Cinco de Mayo – Sparkling Margarita and Basil Guacamole

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Looking for recipes to celebrate one of the most famous holidays in the USA? With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, A Cup of Kathy has all the inspiration you need to put together the best Cinco de Mayo celebration ever. Featuring a sparkling margarita and guacamole with a twist, here are two delicious recipes for your Mexican-themed celebration. Let’s make it a fiesta to remember!

Sparkling Margarita

This delightful and fun Margarita recipe from Better Homes and Gardens makes six delicious servings and may just become your new favorite margarita. It’s already become mine – I did have to test the recipe out.

1 cup white (blanco) tequila
2/3 cup lime juice
1/3 cup agave nectar
1-1/2 cups sparkling wine or champagne
Lime peel strips or very thin lime slices

Mix half of the tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake for five seconds and strain the mixture into three glasses. Repeat with remaining tequila, juice and agave nectar. Top each serving with sparkling wine; add a lime peel strip and additional lime juice to taste.

Basil Guacamole

How about a twist to your usual Guacamole, using Better Homes and Gardens’ recipe to replace cilantro with basil? It’s a favorite of mine because while I’m not a cilantro fan, I do like basil.

2 ripe, medium avocados, halved, seeded, and peeled
¾ cup snipped fresh basil
½ cup chopped seeded tomato
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
¼ to ½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper or few drops bottled hot pepper sauce
Tortilla chips

Use a fork to mash the avocado in a bowl. Stir in the basil, tomato, green onion, lime juice, salt and red pepper. Serve immediately with tortilla chips. Makes about two cups (16 two-tablespoon servings).


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Fun Facts

The Cinco de Mayo holiday in Mexico is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla and commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the massive French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day – that’s celebrated on September16th.

Longmont, Colorado, USA, plays host to an interesting Cinco de Mayo celebration. Thousands of people attend this annual event not just to enjoy the food, but also for shopping, car shows, family activities and especially the Chihuahua beauty contest, which awards cash prizes and crowns a King and a Queen Chihuahua.

According to the California Avocado Commission, more than 81 million avocados are consumed by Americans on Cinco de Mayo. That’s a whole lot of guacamole!

People in the USA spend more than $2.9 billion on margaritas annually, which is approximately 14% of the country’s cocktail sales, according to Bloomberg. Cinco de Mayo is considered the biggest day for margarita sales in the USA.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations are not restricted to Mexico and the USA; the day is celebrated around the world. In Sydney, Australia, a competition called Margarita Showdown is held on May 5th. Five local bar teams compete against each other to make the best margarita at this annual event. The judging panel consists of the regular patrons; to become a judge, each person pays an entry fee and tastes five drinks before voting for the best one.

Similar to the Margarita Showdown event, Vancouver, Canada, holds an annual Cinco de Mayo skydiving event for people interested in adventure sports. It’s followed by a mustache contest, along with tacos and mojitos and evening festivities.

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