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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Molé Poblano is the official dish of Cinco de Mayo because the day commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Enjoy it with a festive drink and you have a party!
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Robin Goodfellow’s Grand Margarita Creations: Bodega Margarita, Classic Grand Margarita and Platinum Margarita. Photo submitted.

Canadians are eagerly counting down the days until May fifth when they can celebrate Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May). This traditional Mexican holiday was created to commemorate the 1862 victory of the Mexican army over French adversaries at the Battle of Puebla. Since way back then, those in Mexico and borders beyond, have celebrated the day with food, drink and festivities.

Cinco de Mayo recipes abound, with favourite party foods always on the menu: things like guacamole, huevos rancheros, enchiladas, tostadas, tamales, fish tacos, Mexican street corn and more. The official dish of the day is Mole Poblano, because the day marks the victory at the Battle of Puebla, but all party foods are welcome!

The day is celebrated with drink too, from refreshing cerveza to a favourite margarita. Grand Marnier is partnering with one of Toronto's top mixologists, Robin Goodfellow (and local bartenders from major Canadian cities) to create unique margarita recipes using Grand Marnier. It's promised to be a must-try for any Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Classic Grand Margarita--have it straight up or on the rocks. Ingredients: 30ml Grand Marnier, 45ml Espolon Blanco, 23ml fresh lime juice, 15ml agave syrup. What to do: Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass with a lime wedge and Maldon Salt Rim.

Platinum Margarita (Blended – 4 Servings) Tasting notes: Tart, agave, floral, rich Description: Bringing back blended drinks, this easy-to-make Margarita variation will impress friends and family when you serve up a drink that looks and tastes like a cocktail-bar-quality offering. Who wouldn’t want a frothy purple Margarita? Ingredients: 90ml Grand Marnier, 240ml Malva Flower Tequila, 120ml fresh lime juice, 40g sugar, 60ml liquid egg white, 12 ice cubes What to do: Mix, then garnish with Malva petals and pink salt rim.

Bodega Margarita (1 Serving) Tasting notes: Tart, herbal, orange, light Description: A classic Margarita at heart with a naturopathic element added from the marshmallow root. An herbal and immune-boosting Margarita. Ingredients: 30ml Grand Marnier, 30ml Espolon Blanco, 15ml marshmallow root tincture, 23ml fresh lime juice, 15ml rich syrup What to do: Mix, then garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel and salt rim.