Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thirsty Thursday: This Saturday -- Tequila or Bourbon? Both!

This Saturday, May 5, is both Cinco de Mayo AND the Kentucky Derby. Each one in and of itself is a drinker's dream, but what do you do if you want to celebrate both?  Well, pace yourself, and make a plan.  Here's ours:

Contrary to public belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16, but is the commemoration of the Battle of Puebla. These days, it is celebrated more in the US as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride than it is celebrated in Mexico.

We're going to start the day with some fabulous huevos rancheros, some Mexican pastries and this scrumptious sounding drink from Patron Tequila, the Bloody Mariachi. 

1 1/2 oz : Patrón Reposado
3 oz : sangrita (tomato juice, diced jalapeños, habanero hot sauce, fresh lime and orange juices)
agave syrup
lime or cherry tomato for garnish

Rim a highball glass with agave syrup and dip in sea salt. Pour Patrón Reposado and sangrita over ice into the highball glass, and stir.
Garnish with a lime or cherry tomato.

After breakfast, we'll drink a bunch of water and take a walk (or a nap) before the Run for the Roses.  We'll toss on our best hat, make our wagers for our favorite horses, enjoy some Southern fried chicken, some Derby pie, and of course, some Woodford Reserve mint juleps.

As always, drink responsibly and have a designated driver if you're not celebrating at home.

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