If there ever was a time to break out those upside down sombreros, also known as margarita glasses, today is the day.
But, but, but for some reason in my plethora of glassware you won’t find nary a one. I suppose that has something to do with most of my “props” being hand-me-downs from my grandmother and she was more of a gin-and-tonic-sorta gal than a margarita one. In the summers especially she’d make herself a tall gin and tonic and carry it around neatly wrapped in a colorful paper cocktail napkin suited for the occasion.
Most of them were emblazoned with floral arrangements or wine grapes with lots of trailing vines. When she died I found four drawers full of cocktail napkins. My favorite had a nun drinking out of the aforementioned inverted hat and read ‘Sister Mary Margarita’. I guess she did enjoy a good ‘ol Mexican cocktail every once in a while.
Anyhoo, it’s Cinco de Mayo and while I can’t offer up a slurpee-esque strawberry marg in a glass the size of my three-year-old’s head I can offer a very tasty alternative. This drink tastes more like real strawberries and less like bubble gum. It allows you to drink a fruit-flavored cocktail and maintain your dignity. Also muddling the strawberries and lime wedges together smells intoxicating all by itself, just imagine what happens when you add the tequila.
Happy Cinco de Mayo party people!! Viva Mexico!
Follow the link for my favorite (and super easy) orange syrup recipe or substitute Cointreau or Grand Mariner for a slightly more boozy drink.
- 3 strawberries, quartered
- 4 lime wedges
- 1 ounce silver tequila
- 1/2 ounce Orange Syrup or Cointreau
- coarse salt, for rim
- Crush strawberries and three lime wedges in a cocktail shaker with a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon.
- Add tequila, orange syrup, and ice and shake vigorously until outside of the shaker is frosted.
- Rub remaining lime wedge around the rim of a cocktail glass and dip the glass in a shallow dish of coarse salt. Pour margarita into the glass and serve.