Day of the Dead with Sierra Tequila
Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is often mistaken as a Halloween type holiday. Where Halloween is spooky, dark and mischievous, Day of the Dead is a Hispanic celebration of lost loved ones. It’s thought that on this day, the dead can temporarily return to earth. Families create Alters (ofrenda) in their homes or at cemeteries to guide the spirits back to the living realm. The alters are made with bright colours, marigolds for their strong scent, favourite foods and drink to help guide them back. Even the dress up and makeup involve bright colours, shells and other noisy accessories to help keep loved ones nearby as long as possible.
The day of the Dead holiday dates back many thousands of years and was first celebrates by the Aztec, Toltec and other Nahua people. They saw death as a natural phase in life and considered mourning the dead to be disrespectful. Today, the holiday has moved beyond Mexico and is celebrated around the globe. Held on the 1st and 2nd of November, it coincides with All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day (Catholic Holidays) and coincides with the fall maize harvest.
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In Celebration of Day of the Dead, it’s time to share a couple of margarita recipes with you all. While Margaritas may not be the most traditional drink for this holiday, it’s made with Tequila which as absolutely Mexican. Fun Fact – no one really knows where the margarita was created, and only some of the stories say it was in Mexico. Below are a couple of recipes.
Ingredients (Makes 2)
120ml Sierra Silver Tequila
45ml Lime Juice
A Lime Wedge and Salt (glass rim)
Lime Wheels to garnish
- Run the lime wedge around the rim of 2 glasses. Dip the rim in salt and set aside.
- To a Cocktail Shaker, combine the Tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. Add ice and shake for 15 seconds.
- Fill the glasses with fresh ice and strain margarita into each glass. Garnish and serve.
Spicy Cucumber Margarita
4 ounces Sierra Silver Tequila
2 ounces Lime Juice
1 ounce Cointreau
1 Cucumber, Sliced Into Thick Coins
1 Jalapeno, Thinly Sliced
optional garnishes: extra thinly-sliced cucumber rounds, extra jalapeno slices, and/or lime wedges
- Add all the ingredients (minus the jalapeno) into a blender. Pulse for 1 minute.
- Strain out the liquid into a cocktail shaker.
- Add the jalapeno slices, and muddle until the margarita has your desired level of heat.
- Add a handful of ice, and shake the mixture vigorously for a few seconds, immediately strain it into serving glasses that have been rimmed with salt, filled with ice, and topped with optional garnishes.
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Sierra Silver tequila is available at Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Liquorland and most alcohol outlets. Retails at $52.99
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