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Cinco de Mayo Favorites + a Citrus Margarita Recipe

Yes, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican celebration commemorating a famous battle against someone European...France? [Googled and I remembered correctly!]. But for the majority of us who don't know much about the history of this holiday, we do enjoy our many Mexican inspired delights on this day. Here's the link to my favorite corn salsa recipe [though not all that Mexican, still a must make for today!], my beloved taco recipe, and finally [but most importantly] the margarita that dreams [and hangovers] are made of. This year I'm putting a little spin on my margarita with the inclusion of a couple more citrus fruits. Usually, I just stick with limes, but I had grapefruit and orange lying around and a pretty bad ass juicer...and so my new margarita recipe was born!

Cinco de Mayo Citrus Margarita

I created a cocktail mix using eight limes, one orange, and one grapefruit. [still very lime heavy but with a touch more citrus!] I use agave as my sweetener, which I find doesn't need to be warmed up to mix into a drink, but if you were using sugar, here's what you'd do: combine 2 parts juice, one part water, and 1/2 part sugar.  So hypothetically, 1.5 cups juice [give or take since every fruit yields a different amount of juice], 3/4 cup water, and 1/2 cup sugar. Heat until the sugar dissolves, then cool completely and refrigerate. [there's nothing worse than a warm margarita...]  This will create a killer simple syrup.

Here's my version with Agave:

  • the juice of eight limes, one orange and one grapefruit. [makes about 12-14oz juice in my juicer]
  • 1/3 cup blue agave [or about 2.5 oz.] Use more if you like it sweeter- the grapefruit can be bitter!]
  • 1.5 cups clear tequila [12oz.]  
  • 1/2 cup water
  • LOTS of ice
  • Salt [for the rim, if you like that sort of thing]

Stir it all together in a pitcher and serve immediately! [if you're making it ahead, just don't add the ice until right when you'll serve it or else it will get watered down [there's nothing worse than a watered down margarita...]

Makes 6 margaritas [or three Jo sized margaritas :)]

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Now I REALLY want to go get Mexican food for lunch...hmm...