Olé, Olé, Olé!
Updated: Apr 29
Hello Amigos & Amigas!
Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for Fifth of May? It is not Mexico's 'Independence Day', but rather the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon, who knew? A little background of our culture for you.
Everyone loves an opportunity to PARTY! So today, this holiday is celebrated everywhere in the U.S.! It is a celebration of Mexican identity and ethnic cultural pride -- with parades, folkloric dancing and delicious dishes! The colors used are bright and fresh, like our tableware, and can be seen in decor, food and table settings! We are ready to go with this fun celebration and prepared a festive party kit for your enjoyment with your Family and Friends! Now available for $39.99 on our website HERE.
The BEST part of Cinco de Mayo is the food + drinks, amirght? Our favorites include: Guacamole, Salsa, Tacos, and Churros for dessert. For sure there is no Cinco de Mayo celebration without a proper Margarita. See Ria's favorite Margarita + Salsa recipes below!
Great food, family and friends makes this a festive day of celebrating! OLÉ!
WATERMELON MARGARITA ON THE ROCKS
4 oz Silver tequila
4 cups Watermelon, seedless
4 oz Watermelon, juice
2 oz Lime juice
1 oz Watermelon simple syrup
1 Course salt
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
Make the simple syrup by combining the watermelon and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Use a potato masher or another utensil to mash the watermelon and sugar together, pushing out the liquid and dissolving the sugar.
Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl or jar, pressing the watermelon to extract all the liquid.
Set aside to cool completely. (Makes just over 1 cup of simple syrup)
Next, make the watermelon juice by combining the watermelon and water in a blender.
Blend until smooth, pour through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl or jar.
To assemble the margaritas, use a lime wedge to line the rims of two glasses with juice. Dip the glasses in coarse salt and carefully fill the glasses with ice.
Next, combine the tequila, watermelon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake until thoroughly chilled, about 30 seconds, and pour into the prepared glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and serve!
ROASTED TOMATILLO SALSA
2 pound fresh tomatillos, husked & well rinsed
2 jalapeno peppers
1 medium onion, quartered
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
1/2 cup cilantro
Juice of 1/2 lime
Salt to Taste
1. Preheat oven to 450F
2. Add tomatillos, jalapenos & onion wedges to a baking sheet.
Toss with 1 tbsp of oil and roast for about 7 minutes.
Turn vegetables, add garlic and roast another 7-8 minutes. Cool.
3. Peel garlic & remove stems & seeds from jalapenos.
4. Add all vegetables to a food processor. Pulse until still chunky.
Add cilantro, lime juice & 1 teaspoon of salt, pulse.
With processor running stream remaining olive oil until Salsa
is runny but not smooth. Add salt as desired.
5. ENJOY! Serve with chips or as a Salsa for Tacos! YUM!!!