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Mercadito’s V-9 Cocktail

Mercadito’s V-9 Cocktail

A healthy cocktail can sound like an oxymoron, but Mercadito’s beverage directors, Tippling Brothers’ Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci, just introduced a new sip at the River North Mexican restaurant. The V-9 is a reinvention of the classic vegetable juice, and starts with a “super juice” made with kale, cilantro, pineapple juice, and ginger root, then spikes it with herradura blanco tequila and balances it with lime juice and agave nectar for sweetness. Begin by breaking out the juicer or blender and creating a blend of veggies, then pull out a bottle of silver tequila. This won’t replace your morning juice, but it may make you feel better about imbibing on a weeknight.

V-9 Cocktail


  • 2 oz. Herradura blanco
  • 1 oz. super juice (kale, cilantro, pineapple juice, and ginger root)   
  • 1 oz. lime juice           
  • ¾ oz. agave nectar     


  1. Shake all ingredients and pour into rocks glass.
  2. Garnish with cilantro leaf.   

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Amy Cavanaugh writes about food, drink, and travel for publications in Chicago and elsewhere. She is also the weekend editor of Chicagoist.