the Week: Tex Mex Martini

A southwestern spin on a classic cocktail.

Tex Mex Martini

Vancouver bar the Cascade Room has provided NUVO with bartender Matt Cardinal’s recipe for a Tex Mex Martini. A homemade chili lime cordial adds heat and acidity.


Tex Mex Martini



For the chili lime cordial:

4 cups water

4 cups white sugar

4 chili peppers, thinly diced

4 limes, juiced and zested


For the martini:

1 ounce mezcal

1 ounce Tito’s vodka

½ ounce olive brine

½ ounce lime juice

¾ ounce chili lime cordial

Salt (for martini glass rim)


Cilantro for garnish




For the chili lime cordial:

Bring water to a boil in a large pot.

Add sugar, chilis, lime juice, and zest.

Boil until sugar clarifies.

Fine strain and chill.


For the martini:

Salt the rim of a martini glass.

Place mezcal, vodka, olive brine, lime juice, chili lime cordial, and ice in a cocktail shaker.

Shake until chilled (around 30 seconds).

Strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with a piece of cilantro to add aroma.