It’s no secret that we love tacos. With all the topping combinations for those picky eaters, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love tacos. It’s easy to love them on their own but just like peanut butter and jelly, tacos need a partner too. We will always love an icy Corona and lime, but during the hotter months we prefer to elevate our tasty tacos with cool cocktails. But how do you know what cocktail pairs best with tacos? In celebration of #ASalsaritasSummer and our love for tacos, we’re so excited to share four specialty cocktail recipes from an award-winning mixologist and which Salsarita’s tacos they pair perfectly with.

Rachael Blake of The Cavalier Hotel

We got together with Rachael Blake, a Beverage Specialist and Bartender at the newly restored Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach – a member of the prestigious Autograph Collection by Marriott Hotels. As Beverage Specialist, Rachael is always coming up with luxurious five-star drinks to woo the guests in one of many bars. Luckily for us, she gave us the scoop on different cocktails you can create at home to compliment your Salsarita’s taco experience. In Part One, we are sharing two cocktails and taco pairings. If you decide to make these at home, we’d love to see them! Be sure to tag us with #ASalsaritasSummer – Check back next week for Part Two including a cocktail with edible flowers! Follow Rachael on Instagram (@rachael_lynne_) for her amazing paintings, adorable dog, and of course her insane cocktails.

Recipe Card:

Beach 75

A charming variation of the French 75. Pairs Well With: Salsarita’s Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa 1oz. Botanical gin 1oz. Passionfruit Syrup .5 oz. Lemon juice Shake ingredients, strain into champagne flute. top with sparkling brut and garnish with lemon peel.

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Cabana Cooler

This cocktail is perfect for those who live life on the spicy edge. Pairs Well With: Salsarita’s Chicken Tacos with Hot Salsa & Jalapenos 1.5oz. Cucumber infused vodka (DIY) .5oz. Lime juice .5 oz. Lemon juice 1 oz. Simple syrup 2 dashes orange bitters Shake with fresh mint and strain. Add sparkling mineral water like Topo Chico and garnish with mint bouquet.

Read the second in this series: Part Two

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