Cinco de Mayo (literally the 5th of May in Spanish) is a day that we celebrate all things Mexican here in the United States. It’s commonly thought to be Mexican Independence Day (it’s not – that is September 16!) but is actually in remembrance of Mexico’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla. We celebrate Cinco de Mayo with delicious Mexican food and drinks, namely margaritas! Through much trial and error throughout my youth, I have perfected homemade Margarita mix! Here it is:
- 2 oranges
- 4 lemons
- 8-10 limes
- 1 and ½ cups sugar
- 3 cups water
- Strawberry syrup-optional
- Triple Sec
- Zest one orange, 2 lemons and 4 limes.
- Put the zest in a saucepan with the sugar and the water.
- Bring just up to boiling and remove from heat.
- Juice all the fruit; you will need 3 cups of juice. Strain into a pitcher.
- When the sugar syrup is cooled, strain into the pitcher as well.
- Chill completely.
- I also make a strawberry syrup for strawberry margarita.
- That is just strawberries blended with water and sugar to a thin pourable consistency that is sweetened to taste.
- For each drink- fill a margarita glass to the top with ice. Pour one full jigger of triple sec and half to one full jigger of tequila over the ice. Then add strawberry syrup to the glass, if you like. Fill with mix and enjoy!
For our Cinco de Mayo celebration we served our margaritas self serve/bar style, and used our Watercolor Droplets in the large label size.