No one knows booze as well as they do. With years of experience in bartending, Vanderpump RulesCouple Tom Sandoval Ariana MadixThey shared their top cocktail recipes Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes From Two Professional DrinkersThey gave it to me. Us Weekly a margarita recipe perfect for Cinco de Mayo — or any day that ends with a tequila craving.
“Before you saw any Vanderpump Rules relationships unfold, we were both bartenders,” Sandoval, 38, and Madix, 36, write in the introduction to their book of Insta-worthy creations, which was cowritten by Danny Pellegrino. “We worked in some of the most popular bars in New York, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles. We served drinks to celebrities and socialites, housewives, cool folks, and certainly a few assholes. Our emotions and life may be lacking but our drinking and alcohol consumption is a huge problem. . . we are professionals.”
The couple, who have been together for over a year, shared their story. UsOnly ahead of theFancy AF release that the ideas didn’t just come from their bar menus. “Some of these cocktails came from us being out late at night, after the bar closes,” Sandoval revealed. “Somebody’s [like], ‘Yeah, come back to my place.’ You go back to their place, and they have a bottle of vodka. They don’t have any mixers. So we end up going through their cabinets, their fridge, and basically over the years we’ve almost learned how to make a cocktail pretty much out of anything.”
He added at the time, “That’s where this Desperate Bloody Mary comes into play. For instance, you fill up a water bottle to the first line, it’s exactly two ounces. The next line is water, another ounce. Three ketchup packets, two Cholula packets, little bit of Tabasco, and that is a damn good Bloody Mary.”
This marg recipe is however a bit more sophisticated. “All the drinks have a trash-o-meter,” Madix explained to Use. “So you’ve got classy on one side, trashy on the other, and it’ll tell you exactly where the drink lies on that scale.”
The Cucumber Pomegranate Margarita has a classy side.
This refreshing libation almost looks too good for home. “Cucumber and pomegranate go together beautifully,” Sandoval notes in the book. “You’ll often find them paired in a salad, but you can also combine them in drink form.”
Pro tip: Keep a cocktail shaker, and a muddler on hand! They prefer Boston-style cocktail shakers that work well with a Hawthorne strainer.
“Generally, when we say to ‘shake’ the ingredients in cocktail shaker, you should shake to a count of ten. More will dilute the drink, and less won’t properly mix the ingredients,” the Pump Rules duo writes.
Cucumber Pomegranate Margarita
Ingredients for 1 portion:
- 10–15 pomegranate seeds (or use pomegranate juice)
- 1/4 oz cardamom syrup
- 2 oz blanco tequila
- 1 oz cucumber juice
- 3/4 oz lime juice
- Cucumber slice, pomegranate seeds (for garnish)
- Cucumber slice, pomegranate seeds
1. Mix the cardamom syrup and pomegranate seeds in a cocktail shaker. Fill the rest of the cocktail shaker up with ice. Add the tequila. Add the tequila, cucumber juice and lime juice to a shaker.
2. Garnish with a cucumber slice or pomegranate seed, or both.
Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes From Two Professional DrinkersHoughton Mifflin Harcourt has it available now