Here in Southern California, Cinco de Mayo is an established tradition. A national holiday in Mexico, it gives us an opportunity to enjoy an organic food fiesta. There are no specific foods associated with May 5 celebrations, but margaritas always make the menu.

You can shake things up with this special Cinco de Mayo Margarita. Use margarita glasses authentically rimmed with delicately flaked kosher salt. And while many alcoholic beverages call for prepared Sweet and Sour Mix, you can easily make your own with organic lemons and sugar.

Cinco de Mayo Margarita

Makes 1 serving

  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 oz. Sweet and Sour mix (1 to 1½ tablespoons lemon juice to 1 teaspoon powdered sugar)
  • 1½ oz. tequila
  • 3/4 oz. Triple Sec
  • Lime slices, to garnish
  1. Rim margarita glass with fresh lime. Dip glass rim into kosher salt.
  2. Shake all liquid ingredients with ice. Strain over ice into salt-rimmed margarita glass.
  3. Serve with fresh lime slice and stir stick.

Photo courtesy of Diamond Crystal Salt/Cargill. Basic recipe courtesy of the National Bartenders Association.