Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Martinis, Nat's Park food tasting, and Celebrity Deoppelganger

Well let's be honest, for most of us it means consuming copious amounts of Coronas, and margaritas (with salt, extra lime) and trying to leave work a little early so we can head over to our favorite mexican restaurant. Which hey, if you love tequila and tacos like me, this may just be one of your favorite days of the year. But the real reason we celebrate Cinco de Mayo or the 5th of May (if you couldn't figure that out then you need to seriously brush up on your Spanish) is to commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Contrary to what most people think, it is NOT Mexico's Independence Day. While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. And to show my mexican pride (Ok I'm not mexican, but I lived there for three years, so that counts) I leave you with the best recipe you will ever have for a Mexican Martini. Follow closely and enjoy!

  • 2 oz. Tequila – Use a good silver tequila. (I prefer aged tequilas too for an oakier taste so you can use a reposado or anejo tequila as well)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
  • 2 oz. Lime Juice. Don’t use a mix for this drink. Sweet and Sour will ruin it.
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice.
  • 1 splash Sprite
  • 1 splash olive juice – or more to taste.
  • Jalapeno stuffed olives!

How To Make It: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it and strain it into a BIG cocktail glass with a salted rim. Spear a few jalapeno stuffed olives and garnish the drink. Serve it up.This is a really delicious drink that packs quite a punch. You can experiment until you get what you feel is the right blend of flavors. Certain people I know like it with a LOT of olive juice. That variation of the drink we call the Dirty Mexican. But use these guidelines when experimenting:

  • Use good tequila
  • NEVER use sweet and sour
  • Jalapeno stuffed olives really pimp the drink out.
  • Glass: Big Cocktail glass


Markette and I are headed to Nats Park to meet with executive chef Terry Louzon and taste test all the different foods. Yum so excited!! Tweet or Facebook us your questions!


Did you drink too many mexican martinis? Well whether or not you did you still may confuse Kelly Ann with her #1 celebrity look-alike coming in at a strong 90% Amanda Peet Close behind with 80% range across the board are celebs -- Michelle Rodriguez, Denise Richards, Kristanna Loken, Fernanda Tavarez, and Katherine Heigl to name a few. So what do you think how dead on was the face recognition this week?

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