Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s May the 5th! Celebrate!
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexico’s Independence Day (from Spain) is celebrated on September 16.
Cinco de Drinko!
IT’S TEQUILA TIME! Tequila is the general name for a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, produced in the specific region surrounding the city of Tequila, 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco. Mexican law states that Tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and in certain places in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit and Tamaulipas.
The Champs! “Tequila” LIVE on the Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show on 3 May 1958
The two basic categories of tequila are mixtos and 100% agave. Mixtos use no less than 51% agave, with other sugars making up the remainder. Mixtos use both glucose and fructose sugars. Tequila is usually bottled in one of five categories:
- Blanco (“white”) or plata (“silver”): white spirit, unaged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation, or aged less than two months in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels
- Joven (“young”) or oro (“gold”): unaged silver tequila that may be flavored with caramel coloring, oak extract, glycerin, or sugar-based syrup. Could also be the result of blending silver tequila with aged and/or extra-aged tequila.
- Reposado (“rested”): aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size
- Añejo (“aged” or “vintage”): aged a minimum of one year, but less than three years in small oak barrels
- Extra Añejo (“extra aged” or “ultra aged”): aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels, this category was established in March 2006.
Pee Wee Herman performs “Tequila” from “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”
The Four Stages of Tequila:
2 shots “I’m rich!”
4 shots “I’m good looking!”
6 shots “I’m invisible!”
8 shots “I’m bulletproof!”
The traditional margarita uses Tequila, Cointreau and lime juice, though many variations exist and a large number of tequila drinks are made by adding fruit juice. The International Bartenders Association (IBA Official list of Cocktails) standard is 7:4:3, that is, 50% tequila, 29% Cointreau and 21% fresh lime juice
The standard margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice (on the rocks), blended with ice (frozen margarita) or without ice (straight up).
1 ounce tequila
Dash of Triple Sec (or Cointreau)
Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
Pour over crushed ice and stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime, spin in salt. Take care to moisten only the outer rim and apply the salt on it. The salt should just coat the rim and never mix into the cocktail. Add fresh fruit or juice for more flavor!
3 oz (6 parts) Orange juice
1-1/2 oz (3 parts) Tequila
1/2 oz (1 part) Grenadine syrup
Pour the tequila and orange juice into glass over ice. Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom. Do not stir. Garnish and serve on the rocks in a collins glass.
“Take another shot of courage
Wonder why the right words never come
You just get numb
It’s another tequila sunrise, this old world
Still looks the same”
~The Eagles “Tequila Sunrise”
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“One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, more…
four tequila, five tequila, six tequila… floor.”
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“But there’s booze in the blender,
And soon it will render
That frozen concoction that helps me hang on…”
“…Wasted away again in Margaritaville
Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame,
But I know, it’s my own damn fault.”
~Jimmy Buffet “Magaritaville”
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER!