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5 Authentic Mexican Drinks For Cinco de Mayo

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Before you don that sombrero and guzzle that mango margarita, we need to educate you on a couple of things.

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is not, as many people might be screaming through the streets today, “Mexican Independence Day”? That’s actually September 16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates an unlikely victory against the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 – more than 50 years after Mexico won its independence. The holiday signifies resistance to imperialism and is only recognized as a holiday in Mexico’s Puebla region. Otherwise, it’s more of an American thing.

Another thing you might not know – the margarita, a drink you probably associate with the mostly-American holiday, is hardly even Mexican. An Irish bartender accidentally created the Tequila Daisy in Tijuana when he reached for the wrong bottle. As it happens, “margarita” is Spanish for “daisy.”

Don’t get us wrong! We love a good margarita as much as anyone else, and if you find yourself craving one, check out these great recipes.

But when you go forth celebrating today, why not try making some libations that people actually drink in Mexico? Here are some suggestions:

Paloma

This popular tequila, grapefruit, lime and soda drink will leave you feeling refreshed and light – a welcome change from sugary margaritas.

Pulque

Pulque, the ancient maguey cactus sap drink, is tequila’s predecessor and has been around since Aztec times. How does it taste? Creamy, delicious, and it really sneaks up on you. If you can get your hands on it, it’s a must try!

Michelada

This classic beer cocktail combines beer, lime juice, tomato or clamato juice and sometimes a few other fixings for the ultimate cerveza preparada. It’ll also be great for tomorrow’s hangover if you need some hair of the dog.

Tejuino

This fermented corn drink has a low alcohol content and is a favorite in Jalisco. If you want a refreshing, super easy to make drink, give this a try.

Spiked Horchata

This milky, cinnamon rice drink is so delicious and tastes great with a little booze. If you want something easier to make, you can’t go wrong with a Rumchata/Fireball shot.

If you want to make some less-traditional tequila cocktails, here are some more great ideas.

Featured Photo Credit: Protoplasmakid/Wikimedia Commons

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Drink Up, World – Tequila Is Good For You!

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Tequila lovers will be happy to know that the popular alcohol is actually good for you! 

Researchers in Mexico discovered that the blue variety of the agave plant that’s used in tequila is useful for strengthening bones and fighting bone conditions like osteoporosis.

Science Daily reported on the discovery, saying that the research team — led by Dr. Mercedes Lopez — conducted a number of experiments with animal subjects to reach the conclusion. 

“It was found that mice that consumed this fructans synthesized nearly 50 percent more of such protein, in addition that the diameter of their bones was higher compared with the subjects which were not supplied with derivatives of the agave,” Lopez said.

Consumption of fructans found in the agave “promotes the formation of new bone, even with the presence of osteoporosis,” she added.

Now you can drink your tequila with an even bigger smile on your face — not only will your margaritas taste good, they’ll also be helping your bones stay nice and healthy!

Source: Science Daily / Photo credit: Wikimedia 

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10 Margarita Recipes You Need To Try For Margarita Monday

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We already showed you how to make the ultimate classic margarita using a few quality ingredients. But sometimes you want a little excitement in your life, so why not experiment with some fancy variation on the classic by adding some new flavors? If you’re going to doctor up your drink, we recommend starting with this base and going to town.

Here are some delectable twists on a margarita that you should definitely try this Monday:

1. Prickly Pear Margarita

A gorgeous and simple but unique spin on the classic drink.

2. Ultimate Spicy Margarita

Because sometimes you just need muddled red peppers to make everything taste better.

3. Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita

You don’t need to add the dry ice effect, but come on, you really shouldn’t turn down an excuse to make your drink smoke.

4. Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

This tasty libation gets its kick from tangy grapefruit and spicy jalapenos. We think these two ingredients belong in every margarita.

5. Strawberry Sriracha Margarita

If you need something sweet, spicy and a little wacky, grab a bottle of everyone’s favorite rooster sauce and go to town. You can thank us later.

6. Cucumber-Cilantro Margarita

Cucumber and cilantro add a bright, refreshing twist. If you’re one of those people who hate cilantro, try subbing it for chili powder or another herb like basil.

7. Roasted Blueberry Basil Margarita

This will still taste amazing with raw blueberries, but roasting them brings out a really amazing flavor that you just have to try.

8. Smoky Watermelon-Jalapeno Margarita

The smoked salt does wonderful things to the watermelon and the tequila flavors. If you want to go overboard, swap out the ice in the glass for frozen watermelon cubes.

9. Avocado Margarita

Does this sound wacky? Sure. Is it delicious? Absolutely. Adding pureed avocado to your margarita will make it irresistibly creamy. Give it a try!

And for dessert…

10. Chocolate Margaritas

Chocolate makes everything better, especially margaritas. With cream, two kinds of chocolate and cinnamon, it’s a stretch to call this one a margarita, but we don’t hear anyone complaining.

Cheers!

Photo credit: Rick A./Wikimedia Commons

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This Is The Best Margarita Recipe, And It Is Insanely Easy (Recipe)

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Margaritas are a favorite cocktail, and for good reason. Whether you are enjoying a happy hour, a night out, or a beautiful afternoon at home, there is nothing like the tangy, fresh taste of a margarita (recipe and video below).

But did you know that you don’t have to go out to a bar or Mexican restaurant for a great margarita? You can easily make an extremely tasty margarita at home to rival the best one at any bar.

Before you whip out the ingredients you have come to know and love, we have some life-changing advice for you: put down the Triple Sec.

Seriously, put it away.

Pick up some agave nectar instead. You won’t regret it.

Agave nectar breathes life into your margarita, giving it a heavenly hint of sweetness while beautifully complementing the tequila and lime.

Make sure you grab agave nectar that is cut 50/50 with water, or your cocktail will be overly sweet and harder to mix. If you get the thick stuff, make sure you use a lot less of it than the recipe calls for.

While you’re at it, we highly recommend picking up an inexpensive lime squeezer.

They are cheap and will get a ton of juice out of your limes without any hassle. You use them like this:

Of course, you can always squeeze your limes the old fashioned way — we won’t be mad.

Once you have your limes and agave, don’t forget the most important part — pick up some good Blanco tequila (silver is good too), and you’re ready to become a margarita expert.

This three ingredient Partida Margarita Cocktail recipe, courtesy of Liquor.com, is easy to make and pretty tough to mess up. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz Fresh lime juice
1 oz Agave syrup (one part agave nectar, one part water)

Garnish: 

1 Lime wheel

Glass: 

Cocktail, Margarita or Old Fashioned

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake then strain into a chilled Margarita or cocktail glass, or an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.
Garnish with a lime wheel.

Source: Liquor.com / Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube, Honestly Yum, Nerd Bar, Cooking Light, Ace Spirits, Fine Cooking, Gourmet Sleuth, Sis Boom Blog

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