Drink Recipes For Cinco de Mayo 2009

The Paloma Cocktail

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After Margaritas, my favorite tequila drink is the Paloma – a refreshing drink made with Tequila Blanca (Silver), grapefruit soda, and a splash of lime juice.

  • 2 oz Tequila (silver)
  • 6 oz grapefruit soda (Squirt, Jarritos)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Rim a glass with salt, add ice, tequila, lime juice. Fill with grapefruit juice, garnish with lime slice. I like Jarritos grapefruit soda, found in the Mexican foods section. Or you can use grapefruit juice and club soda.

The Mexicola

The Mexicola couldn’t be easier – it’s a shot of Tequila in your favorite cola. In a rocks glass, add ice, shot of Tequila, fill with cola – I prefer Diet Pepsi. Squeeze in a wedge of lime to finish.

Margarita Straight Up

The Margarita

For a classic Margarita, check out my 3-2-1 Margarita recipe. 3 parts Tequila, 2 parts Cointreau, 1 part lime juice.

Beer Margaritas

For the brave and party adventurous:

  • 2 (12 oz) bottles of your favorite beer (Modelo)
  • 1/2 cup Tequila (chilled)
  • 1/2 cup frozen limeade (thawed)

Rim 4 glasses with salt, add ice. In a pitcher combine beer, limeade and Tequila. Pour into glasses, garnish with lime wedge, serve immediately.

The Michelada

  • 4 (12 oz) bottles beer
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 limes, cut into 4 wedges each
  • Hot sauce (Tabasco)
  • Worcestershire sauce

Combine the salt and chili powder in a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each beer mug and dip into the chili-salt to coat the rim. Squeeze the juice of 4 lime wedges into each mug. Add a lime wedge to the mug and fill with ice. Add 1 bottle of beer, a dash of hot sauce and a dash of Worcestershire sauce and serve immediately.
(Michelada Recipe courtesy of amNY.com

Review of New Pace Salsas

Pace has a new line of salsas on the grocery shelves.

I reviewed their Triple Pepper Salsa here – so you can read my gushing review of this mass-produced jarred salsa, but here you’ll see why I’m not so keen on these other 3 varieties reviewed here.

Pace Salsa Verde

Let’s start with my 2nd least favorite of this bunch:

Pace Salsa Verde: OK, the jar reads:

The smoked Spanish paprika that spikes this concoction is not the bland stuff you typically see around.” [But the paprika is indiscernible and in fact bland.] “… we use it to give chunks of tomatillo splashed with lime a unique and unforgettable kick.” [Uh-huh. Kick. If you think lots of vinegar and yellow tomatoes are “kick”. Yes, yellow tomatoes. Between the tomatillos and yellow tomatoes, this salsa is the color of baby food… and about as hot. Or not].

Do you really want to see the ingredients list? Oooh-kay:

  • Yellow tomato puree (water, yellow tomato paste), fresh jalapeno peppers, water, tomatillos, fresh onions, salt, cilantro
  • vegetable oil (corn, cotton seed, canola, and/or soybean), distilled vinegar, lime juice concentrate
  • sugar, garlic, smoked paprika, and natural flavoring

It’s a hoot to see corporations extol an ingredient such as paprika, only to find it next to last in the list.  Pace, you did good with the 3 Pepper Salsa… this one, not so much.

Bottom line: it’s thin, vinegary, slightly tingly on the tongue, but not worth fooling with.  Ok.. I

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