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5 Important Baja Blast Cocktail Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

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It’s Cinco de Mayo, folks, which means — you know, besides all the Battle of Puebla celebrations —that Mountain Dew’s Baja Blast is finally available in stores. For a limited time, the formerly Taco Bell-exclusive flavor will soon be popping up at your local groceries and vending machines and maybe even a few backyard summer barbecues (loaded with all the necessary booze of course).

To celebrate, we’ve whipped up a few Baja Blast-inspired cocktail recipes for you to enjoy without ever having to step foot inside a Taco Bell. Sweeter than Sprite and significantly cooler-looking, Mountain Dew’s blue Listerine-colored concoction is the perfect upgrade to everything from margaritas to jello shots. What a time to be alive.

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Baja Blast Shandy

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Ingredients:
1 part light beer
3 parts Baja Blast

Mix with ice. Squirt in a bit of lime juice for an extra tart kick.

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Baja Blast Skinny Margarita

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Ingredients:
2 teaspoons lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
1/2 teaspoon powdered lemonade
1 ounce tequila
5 ounces Baja Blast

Sweet and zippy, this skinny Baja margarita is our favorite of the bunch. Mix all ingredients together with ice, salt the rim with some kosher salt and enjoy poolside. It’s only right.

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Baja Blast Bruiser

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces gin (we used Seagram’s Lime Twisted)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
5 ounces Baja Blast
1 splash grenadine

Mix together the BB, gin, juices, and grenadine for a citrus-y Shirley Temple, or enjoy layered, because it just looks cooler that way.

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Baja Blast Santo Libre

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Ingredients:
5 ounces Baja Blast
2 ounces rum
1/4 ounce lime juice
Optional: mint leaves for garnish

Technically a drink from the Dominican Republic, but every bit as summery as the rest of the list. Try with white rum for a cleaner drink or a dark spiced rum for a livelier/sweeter burn.

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Baja Blast Margarita Jello Shots

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Ingredients:
Makes 10 – 12
2/3 packet lime gelatin
1 cup water
4 ounces triple sec
4 ounces tequila
4 ounces Baja Blast
5 – 6 limes

Yas Spring Break. Where many jello shot recipes can be a little bitter, the soda here keeps everything light and sweet. Boil water, add gelatin until dissolved, then remove from heat and add alcohol and soda. When ready, cut limes in half lengthwise and scoop out citrus flesh. Pour gelatin mixture into emptied lime halves and place in fridge for 4 hours, or until set. Finally, cut halves into separate wedges and sprinkle with salt.

Be warned though, scooping the lime flesh can be a little time-consuming, so try freezing limes beforehand and using a good paring knife or grapefruit spoon.

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Watch Us Throw a Piñata Stuffed with Bottled Mtn Dew Baja Blast Off the Roof of Our Building

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Back in March, we announced that Taco Bell’s 10-year monopoly of Mtn Dew’s Baja Blast was ending. The lime-flavored beverage will be available for a limited-time this summer in 20 oz plastic bottles, 24 oz cans and 12-packs of 12 oz cans.

In anticipation of their retail launch on May 5, Taco Bell mailed us a bottle of the blue-green cult soda… stuffed into a piñata. Naturally, our curiosity was piqued. Since it was Friday and happy hour officially started at 11 am at our office, we decided to find out what would happen if we threw a piñata with Mtn Dew Baja Blast innards off our building’s roof.

For the sake of science, of course.

Here’s what happened:

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Bottled Mtn Dew Baja Blast Finally Coming to Stores, Vending Machines May 2014

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It’s official guys: Taco Bell’s ten-year monopoly over Mtn Dew’s Baja Blast is finally over. Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead!

According to newly-leaked images from Instagram and Tumblr, the long-awaited bottled version of the cult-favorite, lime-flavored, blue-green soda will be available in stores starting May 2014. An Instagram photo by user ashlynavskum was uploaded last weekend revealing a refrigerator promotion for the upcoming release. This follows the recent roll-out of four brand new drinks, the Manzanita Sol, SoBe Lifewater Yumberry Pomegranate, Brisk Mango iced tea, and Brisk Half and Half, plus the Taco Bell-exclusive Mtn Dew Sangrita Blast and Diet Baja Blast, in January.

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Mountain Dew has yet to make an official statement regarding the leaked images, but comments on a recent IGN forum suggest the PepsiCo order forms have already been sent out to vendors.

Can’t wait ’til May and can’t stand Taco Bell? Pro-tip: just mix regular Mtn Dew and blue Powerade. Y’all are welcome.

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Taco Bell Releases New Apple-Flavored Soda and Mtn Dew Sangrita

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Before you get your hopes up, there is zero booze in the new Mtn Dew Sangrita Blast at Taco Bell. I know, trickery, but so is life.

Looking to enter 2014 with an entourage of new fountain drinks, a total of six beverages will be introduced at select Taco Bell locations starting today. In addition to the citrus-flavored Sangrita Blast, the carbonated drinks include apple-flavored Manzanita Sol, Brisk Mango Fiesta, Brisk Iced Tea and Lemonade, SoBe Lifewater Yumberry Pomegranate and Diet Mtn Dew Baja Blast.

Each drink will run anywhere from $1.39  for a 16 oz to $1.79 for a 40 oz. Of course, the fun here really happens when you start mixing all the flavors together. Sangrita with some Mango? Don’t mind if I do…

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New Mtn Dew Distortion and Typhoon Freezes Coming to Taco Bell

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First, a digression:  OMG THESE THINGS LOOK LIKE THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, HOW CUTE.

Now, the story: In case you forgot, Doritos isn’t Taco Bell’s only bromance. Starting tomorrow, Mountain Dew (sorry Mtn Dew) is rolling out two new slushes at all participating Taco Bell locations nationwide: the sour lime-flavored Distortion Freeze and the tropical punch-flavored Typhoon Freeze.

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First introduced back in March, the two flavors were voted, along with Baja Blast, among the top three favorites with Taco Bell and Mtn Dew fans. Both will be available at an SRP of $1.99 for the regular size and $2.29 for the large, with the regular also available for $1 as part of Taco Bell’s “Happier Hour” from 2 – 5 p.m.

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All we gotta say is, it’s about time. With all the Flamas love lately, Mtn Dew was starting to get a little jealous there.

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Mountain Dew Releases New Dark Berry Flavor to Promote ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Movie Release

With the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises film release coming in late July, Mountain Dew has teamed up to release a limited time only flavor called Dark Berry.

The collaboration will include both in store and on-pack Dark Knight takeovers, and the flavor itself will be on store shelves for eight weeks beginning in June.

In addition, there will be select 16-oz cans of Mtn Dew that will receive a Thermochromic face-lift inspired by the Dark Knight himself. Special cans will use a special ink to feature a bat symbol that illuminates DEW green when chilled.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, here’s the latest trailer for the Dark Knight Rises:

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‘Diet Mtn Dew Supernova’ Becomes Newest Permanent Flavor

As part of Mtn Dew‘s fan-determined flavor selection process, the brand has taken today to reveal the latest winner: DIET MTN DEW SUPERNOVA. The newest flavor was reportedly chosen after hundreds of thousands of votes were cast, and will be returning to stores full-time pending a further announcement outlining exact dates.

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MTN DEW X Paul Rodriguez – Green Label Art Series

Paul Rodriguez is considered one of the best skateboarders in the world, so why wouldn’t he be sponsored by Mtn. Dew?? When he was approached for his second collaboration on the Mountain Dew Green Label Art Series, Paul made sure that he kept his can design as ‘real skate’ looking as possible. By calling on skate/artist Don Pendleton, their vision let loose on a wonderful piece of art called ‘Living, Breathing Landscape’. Check the full can design after the jump. (Thx GLA)