Wednesday, May 5, 2010

¡Viva México! Felíz Cinco de Mayo!

It's that time of year again! Time to celebrate and throw a fiesta! Everyone knows Cinco de Mayo is a big party day full of family, friends, Carne Asada, Salsa, Guacamole, Margaritas and Cerveza!

It's also a very significant day in Mexican history commemorating the day the small Mexican Militia under President Benito Juarez defeated Napoleon III's French army double its size in the town of Puebla in 1862. They fought an intelligent battle by using techniques that managed to outsmart the invading army. México's Independence Day falls in September, but Cinco de Mayo is a special day we celebrate here in the United States to honor our neighbors to the South. Although we were in the middle of our own Civil War here in the U.S. in 1862, General Phil Sheridan sent Union forces straight to the Texas/Mexico border to boost the Mexican Army and ensure the French were defeated! Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate the unity between my two countries.

México has shown gratitude on many occasions, sending troops to help fight along with the U.S. at Pearl Harbor and even offering support during the Gulf War and during Terrorist attacks.

Celebrate on this fun and special day! Celebrate Freedom, Liberty, and Unity!

Make your own Karinna's Margarita!

4 oz. Tequila

3 oz. Juice of Lime

3 oz. Grand Marnier

1/2 oz. Blue Agave Nectar

Rimming Salt, Lime wedge for garnish

Pour all ingredients into a shaker cup, add ice, cover and shake.

Rim the glass with salt, serve cold in a large margarita glass and garnish with lime wedge.

Variation: If you're really bar-savvy, try muddling some strawberries or cucumber into the bottom of the glass and shake up with the rest of the ingredients!



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