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Cinco de Mayo {RECIPE} Mint and Ginger Margarita

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Cinco de Mayo {RECIPE} Mint and Ginger Margarita

Five facts that will make you sound smart on Cinco de Mayo while you enjoy a cold Mint & Ginger Margarita.

Now of course you already know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day right? Of course you do, because you’re a well-read, cultured individual. You also know that Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that marks something that involves a French takeover, the 1800’s and Napoleon Bonaparte. It’s kind of a complicated story, and since this is a food blog I’ll keep the history lesson short—ooops! Sorry Napoleon…

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1. Cinco de Mayo is a real holiday. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, officially named “Día de la Batalla de Puebla”, or in the U.S. “Day to drink too many margaritas”.

2. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Although it’s an important holiday in Mexico, it’s not our Independence day. In 1862 the Mexican government refused to pay its foreign debts to nations such as Spain, Great Britain and France. Napoleon III of France, who was in the imperialist mood and wanted to gain influence in North America, sent his troops to Mexico to establish a French-backed monarchy. But on May 5, 1862, Napoleon’s dreams were crushed when the French army suffered their first defeat in 46 years, at the hands of the less powerful Mexican army.

3. So why is Cinco de Mayo a big deal? The 1862 Battle of Puebla didn’t end the French occupation of Mexico but it marks an important point of history and is a testament of Mexico’s love for freedom and the fighting spirit that characterizes its citizens.

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Mint and Ginger Margarita

4. Margarita is spanish for Daisy, the name for the original drink that inspired it. There are a lot of stories out there about how the margarita was invented, but the most probable one is that the margarita was invented during the Prohibition era in the U.S., as the Mexican adaptation of the popular American drink Brandy Daisy. During prohibition years it was popular for Americans to drink in border towns, which is how the brandy Daisy became a Tequila Daisy. In later years others perfected the drink into the Margarita we love today.

5. If it doesn’t have orange liqueur it’s not a Margarita. Although most people use the less expensive Triple Sec in their margarita mix, the original liqueur of choice is Cointreau, a top-shelf orange liqueur. However, I prefer to use Grand Marnier.

Now it’s your turn to share! What is your Cinco de Mayo drink of choice? Leave your answer in the comments below. ¡SALUD!

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Mint and Ginger Margarita

INGREDIENTS: 

Use a 12 oz Glass:

1 1/2 TBS Fresh Mint Leaves

1/4 Inch of Sliced Ginger, peeled

2 TBS Tequila (Reposado is best)

1 TBS Grand Marnier

1 TBS Lime Juice or the juice of 1/2 a lime

1/2 Cup Ginger Beer (Not the same as ginger ale. Use less if you like your drinks strong!)

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1/4 inch Fresh Ginger, sliced and peeld

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. FILL half of a 12 oz glass with ice cubes, more if you like your margarita strong!

2. MIX the mint leaves & ginger with the tequila, grand marnier and lime juice in a separate glass and CRUSH the mint & ginger. I use the pestle from my mortar, but you can use a wooden spoon instead.

3. POUR the mixture into the glass with the ice.

4. TOP the glass with ginger beer and garnish with a stem of mint leaves if you have extra.

5. DRINK immediately and enjoy with a side of sunshine!

Have fun this weekend and let me know how your margaritas turn out in the comments below!

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Mint and Ginger Margarita

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14 responses »

  1. I will be making this tomorrow! Love it!

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  2. Love it! I will be making this tomorrow!

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  7. Oh it looks soooo delicious ~ lovely post ~ Enjoy ^_^

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  8. My mouth has been watering the entire time I’ve been reading your post! I will try your recipe with the Grand Marnier, mint, and ginger very soon – how could it NOT be great? YUM!

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  11. I LOVE THIS! I’m definitely gonna try this out. One of my favorite recipes is for a Cinco de Mayo Sunrise. You can take a look at it here http://www.weartostandout.com/blog/cinco-de-mayo-sunrise-recipe and tell me what you think! xoxo, WearToStandOut

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