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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an Easy Guacamole and a No-Hangover Margarita

posted: 04/14/15
by: Stephanie Vuolo
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with an Easy Guacamole and a No Hangover Margarita
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You may not be in Mexico, but these recipes will make you feel like you are.
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Although a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, May 5th commemorates the victory of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when the Mexicans defeated the French despite being outnumbered and under-equipped. In our own country, Cinco de Mayo has evolved as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, usually through food and beverages. Any holiday is a great opportunity for your family to learn about history and tradition, and food can be a fun way to make this exploration with children.

Since I am particularly fond of Mexican food and cocktails made with tequila, I am always in favor of a reason to enjoy them. Two of my favorite things to enjoy together are guacamole and margaritas. Both are simple to pull together and don't require a lot of ingredients. Although the cocktail is for adults only, kids love dips. Offer chicken and a variety of vegetables so they can explore different textures and tastes while dipping into the guacamole.

The margarita recipe doesn't have any added sweetener, so it is less likely to give you a hangover -- assuming you just drink one. It might be the perfect drink for a Sunday evening in celebration of Mexican culture, and as an added bonus you will still wake up refreshed to start your week.

The NorCal Margarita

Ingredients:
2 shots of 100% agave tequila
juice of 1 lime
splash of club soda or sparkling water

1. Fill your favorite glass with ice - I prefer mine crushed.
2. Add tequila and the lime juice.
3. Stir or shake until well combined.
4. Top with a splash of carbonated water.
5. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Recipe adapted from Robb Wolf: The Paleo Solution Podcast.

Easy Guacamole

Ingredients:
2 medium ripe avocados
1/2 finely chopped small yellow onion
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 clove of minced garlic
salt to taste

1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit (set the pit aside).
2. Scoop the avocado flesh out of the skin and place in a bowl.
3. Mash to desired consistency (I like mine chunky).
4. Mix in remaining ingredients.
5. Serve immediately or place in the fridge with pits added to the bowl --which keeps the guacamole from going brown.

Recipe adapted from the Real Mom Kitchen.