Cinco De Mayo

Here comes one of my favorite holidays of the year: Cinco de Mayo! Now I fully admit that the reasons I love this holiday are far removed from the origins and traditions that may have started this holiday but as you may have heard already the true significance of this day in Mexican History is a bit hazy as it is. So here in New York I simply raise up my glass of tequila and toast to good food, good drink and the start of good weather.

This year I experimented with a few new margarita recipes that will surely have you looking for more holidays that give you an excuse to drink tequila all day long.

Blood Orange Margarita


2 oz Tequila
1 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Blood Orange Juice
1 oz Lime Juice
Sea Salt (optional*)

blood orangedirections:

*For a salted rim, rub the outer edge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in salt

In a shaker, muddle your Blood Orange and Lime. Depending on how juicy your limes are and how large your oranges are you will want about 1/2 a lime and 1/4-1/2 a blood orange.

Add Tequila and Triple Sec and a few ice cubes and shake for about 10 seconds.

Fill your salt rimmed glass with ice and strain your cocktail mixture into the glass. Leaving behind any pulp or rinds from muddling.

Garnish with a slice of lime and/or blood orange.


Blood Orange Margarita


Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita


2 oz Tequila
1 oz Triple Sec
Juice from 1/2 a Lime
Juice from 1/4 Cucumber
Jalapeno (to taste)

Cucumber Jalapeno


In a shaker, muddle cucumber and lime until you have about 3 oz of juice. Add jalapeno (to taste) and muddle slightly. I used only a small slice of jalapeno and it was plenty to give the margarita a strong kick so if you don’t like it too spicy you may even want less. Remember, you can always add more but you can’t take it out once it’s in.

Add Tequila and Triple sec.

Fill your glass ice and strain mixture into your glass, leaving behind and pulp and vegetable residue.

*Tip: you may want to enjoy this margarita with a straw. The jalapeno tends to leave you with spicy lips!

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

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