My family roots are Costa Rican and Puerto Rican but I always say that my heart is Mexican because that is where I grew up and learned Spanish. My sister and two older brothers traveled and lived in the capital as well in Iguala, Taxco, and later in Ixtapa and Zihuatenejo. Really, some of our happiest years were spent in this beautiful country.
I quickly fell in love with the food and have the best memories of visiting the tortillerias for warm tortillas in the morning as well as being on the boat while my oldest brother Jeff, would prepare the freshest and most delicious ceviche possible.
So while not born in Mexico my heart could not be more tied to the country and it’s amazing people and culture. Needless to say, Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays.
I happen to have a sister who has owned a beachside bar for over 28 years in the beautiful town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Her passion for food has created Caribbean style dishes that are enjoyed by tourists year in and year out. So whenever, I need a recipe for ANYTHING she is my natural go-to.
My sister, Wanda
Here is her basic Margarita, it is basic, simple, and delicious. To give it an easy summer twist and turn it up to the next level she suggests adding your choice of fruit pulp. That can be strawberries, raspberries, passion fruit, or peaches. Just muddle and add to the shaker with the other 3 ingredients.
DO NOT forget to do this before pouring the cocktail over ice. Prepare your rim by squeezing on lemon or lime juice and cover in a mixture of salt, sugar, and this spicy mixture.
2 oz. Tequila (I love this one) 1 oz. Triple Sec 1 oz Lemon Juice
We just had a Pre-Cinco de Mayo feast yesterday with delicious roasted pork to build street-style tacos. The star of the table was this street corn recipe from Amy and Jack. We cooked the corn in an Instant Pot but you could easily grill or boil it. The magic is the sauce that almost had us fighting at the table!