In Los Angeles, Cinco de Mayo is definitely a thing. Mexico is a major influence on the city’s culture. In the words of the late great rhythmic American poet Tupac Shakur, “It wouldn’t be LA without Mexicans. Black love, Brown pride, and the sets again…”
Besides celebrating the success of resistance, Cinco de Mayo is also a reminder that very soon, it will be summer. And nothing says “summer” more than my favorite cocktail: a margarita on the rocks, with fresh-squeezed lime juice.
Everyone has their own version of the classic margarita. A good, sweet and sour mix is key, whether you make it yourself or buy a pre-made concoction. I’ve never made the sweet and sour mix, I just buy the best margarita mix I can find, without too many additives and preservatives. One day when I’m feeling ambitious I’ll try making sweet and sour margarita mix, and blog about it. 🙂
In terms of tequila, I am very picky. I tend to go for El Jimador, a pretty smooth and well-priced brand. I also like Cazadores. It doesn’t matter to me whether my tequila is silver or gold. Patron and Jose Cuervo make my head hurt, so I stick with my favorites. I don’t care enough to add Triple Sec when I’m making margaritas at home, so my recipe is pretty basic. Read on for a single serving DIY margarita recipe – multiply the ingredients for more servings.
DIY Margarita Recipe:
(Yields one serving)
- 1 shot of tequila (1 oz)
- 1 oz margarita mix
- Juice of 1/2 fresh lime, cut into wedges
- Serving glass
Pour a couple teaspoons of salt onto a plate. Take a wedge of lime, and glide its flesh around the rim the serving glass. Salt the rim of the glass. Fill glass with ice, and the juice of two more lime wedges. Add a shot of tequila, and 1 part sweet and sour margarita mix. Stir, and taste to test. Add more lime, margarita mix, or tequila as needed.
Don’t drink and drive! Keep away from children and pets.