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Mothers’ Day is tomorrow. When you bring her breakfast in bed, or serve her brunch, or offer that dinner you and the kids made, well, what is she going to drink? Something different. Something special. She deserves no less.

She deserves a Mexico 70.

I look forward each year to the publication of the Food & Wine Cocktail books. The 2012 edition has just been published and there, on the cover, are two sensational cocktails. That’s a classic Margarita on the left with agave leaves. And on the right, with the lime slice, is the Mexico 70. This year’s version, Cocktails 2012, includes the reinvention of over 40 classic cocktails. The Mexico 70 first appeared in 1970 when Mexico hosted the World Cup. Mexico did not win the cup, but drinkers everywhere can sample this wonder born that year.

The flavor here is deep and earthy. There is the natural heat and smoke of tequila, the powerful sweetness of agave, and the tingle of sparkling wine. That’s pleasure on many fronts, and surely Mom is entitled to that. [Dad, too!]

Mexico 70

Yield: 1 cocktail


  • 1 ounce blanco tequila
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ¼ ounce agave nectar
  • 3 ounces chilled dry sparkling wine
  • 1 lime wheel or lime twist, for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice and agave nectar and shake well. Fine strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish the drink with the lime wheel or twist.

Source: Food and Wine Cocktails 2012