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Cinco de Mayo & the underdog

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a well mixed margarita

Bet you didn't know.

It's about the little guy beating up the big guy.

The celebration commemorates a Mexican battle victory (not Mexican Independence Day). The quick version: a Mexican Army of about 4,000 soldiers beat a much larger and better equipped French Army of 8,000 on May 5th, 1862. The victory in the Battle of Puebla (about 100 miles SE of Mexico City) became a source of great pride and inspiration.

Fast forward a century and a half, and it has become a major celebration and holiday. We'd say, "kinda-like" those created holidays to sell greeting cards and flowers, but with salsa, chips and margaritas.

If you're thinking, dang it, I'm going to toast to the underdog....then Cinco-de-Mayo is your day.

What better way to do it, than with a classic, homemade margarita? Hey, we get the "homemade" part of this is critical. ;-)

And, we aren’t talking about that stuff you buy in a plastic bottle.

Our favorite recipe is simple, and so much better than anything you can get off a shelf. Freshly squeezed lime and orange juice make this extra refreshing and summery. Add 'good' tequila and a salty glass rim and you have set yourself up for a perfect, easy, and tasty Margarita. Kick back and enjoy! 


  • One lime, quartered
  • Salt
  • Ice
  • ½ cup fresh pressed lime juice (about 5 limes or bottled lime juice if you're in a pinch)
  • ¼ cup fresh pressed orange juice (one very juicy orange)
  • ¾ cup triple sec
  • 1 cup good white tequila


  • Rub one-quarter of lime around the rims of four glasses.
  • Dip glasses up-side-down onto a plate covered in a thin layer of salt.
  • Squeeze the limes and oranges to make your own margarita base.
  • Add your base mix, triple sec, and tequila to a pitcher.
  • Stir well.
  • Pour over glasses rimmed with salt and filled with ice. 
  • Makes 4 servings. (It's ok to double the recipe)


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