Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone! We have been so inspired as of late with all roads that lead to Mexico…literally! A few weeks back on a recent little getaway to Baja,sparkle + toast HQ became eager to create another original cocktail, just in time for Cinco de Mayo. We just can’t think of a better way to ring in Cinco de Mayo (how fun is it that it’s on a FRIDAY this year?!) than wandering the colorful, historic, and artsy walkways of San Diego’s Old Town, and sip (or slurp, chug, devour) on a spectacular margarita. We wanted to create something that is authentic to our taste, but that we think everyone will love too. Our original recipe combines the best of spicy and sweet (but not too sweet and not too spicy) with a all-natural color that is just out-of-this-world! Without further adieu, we bring you…
By the way, how perfect is the setting of Casa del Reyes Mexican Restaurant in San Diego’s historic Old Town? We knew this place would be THE place to showcase our “Sassy Dragon” Margarita. We were in heaven surrounded by all the bright colors and authentic decor. If you haven’t been here yet, you must go!
The Sassy Dragon Recipe
1 frozen smoothie dragonfruit/pitaya packet (available at Sprouts, Whole Foods, etc.)
21/2 -3 oz silver tequila
2 oz lime juice
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 1/2 oz Serrano simple syrup (see recipe below)
1 tablespoon of ground or crushed Himalayan Pink Salt
Add all the ingredients to a blender. Rub a lime along the rim of a margarita glass (or regular glass) so that the salt will stick. Then flip the glass upside down, and press the ground or crushed pink salt into the glass to get a salted rim/edge. Then simply pour the blended dragon fruit margarita mixture into the glass and enjoy!
***for the Serrano simple syrup***
1 Serrano pepper (use jalapeño if you can’t find Serrano)
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1. Remove the seeds and vein from the chili. We want the pepper flavor not just the heat.
2. Bring water & sugar to medium heat in a saucepan and stir until the sugar has dissolved and no longer cloudy.
3. Add the pepper slices
4. Remove from heat and let sit for a few hours but better overnight.
5. Strain and keep in a container in the fridge unit you use it.
Of course, we had to combine our love for margaritas with our love for personal style. So we did quick photo shoot to document our festive outfits, inspired by the colors and textures of Mexico—and like we said earlier, it’s Friday AND Cinco de Mayo today so get your outfit on point and throw a party 🙂