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Cinco De Mayo Plans

May 5th Party Time!!!

Like so many of the world’s holidays, people gather with friends and family to enjoy some good ole fashioned drinking. Cinco De Mayo is no exception.

I am quite positive that many of you are already ready to go and geared up for a fun filled weekend. Being a Mexican holiday, most people are going to go wild for tequila shots. While that can be fun and all, before you stock up on some Patron, we recommend you start out with some good tequila and save the shots for when the party starts.

I am not saying Patron is bad but any true tequila connoisseur will generally skip the fashion line tequila’s and choose to sip on some fine tequila. My personal reason being is most people like to shoot Patron because of the mild flavor and light slap to the taste buds it gives. It’s not commonly enjoyed slowly.

It is similar to drinking a Pabst Blue Ribbon or similar light beer. Not that its bad but the whole point is to get a buzz and not think about flavor. Good tequila is meant to be as one Tequilier taught me,” kissed gently like a fine woman. You want to admire the legs, and savor every ounce of voluptuousness.”

You may not want to get that intimate with your tequila. However, here are some amazing tequila’s to get you started. Think of it as a way to ease in to the night before the shots start flowing.

El Tesoro Anejo

To get started I feel it is a must to recommend El Tesoro Anejo. This is a tequila rightfully described as one of the finest sipping tequila’s. Many are blown away by the full and robust body of flavors it offers. Not surprising, as it is oak barrel aged for two to three years.

Espolon Reposado

I recently came across this bottle in the store and decided to give it a shot. After all the price was great and my tequila stash was a bit low. I was very happy to find a great new reposado tequila. With its affordable price of around $18, it lends itself well to a great bottle to share among friends. Aged 3 to 5 months in new American oak barrels, this tequila is medium body that hits you with spice and consoles you with sweetness.

Correlajo Blanco

While many enjoy anejo or reposado tequila because of its smoother and fuller flavor, I personally would take a blanco any day. I love the raw agave flavor and the bite that comes with a blanco tequila. While there are many to be enjoyed, this is a classic but goodie on my list. Corralejo blanco is an unaged peppery tequila with a crisp finish.

Mixed Drink Option

Nothing beats a classic margarita. Especially here in Florida with the weather getting hotter, a cold margarita can be a great cool down.

Personally a real margarita is made with love. None of that store bought mix should even enter the room. Each mixologist will have a personal way of making their margaritas so of course I have a personal recipe as well All you need is blanco tequila, triple sec, agave syrup, fresh limes, fresh oranges, fresh grapefruit, and salt.

In a shaker:

  • Fill with Ice
  • 3 ounces of Blanco Tequila (I recommend a mixing tequila like Hornitos Plata)
  • 1 ounce Triple sec
  • 1 Lime (Can vary based on levels of tartness)
  • 1/2 Orange
  • 1/4 Grapefruit
  • 1 tsp Agave Syrup

Your glass:

  • Coat your glass rim with agave syrup
  • Dip in Salt

Shake the ingredients and pour over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

If you want to take it up a notch, flavored salt rims can be fun. I like to make a mix of salt, lime zest, and a little chili powder. Blend in a food processor and you have a zesty spice to your margarita.

For you Beer Lovers

Perhaps you want to take advantage of the festivities but tequila is not your thing. This weekend if you want a fun beer filled outing 3 Daughters Brewing is having their Cinco De Mayo 5K. It’s free and after a good run, a good beer may be your best friend. Should be a fun event and don’t forget to bring your sombrero’s.

All in all be safe this weekend.

The Pool Boy

A lover of all things food and beverage related, Ron Nattress is on the constant hunt to learn and experience all he can. A man of many hats, he takes his passion from grain to glass to readers.

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