Happy Cinco de Mayo!

margaritaAh, Cinco de Mayo, the day when Mexicans celebrate the number 5 by drinking five shots of tequila with a 5-ounce margarita chaser.

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo actually started in 1955 when five Mexican Nationals opened the first Taco Bell in Cancun?

You may not know this either…the Margarita is actually the official drink of Saskatewan, not Mexico. A Mexican freighter sunk off the coast of Canada on its way to Alaska in 1857, and its cargo…400 cases of Don Pedro…washed up on the Canadian shore. The Eskimos liked the liquor so much they added crushed ice, native limes and homemade triple sec to it, and called it ‘Mah haga reeda”, Eskimo for “!#$%&^# That’s strong $(@&$^”.

Mexicans finally adopted the recipe around the turn of the century when a famous Mexican diplomat brought the drink back from Canada. At first many Mexicans didn’t know what do with the icy, creamy mixture, and dipped their tacos and taquitos in it. It wasn’t until the advent of radio that the Mexican government was able to get the world out that the margarita was for drinking, not dunking. (This also halted plans in 1921 for a string of cafes called Dunkin’ Tacos.)

Today most people celebrate Cinco de Mayo without knowing (or caring about) the holiday’s roots, and use it as an excuse for excessive drinking and fun. Woo hoo! Viva Mexico!

Easy Frozen Strawberry Margarita Recipe:


  • 6 oz tequila
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 8 oz strawberries
  • 4 oz frozen limeade concentrate
  • ice
  • Take a swig of tequila. Crush ice in a blender for 15-20 seconds. Take another swig of tequila. Throw everything into the blender. Taste the tequila again, to make sure it’s still there. Put ther lidz on the blenner. Trun at sucker on an blenn until smooooth.Takka nozzer slugga tequila. Drink duh..duh..uh..what were we making?

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