Cinco De Mayo, Tres Margaritas

Let me  fill you in on a little known secret. Turns out, Cinco De Mayo is not the celebration of the birth of margaritas and tortilla chips. Rather, today is in commemoration of the historical Battle of Puebla, a defining day in the path towards Independence for Mexico. Yet like most modern holidays, booze takes center stage, as a cultural catch-all for pride and jubilation.

But before you go off and running to your first mediocre Mexican restaurant to slug a bunch of pre-mixed margaritas, let me offer up a few ideas for bringing the celebration back to your home. Because the margarita, when executed well, is one of the most perfect cocktails on the planet. But on the other hand, when it’s executed poorly it’s only perfect for creating the ultimate hangover. Try any of our three recipes below though, and you’ll be in the clear. Salt, no salt; On the rocks or frozen…well you can make that call. Just be sure keep the tequila flowing. Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone!

The Classic Margarita

2 oz 100% Agave Tequila 

1 oz Cointreau

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

In a shaker filled with ice, shake the three ingredients together and serve in a rocks glass. Salted rim preferable. 

Cucumber Margarita

2 oz 100% Agave Tequila

3/4 oz Cointreau

1 oz Fresh Cucumber Juice

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Follow same protocol as above. Fresh cucumber juice can be made either by using your juicer or food processor. If you don’t have a juicer, simply blend up the cucumber, skin and all in the processor and strain through a mesh sieve to grab only the juice. Again, salted rim is preferable. 

Grapefruit Margarita

2 oz 100% Agave Tequila

1 oz Cointreau

3 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Again, simple as can be but want to emphasize the fresh juice here. Canned or concentrate grapefruit just won’t cut it. Stick with one of the others if you can’t get the fresh stuff. In this case, salt is actually not recommended. I find the salt and the tartness of the grapefruit don’t marry as well as it does with the others. 

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