Today is the 4th of May 2014. That means Cinco De Mayo is literally around the corner! Whilst not usually a huge deal here in the UK, they revel in Mexican culture across the pond so it’s only natural they have a whole day set aside for a celebration of sorts.
Whether it’s Chocolate, Spicy Food or even a certain infamous Mexican spirit (or 2) Cinco De Mayo is a celebration and a time for getting together with friends and family…
So what are the 3 margaritas I have in store for you? Well let’s start with a classic recipe and tweak it a little…
Mi Casa Tequila:
Mi Casa Tequila is an extremely high quality 100% Agave Tequila, obviously from Mexico, and is unfortunately not readily available on the UK Market it can be found readily across the USA so if you plan on heading out there any time soon, be sure to pick a bottle up!
It’s an estate-craft tequila from a family run business and has wone numerous awards for their utterly fantastic tequila(s). You can find their page here, but be sure to check out their signature margarita before you do:
Mi Casa Margarita
2 measures Mi Casa Reposado
1 measure St. Germain
¾ measure Fresh Lime Juice
– Mix with ice in a shaker and shake until the tin ices over.
– Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a Lime wedge and fresh sprig of elderflower.
This is a refreshing take on a classic margarita uses the best Elderflower liqueur on the market and awesome tequila to create something familiar yet refreshingly different.
Try it this Cinco De Mayo or any other spring/summer evening it will be a refreshing break from your normal cocktail intake…
3 Slices red chilli pepper
2 measures 100% Blanco Tequila
¾ measure Cointreau
½ measure lime juice
½ measure sugar syrup
1 pinch cilantro
– Combine all the ingredients over ice and shake until the tin ices over.
– After filling a small rocks glass with cubed ice (and a few slices of red chilli should you prefer*) strain the drink into the glass and garnish with a chilli slice on the rim of the glass.
*The fresh chilli in the glass will add an undercurrent of heat and is recommended for those who love their spicy flavours. Feel free to leave it out if, like me, you prefer a little less heat.
This drink is what it says: Spicy. It holds no punches and can bring a person to tears if they don’t respect it. Using a top quality brand of 100% Blanco Tequila (what else) this drink really is something a little spicy; just the thing to celebrate Mexican culture this Cinco De Mayo…
Roasted Blueberry Basil Margarita
2 measures Grand Marnier
1 ½ measures Blanco Tequila (100% Agave)
2 measures Lime Juice
2 ½ measures Blueberry & Basil Flavoured Sugar Syrup
Garnish: Fresh Whole Blueberries, Basil leaves & Sliced lime. And a Salt/Sugar rim (3:2 Ratio).
– Rim a large rocks glass with the salt/sugar mixture (use the lime as adhesive).
– In a cocktail shaker combine the Grand Marnier, Tequila & Lime Juice, shaking `until the shaker ices over.
– Fill the glass with ice and then strain in the drink.
– To garnish; add a blueberry & Lime peel skewer and a fresh sprig of Basil to the top of the drink.
– Serve with a straw.
This drink is remarkably balanced considering the blueberries are roasted, it’s very easy to over-do them and turn them too bitter for the drink. However done right, the basil and blueberry work wonders for the tequila.
It’s a special little recipe I came across a few months back, tried and loved. It’s perfect for Cinco De Mayo and has a refreshing summer evening feel about it, which means you don’t have to wait too long before you can have another one!
So there you go, 3 margaritas; 3 very different cocktails. The best thing about these drinks is that once Cinco De Mayo is over you can continue enjoying them time and time again. Whether you’re a thrill seeking Picante Margarita, or a sweet and slightly roasted blueberry margarita; there’s a drink here for you…
If you’d like to know how to make the Blueberry-Basil Sugar Syrup then click here and roast away…
Links for further reading, original recipes, pictures etc…
Original Recipes & Pictures:
Mi Casa Tequila – Check out their Mission Statement