Cinco de Mayo & the underdog
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
- 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)