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Cinco De Mayo 2012: Drink and Food Recipes From Margaritas to Tacos and Everything Between

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Cinco de Mayo is a celebrated mainly in the United States and other countries outside of Mexico.

Like St. Patrick’s Day, the historical significance of this holiday has been lost in the cultural manifestation of the fiesta! cinco de mayo food

The holiday celebrates the defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, of course on May 5. General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín lead the Mexican Army in the unexpected victory. Contrary to popular belief Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day.

If you need another excuse to imbibe on tequila, that occurs on September 16. Funny enough, outside of Puebla, Mexico largely ignores the holiday.

Now, for those of you who partake in Cinco De Mayo festivities, we at Philly2Philly.com have put together a list of some excellent drink and food recipes.

Cinco De Mayo Drink Recipes

Most people prefer margaritas on Cinco De Mayo. To not have one on this day would be akin to passing on turkey at Thanksgiving.

For a frozen margarita it's simple. Take your tequila and sour mix, with an appropriate amount of ice and blend together. Or, if you don't want a frozen one, hold off on the ice and mix your ingredients together in a pitcher.

Here are some spin-offs on the original margarita recipe:

Frozen Lemon-Berry Margaritas Recipe

Sounds awesome doesn't it? Well, it's even more fun to make. The ingredients include: 4 lime wedges, 2 tablespoons coarse sugar, 2/3 cup thawed lemonade concentrate, 1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries, 2 cups ice cubes, 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/2 cup tequila

Using lime wedges, moisten the rims of four margarita or cocktail glasses. Then, set aside limes for garnish. Sprinkle coarse sugar on a plate and hold each glass upside down and dip the rim into sugar and set aside. Discard remaining sugar on plate.

 In a blender, combine the lemonade concentrate and raspberries; cover and process until blended. Press mixture through a fine sieve and discard seeds. Return raspberry mixture to blender, then add the ice, strawberries, blueberries, sugar and tequila if desired. Cover and process until smooth.

Coconut Margarita Recipe

For this masterpiece, you will combine  2 cups ice, 3/4 cup coconut cream,  4 1/2 fluid ounces tequila, 1 1/2 fluid ounces triple sec, 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Then, fill a blender with ice; add the coconut cream, tequila, and triple sec; blend at high speed until smooth. Scatter the coconut onto a plate. Wet the rims of four glasses. Dip the glass rims in the coconut. Serve the margaritas in the prepared glasses.

Beer Margarita Recipe

Doesn't sound conventional, but it's pretty damn delicious. It's simple just take the following Ingredients

1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate

12 fluid ounces tequila

12 fluid ounces water  

12 fluid ounces beer

 ice

1 lime, cut into wedges

Then, take your ingredients and combine them in a large pitcher. Stir until they are well-blended. Add plenty of ice and garnish with the lime wedges.

If you're looking to go all out, then get yourself a bottle of Patron Tequila. Here is a patron margarita recipe to make use of that $50 bottle.

Cinco De Mayo Food Recipes

Cinco De Mayo isn't complete without guacamole. Here are links to a few guacamole recipes. Take for isntance this grilled guacamole recipe, which is described as a "chunky, creamy guacamole with the right amount of zip." If you like a lot of heat on your guacamole, then give this wasabi guacamole recipe a shot.

If you don't want to search all over creation for entree recipes, then look no further. I found a link on allrecipes.com for twenty different Cinco De Mayo recipes for enchildas, nachos, and more!

Taste of Home features a whole slew of different Cinco De Mayo recipes ranging from Mexican layered salad, taco salad, taco lasagna, and cheesy chili casserole, and mexican ice cream.

That should be more than enough to get you on your way for your Cinco De Mayo festivities.

From Philly2Philly.com, we wish you a fun and safe Cinco De Mayo!

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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