Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays. I always look forward to celebrating it, mostly because I love any excuse to drink Margaritas and eat Mexican food. And let’s be honest, it’s hard not to have a good time when you’re drinking a Margarita. Now I might get some flak from the Irish side of my family for saying this, but……….I actually like Cinco de Mayo more than St. Patrick’s Day. It’s true! It’s probably because I love me some spicy Mexican food and I’m also one of the random people who actually enjoy drinking tequila – so it’s almost like this holiday was made for me.
My recipe for the perfect Cinco de Mayo includes two things. The first is a good, strong, homemade Margarita, because let’s face it – it’s not Cinco de Mayo if you don’t drink at least one Margarita. My other Cinco de Mayo essential is a big bowl of guacamole and tortilla chips. I seriously cannot get enough guacamole…..it’s a little bit of a problem. I could probably take down a whole bowl by myself. Whenever I make it, I end up having to restrain myself and remember to save room for my actual meal. It doesn’t always work out though.
Like any true Cinco de Mayo enthusiast, I pride myself on making a killer Margarita. The recipe I use is crazy delicious and a wee bit dangerous……okay a lot bit dangerous if you don’t watch yourself. I usually warn people before they drink them (they tend to go down easy). What makes these Margaritas so great is that the recipe is really simple with only a few ingredients. Just a lot of freshly squeezed lime juice, a little lemon juice, and some tequila and Triple Sec. That’s it. Now, I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret. The surprising source behind my go-to Margarita recipe is none other than Ina Garten……..seriously. Who knew Barefoot Contessa had it in her? Turns out the same woman who shows us how to throw lovely outdoor brunches can also make a mean margarita. I did changer her recipe slightly, but it is still hands-down the best recipe I’ve ever come across. If you try it, I’m sure you’ll agree.
When it comes to guacamole, I don’t follow an exact recipe. Guacamole is one of those foods that people seem to have strong opinions about. Everyone likes it a different way. Some people are purists and don’t like to add in too much besides a little seasoning. Other people love to jazz it up with all sorts of mix-ins like diced tomatoes or even cheese. I fall somewhere in between the two. I don’t like to add in too much to my guacamole, but I do like it to have a little heat. My standard guac usually includes avocadoes, diced Jalapeño pepper, chopped shallot, a tiny bit of lime juice, salt, and cilantro (if I remember to buy it!). The proportions are always different and I add in everything to taste. If you like your guacamole fairly simple, but with a little bit of a kick this is a great version to try.
Well now you know my favorite way to spend Cinco de Mayo. I hope you guys have an awesome day and enjoy some good old fashioned Mexican themed fun!
Makes 4 drinks
Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup Triple Sec
1 cup tequila
¼ cup kosher salt
1 lime, cut into quarters
In a large pitcher, combine the lime juice, lemon juice, tequila and Triple Sec. Stir well and then set the pitcher in the fridge to chill for at least one hour.
To rim the glasses with salt, pour kosher salt on a small plate. Rub the edges of the glasses with the quartered lime. If you like your glass half rimmed (like me) then rub only half of the edge with lime. Then firmly press the rim of the glass onto the salt and give a slight twist.
Fill each glass with ice, then pour in your Margarita and enjoy!! But remember, these bad boys are potent so enjoy carefully!