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Que Viva Cinco de Mayo

May 3, 2009

Cinco de Mayo is upon us following quick on the heals of the Derby (was that an amazing race or what??).  The “Fifth of May” celebrates the militia victory over the French army in the Mexican state of Puebla circa 1862.  This is not, by popular belief, Mexican Independence Day, which is actually September 16th.

Somehow the world, especially the U.S. has latched on to this day as a celebration of Mexican culture in the same way it has with St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture.  And why not since we are neighbors after all:

With all the turmoil in Mexico right now, I think this is a great time for us to remember the good things that come from our neighbor to the South, especially a couple of drinks:

Let’s start with the Margarita.  Yes, I did a post on margaritas a few months back, but let’s hit it again:

                                Margarita

2 oz tequila                                      ! ½ oz Tequila

1 oz Cointreau                                ½ oz Cointreau

½ oz fresh Lime juice                      1 ½ oz Simple Syrup (1:1)

                                                       2 oz fresh Lime Juice

Either recipe, Combine all ingredients in a shaer with ice, and shake.  Strain the first up into a cocktail glass rimmed with salt or the second strain over ice into your tumbler or margarita glass rimmed with salt. Garnish with lime wedge.  If you want to dazzle your friends, substitute Agave Nectar for the simple syrup.  You can also sub out almost any liqueur for the Cointreau as well.  Some ideas are blue curacao, amaretto, Midori and peach schnapps

With the exception of the margarita and shots of course, I think tequila and mescal tend to get ignored   but there is plenty of opportunity with this liquor.  We don’t need to limit our appreciation of this fine spirit to these mediums.  Here are a couple other libations to dazzle your day:

Cactus Juice

2 oz Tequila

1 oz Amaretto

½ oz lemon juice

Shake and strain with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cherry.

Tequila Old Fashioned

2 ½ oz Anejo tequila

1 sugar cube (Agave Syrup works great too!!)

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Splash of water

Pineapple stick

Muddle the sugar water and bitters.  Add ice and tequila.  Stir and serve with pineapple stick

Bonita Azul

1 ½ oz tequila

1 oz Blue Curacao

3 oz 7 up

3 lime wheels

Build in a Collins glass and add lime wheels, stir to combine.

Hope you enjoy these little libations influenced by our friends South of the Border. 

Viva Cinco De Mayo y Salud!

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