This week’s Friday Cocktail honors Cinco de Mayo with the classic Margarita.
One would think the Margarita is as old as such classic cocktails as the Martini and Manhattan, but most accounts suggest it was created much later, sometime in the 1940s. Though differing in account, at least two origins of the drink suggest it originated in Tijuana, Mexico. See the wikipedia article here for more about the drink’s possible origins and variations.
Cinco de Mayo honors the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While the United States was busy fighting its own Civil War, France attempted to regain its colonial foothold in America by invading Mexico. The initial reason for the occupation, which lasted nearly six years, stemmed from squabbles over trade issues although this is an oversimplification. Ultimately, the day has become a celebration of Mexican heritage. And just like you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo has become a day of celebration—”commemorating the cause of freedom”—for everyone.
What you’ll need: Tequila, Cointreau (or Triple Sec), Lime Juice, and Salt.
Coat the rim of your cockatil glass of choice with lime juice, and then edge it with salt. Now, for the non-frozen variety margarita, pour 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, 1/2 ounce of cointreau (or triple sec), and 1/2 ounce of lime juice in a shaker over cracked ice. Shake and then strain into your glass. For the frozen version, simply put all the ingredients and ice into a blender. Blend until you have a smoothie-like consistency. Then pour into your glass. Garnish with a slice (or wedge) of lime.
How I like it: I’m not a huge fan of tequila, but even I enjoy this salty cocktail on occasion. For salt, I recommend sea salt. It’s also best to use white tequila; I used Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila Silver (made with Blue Agave). I definitely prefer the non-frozen version. I also hate—absolutely loathe—sour mix or any kid of mix used to create this drink. They just ruin what should be a light and refreshing drink, making it taste like sweet sludge. Keep it simple. Just use lime juice.