Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo Drinks

Ahh! Summer is upon us. Today we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the day set aside to commemorate General Ignacio Seguin's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. As to how this translates to fajitas, tequila, and piƱatas, I'm not quite sure.

But, who am I to argue with tradiciĆ³n?

Here are a few classic drinks to make your cinco sensational.

Classic Margarita
1 1/2 reposado tequila
1 oz Grand Marnier orange liqueur
3/4 oz fresh squeezed Mexican lime juice
Splash of orange juice

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a salt-rimmed cocktail glass and serve with a lime wedge.

If you don't use Mexican limes, add a tsp or so of sugar.

La Paloma
1 oz blanco tequila
3/4 - 1 1/2 oz lime (depending on taste)
pinch of salt
grapefruit soda (such as Squirt)

Fill a collins or highball glass about half-way with ice cubes. Add the tequila and salt. Squeeze in the lime and then drop the rind in the glass. Top off with grapefruit soda.

Tequila Sunrise
1 1/2 oz reposado tequila
1/2 oz Rose's Grenadine
4 oz orange juice

Fill a collins or highball glass about halfway with ice and add tequila. Pour in orange juice to taste. Tip glass and pour grenadine down the inside of the glass. It should hit the bottom and begin swirling up. Garnish with a cherry and orange wheel or slice.

If anyone else has a favorite Cinco drink, feel free to share!

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