Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico's underdog victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The triumph inspired the Mexican people and, six years later, the French were finally driven out of Mexico for good.
It has always been one of our most favorite holidays - tequila, margaritas, tacos, guacamole,chips, salsa, sombreros....what could be better? It is the best day to celebrate spring and brighter days ahead. Be bold & colorful - many Maureen outfits for this holiday like the God Only Knows Hawaiian top would really bring out the smiles on the holiday besides one tequila...two tequila......I forget the rest.
Here is a great Margarita recipe We found 'So Simple'
- Prep your glasses: If you would like to salt the rim of your glass, run a juicy lime wedge around the rim, then dip the rim in coarse Kosher salt, and set aside.
- Combine your ingredients in a cocktail shaker: Combine your tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Or if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can shake things up in a mason jar or just stir everything together in a measuring cup.
- Shake it, shake it, baby: Then give the mixture a good shake (or a good stir!) until it is combined and chilled.
- Taste and add sweetener, if desired: Give the marg a taste, and if you think it needs extra sweetener, add in a teaspoon or two of agave (or simple syrup) at a time, until it reaches your desired level of sweetness.
- Strain and serve on the rocks. Garnished with a slice of lime, if you would like. I also recommend using large ice cubes if you have them so that the ice doesn’t dilute the drink too quickly, but any shape of ice will do. ;)
- Add fresh herbs: Many of you have made and loved my fresh mint margaritas, in which I recommend muddling a few sprigs of fresh mint into classic margaritas. But feel free to also experiment with muddling in fresh basil, lavender, or cilantro for a different herby twist.
- Add jalapeño or serrano chiles: If you love a good spicy margarita, muddle in a few slices of fresh jalapeño or serrano peppers for a spicy kick. I recommend just starting with one or two slices — a little goes a long way with a single serving!
- Use mezcal or sotol: I almost always prefer mezcal margaritas to tequila nowadays for that smoky depth of flavor. But we’ve also done some experimenting with sotol (similar to mezcal) which is delicious as well! Also, if you would just like a hint of smokiness, feel free to try a 50/50 mezcal/tequila blend too.
- Use lemon instead of lime: If you happen to live in a place where limes are super-expensive (hello to our relatives in New Zealand!) or if you just want to try a different twist for your margaritas, try making them with lemon juice instead of lime. Or a 50/50 lemon/lime blend. It’s delicious!
- Make it “skinny”: If you would like to shave off some calories (and alcoholic content), try substituting freshly-squeezed orange juice in place of the orange liqueur to make a skinny margarita. It’s really refreshing and the margarita still tastes great.