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Chipotle’s Testing An Official Happy Hour With Free Margaritas And Half-Off Beer

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Somehow, Chipotle has been serving up margaritas and beer at its stores without ever having an official Happy Hour. Sure, when you think about Chipotle, you think about burritos, not booze, but that might all change as the Mexican-ish restaurant is now testing an official Happy Hour at 300 Midwest locations — and even dishing out free beer.

Customers in Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin have been able to take advantage of a “Buy one margarita, get one free” deal between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., while in Kansas and Ohio, they serve half-off drinks, according to Business Insider.

While the promotion will only run through September, that shouldn’t stop you from creating your own “Happy Hour” like we did.  All you need is a few homies and a Chipotle location that’s chill and won’t cut you off at two drinks.

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What You Need To Know Before Setting Foot In A Mexican Restaurant Today

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s surprising to realize, considering the popularity of the holiday here in America, how little we actually know about Cinco de Mayo. I bet you’ll be really shocked to hear that the Crunch Wrap Supreme is not the traditional dish that the people of Mexico will be eating today to celebrate.

To avoid everyone enjoying their tacos and frozen margaritas in ignorance, we bring you a few traditional Cinco de Mayo dishes that you can whip up in honor of the holiday, as well as a little history on the holiday itself. You are going to be the smartest person at the bar tonight.

The History

Cinco de Mayo is not Independence Day in Mexico.

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Contrary to popular belief, the Mexican Independence Day is actually September 16th, not May 5th.  The 16th is remembered as the day the Mexican war for independence began against the Spanish government in 1810. For this reason, El Grito de la Independencia in September is a much more popular holiday in Mexico than Cinco de Mayo, which is not very enthusiastically celebrated nationwide.

May 5th is the day of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during which the guerilla troops of General Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza fought off Napoleon’s troops during a French invasion in 1862. The battle for the town of Puebla was a victory for the Mexican soldiers, marking a positive turning point against the French invasion. Sadly, Mexican troops would go on to ultimately lose that war against the French the following year.

Los Angeles has the biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world.

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Including the Mexican city of Puebla. That’s saying something. The party is called Fiesta Broadway and has been a huge celebration since the 1990’s. Most major streets in L.A. are blocked off to host hundreds of thousands of people celebrating Hispanic heritage with food, music, dancing, and crafts.

The popularity of Cinco de Mayo in America was started by FDR.

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In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted the “Good Neighbor Policy”, which was meant to improve relations with Latin American countries and communities. It was because of this policy that Cinco de Mayo began to pick up steam in the 1950’s and 60’s and eventually became a national holiday.

Bonus Fun Fact: To this day, historians argue whether or not Herbert Hoover or FDR coined the term for the policy. Either way, drinking to improve national relations is fine in our book.

Alcohol companies in the 1980s influenced the modern day Cinco de Mayo.

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Even as the holiday became a little more well-known in the 50’s and 60’s, it wasn’t until the 80’s that Cinco de Mayo really became a part of American culture. Or at least to the extent that we know it now. Beer companies in the 1980’s started commercializing the holiday when they saw a prime opportunity to increase sales with a new drinking holiday.

And it worked. Time Magazine now lists Cinco de Mayo as the 4th drunkest holiday in the U.S., all thanks to the clever beer moguls of the 80’s.

The Grub

Mole Poblano 

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Mole (pronounced like the second syllable of guacamole), is the Spanish translation of the Aztec word for sauce, mulli. This dish originated in Puebla  and is a combination of Spanish and old-world Mexican cuisine.

This Cinco de Mayo mole has a killer combination of both spicy and sweet, with the kick of fresh chilies and the richness of dark chocolate. This mole is traditionally served over boiled chicken or turkey and topped with sesame seeds.

Chiles en Nogada

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This celebrated dish of Puebla was said to have been made in the convent of Santa Monica for the visit of Emperor Agustín de Iturbide in 1821. Agustín de Iturbide was Mexico’s first emperor after the country won its’ independence from Spain, so his visit was a pretty big deal to the small town of Puebla.

Decorated in the colors of the Mexican flag (red, green, and white), chilies en nogada is a sweet picadillo that has been stuffed with savory peppers, dipped in egg batter, fried, and then topped with a rich walnut sauce, pomegranate seeds, and parsley.  Having some people over for Cinco de Mayo? Skip the tacos — whip up this drool-worthy dish instead.

Chalupas

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We bet you’ve heard of this one before. Chalupas are a traditional street food of Puebla, dating back to when vendors would set up their stands outside of the Aztec temples to feed those who came to worship. The origin of the name is foggy, but most people tend to think the name is borrowed from the Aztec boats (also called chalupas) that were used in the city of Tenochtitlan.

If you’ve never indulged in a chalupa before, it’s basically a thick tortilla baked in two types of salsa and garnished with shredded chicken. This traditional street food is not difficult to make and will give you a whole new appreciation for Cinco de Mayo.

We hope that, in between tequila shots, you appreciate your new found historical knowledge of Cinco de Mayo. Now, go forth and bring us some chalupas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Qdoba To Smother Burritos In New Spicy Mango Tequila Sauce

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Fans of Qdoba Mexican Grill might be delighted to hear that the quick-service Mexican food chain will begin offering a new smother to their food this summer.

New to the menu will be the Spicy Tequila Mango Smother. Made with a sweet and spicy blend of mangos and habanero, the sweet and spicy elements are combined with lime and tequila. Sounds like a pretty good time, to be honest.

The sister brand to Jack In The Box is known for their variety of smother sauces.

Smothers can be added to any of Qdoba’s menu options including a burrito, nachos, or a burrito bowl. The chain will also bring back the mango salsa and mango salad to go with the new mango sauce.

 

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Watch Justin Timberlake Play A Washed-Up LIME In This Hilarious Tequila Ad

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Justin Timberlake has always been a pretty solid actor. A rare selection of musicians can gracefully transition into acting with such ease, but the 34-year-old artist has time again proven his acting chops. Timberlake has since invested in tequila company Sauza 901.

Because of this, he inconspicuously appeared in an ad for the Sauza. The premise is similar to a “Where They Are Now?” documentary, featuring humanoid limes.

Check out the three-minute tequila ad chronicling the rise and fall of Timberlake’s anthropomorphic fruit.

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How To Make Glazed Tequila Shot Donut Holes

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Have you ever popped in a donut hole and thought, “This could use some booze”? Well this boozy, sugary treat will make you feel some type of way in the morning, or whenever you usually eat donuts.

Oh, Bite It threw down this crazy recipe, showing us all how to make tequila donut holes with a sweet lime glaze coated over it.

You probably need to be a little comfortable in the kitchen to make these, but it’s still pretty easy to make, and the end results are worth it.

The recipe makes 24 donut holes, which is probably enough for a small party, or just you. No judging.

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You’ll need tequila, of course, an egg, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter and canola oil. Oh, Bite It shows you how to make the lime glaze, the dough itself and how long to fry it.

If you don’t feel a buzz from these little balls, you’ll still have some left over tequila, so you can take a swig in between bites.

Check the whole recipe and other crazy foods on Oh, Bite It.

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15 Boozy Facts You Didn’t Know About Tequila

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If you’re convinced that bottle of liquor with a worm floating at the bottom is genuine tequila, you might want to check this out before you take the plunge. Most likely a marketing play, the worm is only bottled in mezcal, another distilled agave spirit. While tequila comes exclusively from the blue agave plant, mezcal can be distilled from other varieties of the agave and maguey plant.

Still, that doesn’t mean the worm isn’t tasty. It actually, has a smart, pickled flavor that makes for a satisfying snack. Trust.

The infographic below explores more little-known tequila facts, such as the proper way to chase your tequila (if you must) and the difference between tequila and mixto. It’s some crafty knowledge to drop in your pocket this weekend and will come in handy next time you’re trying to tell the difference between Patron and Jose Cuervo.

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How to Make the Quintessential Watermelon Margarita

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It’s official – with the recent passing of Cinco de Mayo, it is officially Margarita Season! You may be wondering to yourself, “Since when do margaritas have a season?” and to that I answer with this : When is the last time you came in from the brisk winter cold and had a hankering for a cool margarita? Oh, never? Well then.

Margaritas are the quintessential summer cocktail and with that in mind I crammed even more summer flavor into this margarita by filling it to the top with the crisp, refreshing flavor of watermelon.  While it may seem like an odd combination at first, the tartness of the lime juice perfectly complements the sweetness of the watermelon and salt really brings out the watermelon’s flavor  (salted watermelon is a popular snack in these parts) so don’t be afraid to salt that rim!

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The Quintessential Watermelon Margarita

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 3 Margaritas

Serving Size: 8 oz

Ingredients

  • 1 cup watermelon, cubed
  • 1/4 cup tequila (I use Sauza blanco)
  • 2 Tablespoons simple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cointreau
  • 1 lime, sliced (for garnish)

How to Make It

  1. Process watermelon in a blender until liquified. Strain if necessary to remove any seeds.
  2. In a large cup or shaker, combine watermelon purée, tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, and juice of one lime. Shake or stir with ice to combine.
  3. Strain into ice-filled glass and garnish with lime slice to serve.
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20 Margarita Recipes to Get You in the Spirit of National Margarita Day

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It’s February 22nd which makes it National Margarita Day! As if we really needed an excuse to get our drank on.

In order to get into the true spirit of this boozy holiday we’ve compiled a list of some of the most droolworthy margarita recipes the internet has to offer. Of course we couldn’t forget margarita flavored goodies such as cupcakes, jello shots and popsicles. If it’s got booze in it and tastes like a margarita, it’s here. Peep the twenty recipes below to find your perfect way to celebrate the day!

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Chili Lime Margarita

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Recipe: My Life As A Mrs.

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Blackberry Margarita

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Recipe: Tide & Thyme 

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Cranberry Margaritas

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Recipe: Gimme Some Oven

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Ocean Margarita Jello Shots

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Recipe: Tablespoon

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Cajun Margarita

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Recipe: Tide & Thyme

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Cherry Beer Margaritas

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Recipe: The Blond Cook

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Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters

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Recipe: Bakers Royale

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Cucumber Margarita

Cucumber Margarita

Recipe: A Beautiful Mess

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Chocolate Margarita

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Recipe: My Life As A Mrs.

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Creamy Margarita Popsicles

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Recipe: Host The Toast

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Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas

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Recipe: How Sweet It Is

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Fresh Pineapple Margaritas

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Recipe: Gimme Some Oven

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Rosemary Pear Margaritas

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Recipe: Daydreamer Desserts

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Margaronas

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Recipe: The Messy Baker

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Margarita Cupcakes

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Recipe: Brown Eyed Baker

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Green Grape Passionfruit Tea Margaritas

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Recipe: Daydreamer Desserts

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Hibiscus Margarita

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Recipe: Chow

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Mango Chipotle Margarita

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Recipe: All Day I Dream About Food

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Apple Cider Margaritas

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Recipe: How Sweet It Is

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Blue Margaritas

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Recipe: Confections of a Foodie Bride