Cocktail Corner – May 2017

By on May 5, 2017

By Lucky G.

Hello and welcome back to another Cocktail Corner. I want to start by thanking everybody who told me how much they enjoyed last month’s article about some of the better-known vodkas on the market. It seems quite a few of you were surprised to learn new information about some of the vodkas that you drink on a regular basis – like Smirnoff being made from corn; it was actually the first gluten-free vodka on the market, long before Tito’s was ever a glimmer of a thought in any distiller’s mind. So, again, thanks to everyone who enjoyed the article and let’s get to drinking …

This month we have a couple of events to celebrate that go hand-in-hand with having a few cocktails. One, of course, is Memorial Day – which kick-starts all the summer festivities – and the other is that great Mexican event – Cinco de Mayo. It’s actually not much of a celebration in Mexico, but it’s a huge party day in the U.S., when everyone gets to be Mexican for a day – sort of like St. Patrick’s Day, except you wear sombreros and serapes instead of shamrocks and kilts. Personally, I can’t wait, because Brooke, and her friend Amy, say they have some great ideas for wearing sexy sombrero, boots, and serape outfits – yowzah! Anyway, this means a few tequila drinks are in order, but first, let’s start things off with a bit of history.

A lot of people think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, but that’s actually September 16. Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the day that the Mexican army defeated the French army at the town of Puebla. This was a big deal, because the French army not only had three times the number of men (6000 to 2000), but was supplied with better weapons; and despite this, the Mexicans defeated the French in a rout – sort of like Ramapo College beating Michigan in football; you get the idea. So when the news of this victory reached those Mexicans in the U.S, they celebrated by shooting their pistols into the air and setting off fireworks – and drinking quite a bit of tequila – which is a celebration that’s continued to the present day (without the firing of pistols, of course). And this leads me to the next order of business – the cocktails.

Cinco de Mayo is like St. Patrick’s Day in that the drinking is usually pretty wild, with lots of beer and shots. And like St. Patty’s Day, I’m going to give you a small list of cocktails that are different then the norm, and certainly worthy of tossing back a few on a singular day. Some of them are traditional tequila drinks that everyone’s had at one time or another and some are tequila drinks that probably most people have never heard of, but are good cocktails nonetheless. And just like that Irish day of celebratory drinking, I’m going to leave the choice of tequila up to you, because however you choose to be Mexican for a day is totally up to you. Now, let’s get to those cocktails – which, by the way, are all served in tall glasses.

Tequila Sunrise
This is a drink that all of us are familiar with and is a very refreshing cocktail on a hot day … Pour two ounces of tequila – fill with orange juice – drizzle grenadine on top and garnish with a cherry.

The name of this drink means dove in English, and it’s said to be more popular of a cocktail in Mexico than the Margarita … Pour 2 ounces of tequila – fill ¾ with Sprite and the other ¼ with grapefruit juice.

Smoky Paloma
I didn’t want to forget about you mezcal lovers out there, so just think of this smoky version of the Paloma as a gray dove … Pour 2 ounces of mezcal – fill ½ with Sprite and the other ½ with grapefruit juice.

Here’s an oddly interesting name for a drink that’s supposed to be very popular in Mexico … Pour 2 ounces of tequila (make sure the glass is rimmed with salt) – 1 ounce of sour mix – fill with Coke and garnish with a lime wedge.

Tequila Daisy
Here’s a very refreshing drink that goes down real easy on a hot day – whether at the beach, on a lake or just about anywhere … 1½ ounces of tequila – ½ ounce of triple sec – ½ ounce of sour mix – fill with Sprite.

Here’s another refreshing drink that both Brooke and Amy are pretty sure was created because of some chick – and I’m not about to doubt them … 1½ ounce of tequila – ½ ounce of blue curacao – fill with pineapple juice.

Rio Bravo
This drink has that ultra-cool, John Wayne movie name going for it … 1 ½ ounces of tequila – ½ ounce of mezcal – 1 ounce of sour mix – fill with ginger ale – add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Tequila Sunset
If you started your day with a Sunrise, then it’s a moral imperative that you end it with a Sunset … 2 ounces of tequila – fill with orange juice – drizzle blackberry brandy on top and garnish with a cherry.

Okay, a nice collection of drinks for everyone to enjoy on Cinco de Mayo, and anytime afterwards. In fact, there’s nothing to say that you can’t enjoy these cocktails on Memorial Day either, because tequila is a refreshing and festive alcohol – though you might have noticed that I didn’t include the Margarita. That’s because you can get this cocktail almost anywhere, especially on a day about all things Mexican; and I thought it would be more fun to try something new, different, and exciting to make your celebration that much more festive – because that’s the kind of guy I am. So remember to have fun, but be safe doing it. In the meantime, Brooke and Amy just asked me if I could give them my opinion on their boots and serapes, so hasta la vista, baby …


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