Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! Â We’ve previously featured two drinks that would be great tomorrow, the Margarita and the Oaxacan Sunrise, but here’s a new drink to help you celebrate properly: the Strawberry Tequila Daisy.
Read below for the full recipe!
Strawberry Tequila Daisy
2 oz Tequila
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Rinse and hull the strawberries. Â Add them to a highball glass and combine with the Triple Sec, both juices, and syrup. Â Muddle well. Â Add the Tequila (make sure you use 100% agave!) and add a few ice cubes. Â Top with soda water and enjoy.
This is a wonderfully light, fruity drink in which the Tequila is balanced really well. Â The soda water gives it a nice zing that a regular Sour or Margarita can lack. Â You can leave the pulp in and get more strawberry flavor, or you can filter before adding the Tequila and get a much cleaner drink (and no pulp when you sip â€“ but don’t forget to garnish with a strawberry).
Americans have been using soda water to charge up their drinks since the 1850s, but the Daisy and its close relative the Fizz became really popular after the Civil War. Â The original 1870s recipe involved spirits, sugar, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and some fizz. Â Forty years later, a new-fangled recipe came along with lemon and lime juice, and grenadine in place of triple sec. Â As I’ve noted before, the word for “daisy” in Spanish is, conveniently enough, margarita. Â This, plus the taste of today’s drink, strongly suggest the origins of the Margarita lay with the Daisy.
Last â€“ but definitely not least â€“ Cinco de Mayo! Â 150 years ago tomorrow, a French army was marching on the Mexican town of Pueblo. Â Why? Â Because France’s ruler at the time was Louis-NapolÃ©on Bonaparte, nephew of the Napoleon and better known to history as Napoleon III. Â Napoleon III, who was not a very good emperor, had grandiose plans to build a new French Empire to rival his uncle’s and invaded Mexico in 1861. Â On May 5th, 1862, Mexican soldiers defending Pueblo defeated a much larger force of crack French troops, giving a much-needed boost of morale to Mexico’s armies. Â The French went on to take over the country, but, after years of struggle, Mexico won its freedom again and drove the French out in 1866. Â So, tomorrow, while you’re enjoying your Tequila Daisy, raise a glass to the brave Mexicans who fought for their country’s independence that Cinco de Mayo.
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper