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Drink of the Day: Baja Blues - Shaun the Bartender : Shaun the Bartender

Drink of the Day: Baja Blues

May 5, 2015 | By |

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, one should know the actual history and why Mexico celebrates this date.

This date signifies a major victory over French troops who were trying to take over Mexico.  The battle occurred on the Fifth of May in the year 1862, in the town of Puebla.  The Mexican troops were poorly equipped to fight this battle, but valiantly stood their ground to win against a much more equipped and better trained French troop under the command of Napoleon III.  Though this war between the French would last another five years, it was a major victory for Mexico and one that would show the true patriotism of the Mexican people.

This is not Mexico’s Independence Day, as many here in the States think.  That day is September 16 and was established fifty years before this battle even took place.  Another interesting fact is that though Cinco de Mayo, (known also as the Battle of Puebla), is celebrated significantly here in the United States, many parts of Mexico don’t even celebrate it.  It has grown here as one of the most commercialized holidays of the year.

So, when you pick up your cocktail, remember why this holiday is celebrated.  As we here in this country have fought many battles to stay true to our beliefs, Mexico has these as well.  Be sure to remember this significant part of their history and toast those who fought for what they believed in.

The cocktail I introduce today is tequila based.  Not only that, it is a beautiful hue of blue that will catch everyone’s eye.  In the video, I use Cointreau as one of the ingredients.  However, since I have made this video, I have discovered an orange liqueur that I think will give this cocktail even more POP.  Borducan is an orange liqueur that has been produced in Italy since 1872, but is just now getting into the States.  If you are fortunate enough to have this available in your State, be sure to pick yourself up a bottle and add it to your home bar.  You will understand my enthusiasm about this product once you taste it.

When celebrating today be sure to celebrate wisely.  Enjoy, but stay focused on being responsible and safe.



Baja Bluesbaja blues

1 1/2 oz. Gold Tequila  (a reposado or anejo works well in this cocktail)

1/2 oz. Blue Curacao

3/4 oz. Borducan Italian Orange Liqueur

Juice of one Lime (1/2 oz. fresh lime juice)

Juice of Lemon (1 oz. fresh lemon juice)

1 oz. Pineapple Juice


Method:  Take a hurricane glass and wet the rim with lime juice.  Dip the rim into some kosher salt, then set the glass to the side.  This will be the finish glass.  In a mixing glass with ice, pour in all the ingredients to measure.  Cap and shake to blend.  Strain into the salt-rimmed hurricane glass with ice.  Garnish with a lemon, lime and maraschino cherry flag.


This Day in History:

1809 – Mary Kies of Connecticut became the first woman to receive a patent.  The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving together straw with silk and thread.

1891 – Carnegie Hall, (known at the time as Music Hall), opened.

1925 – John Scopes of Tennessee was arrested for teaching Darwinism in his classroom.

1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space.


Notable Birthday:

German social philosopher and the chief theorist of modern socialism and communism, Karl Marx was born on this date in 1818.

Notable Quote:

“Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there.”  –  Bo Jackson



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