Five ways to Cinco…Cont.

Since Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday you would think that it is celebrated to the utmost extent throughout the country, but ironically enough the largest celebrations take place in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston. (  In Mexico, May fifth is just like any other day; federal offices, banks, and school are still in session.  The largest celebrations take place in Puebla where the battle was won.  These festivities predominantly consist of battle reenactments and military parades.

So, how did Cinco de Mayo become such a big holiday in the United States?  Civil rights activists during the 1960s used the holiday not only as a way to highlight their pride for their heritage, but also as an example of the local Mexican population overcoming European influence.

With that said here are two drinks, one for Mexico and one for the U.S.


La Paloma

2 oz tequila*

1/2 oz lime juice

1 oz grapefruit juice

Grapefruit soda*


Salt half the rim of a bucket glass.  Shake tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice and ice together and pour into your prepared glass.  Top with soda and garnish with a lime wedge.

Ginger Jalapeño Margarita

1 1/2 oz tequila*

1/2 oz triple sec, cointreau, or combier

1/4 oz elixir g

3 jalapeño slices, about 1/4″ thick

~ 3-4 oz sweet and sour


Salt half the rim of a margarita or bucket glass.  If you want an extra spicy m margarita start by muddling the tequila with the jalapeños.  Otherwise, just add all the ingredients into your shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into your prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

* when it comes to choosing your ingredients I recommend you use what you like.  Personally, I would use Hornitos silver or reposado and fresca soda.

By Krystle Turkington


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