Monday, April 19, 2010

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo...contrary to popular belief it is NOT Mexico's day of independence. (which was the 16th of September) It is, however, the celebration of the unlikely victory over the French army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is an important holiday many Mexicans, but it has also turned into a celebration that many Americans also celebrate (maybe not knowing the reason) Here are a couple things you can do to make your celebration worth while.

DRINKS (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

Agua de Jamaica

2 cups (2 ounces) jamaica flowers (dried hibiscus flowers)
3/4 cup granulated sugar (or more as desired)
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil then add the flowers and the sugar and stir continuously while the mixture boils for one minute. Pour into a noncorrosive bowl and steep for 2 hours. *Note: this flower will stain so don't use a bowl that will stain.
Strain the mixture through a sieve pressing on the flower solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Taste for strength and sweetness. If it is too potent, add water or if too tart add more sugar. Cover and refrigerate until time to serve.


Strawberry Sangria Spritzer

7 ounces frozen sliced California Strawberries in syrup, partially thawed
4 ounces lemon juice or sweet and sour mix
2 ounces brandy
2 ounces orange-flavored liqueur
1 quart prepared sangria
8 ounces chilled sparkling water
Orange, lemon and limes slices
Whole fresh California Strawberries

1. In a blender combine sliced berries, lemon juice, brandy and liqueur; blend smooth. Mix with sangria. Cover; chill. Strain into pitcher over ice. Add sparkling water. Garnish with citrus slices and whole berries.

Makes 3 to 4 servings.



Try making paper laterns, or colorful paper flowers (made of tissue paper). And a pinata is ALWAYS a must! Red, white and green are the colors of the Mexican flag. So decorate with these colors, or make the theme of the party to dress in those colors.

And SAFE and have FUN! =) vamonos!

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