Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Must-Have Tequila Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo‏

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and in anticipation of this festive holiday, we thought it would be interesting to share a few fun facts. For most of us, Cinco de Mayo means being able to enjoy great Mexican food and a few tasty cocktails, especially margaritas, but there is actually so much more to this holiday than you probably realized. This year, not only will you know a bit more information before the celebration, but you'll also be able to enjoy yourself with friends and family while having a few awesome cocktails created by Hornitos Tequila. Enjoy!

First and foremost, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexico's Independence, but is a celebration of the victory during the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. Due to an unlikely and unexpected win, this holiday became a source of pride for Mexico which is why it is celebrated today. One may think that this victory would be celebrated throughout the country of Mexico, but it is not a federal holiday and is actually a relatively minor holiday outside of Puebla, Veracruz and the United States. If you're wondering why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the U.S., it is because President Franklin Roosevelt enacted the "Good Neighbor Policy" in 1933 to improve relations with Latin American countries, and it was after this policy enactment that we now celebrate as well!

Are you wondering where the biggest and best Cinco de Mayo parties are being held? Los Angeles is at the top of the list, followed by Denver, New York City, Phoenix, and Houston. Parties everywhere are loaded with avocados (guacamole...yum!), music and let's not forget the tequila! To help you get your celebrate going, we've included a few must-have tequila cocktail recipes below.

Watermelon Paloma
  • 2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 1 part watermelon juice
  • 3/4 part agave syrup
  • 3/4 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part seltzer
  • Handful of cilantro
  • Paprika sea salt (for garnish)
  • Watermelon wedge (for garnish)
Preparation: Add all ingredients, except seltzer into a mixing glass and shake vigorously. Add seltzer and double strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a cilantro sprig, watermelon wedge and rim the glass with paprika sea salt.

Mexican Mint Julep
  • 1 1/4 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
  • 1/2 part fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 part simple syrup
  • Fresh mint leaves
Preparation: Lightly muddle mint leaves in a shaker, add ice and combine remainder of ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint leaves and serve. 

Hornitos Paloma
  • 2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 1/2 part fresh lime juice
  • 2 parts grapefruit juice
  • Tonic
Preparation: Combine all ingredients except tonic in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with tonic.

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