Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cabo Wabo Cantina Celebrates 20th Anniversary This Cinco de Mayo

Cabo Wabo Tequila Founder Sammy Hagar is one man who knows how to throw a Cinco party that’s truly worthy of a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. It has been 20 years since Sammy first opened the Cabo Wabo Cantina doors in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. His goal? To create a kick ass tequila bar where he and the likes of Van Halen and the Red Hot Chili Peppers could jam and enjoy only the best of Mexico’s native spirit. This year, celebrate Cinco like a true rock star with a shot of Cabo Wabo attitude, along with some modern twists on the tequila classics and party tips from the Red Rocker himself.

Sammy insists on starting the party off right with a shot of Cabo Wabo Blanco, but you can crack open a bottle of Cabo Wabo as early as the night before to give your chicken, beef or shrimp marinades an extra kick. For entertainment, Sammy’s classic song, “Mas Tequila,” will liven up any party, as will a round of Michelada Beer Pong (beer with lime juice). The décor should be authentically Mexican, with a red, white and green theme. Once the celebration is in full swing, you may even want to surprise your guests with a classic piñata filled with candied lime and peppers that will have everyone reaching for an ice cold margarita. Like rock and roll, there should be no rules when developing your cocktails for the night. Classic margaritas are great, but try some spicy peppers, hot sauce or prickly pear juice to create something really memorable.

Feliz Cinco de Cabo!

Cinco de Cabo Modern Classic Cocktails:
Created by Mixologist Alex Straus

The Rockin Paloma
2 oz Cabo Wabo Reposado
3 medium Cucumber slices
1/2 oz Lime Juice (fresh)
6 oz Grapefruit Soda
1/4 oz Grenadine
Salt for rimming
1 Cucumber Slice (garnish)

Add Cabo, lime juice, and cucumber to pint glass, muddle, add ice and shake vigorously. Add soda to shaker and stir. Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass with a salted rim. Drop the grenadine on top and allow it to mix in. Garnish with cucumber slice, serve and enjoy!

The Prickly Margarita
2 oz Cabo Wabo Anejo
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Prickly Pear Puree
1 medium Jalapeño Slice
1/4 oz Amaretto
1 Lime Wheel (garnish)

Place all ingredients, except Amaretto in a shaker, muddle Jalapeño, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass, float Amaretto on top, garnish with a lime wheel, and serve!

The Firecracker
2 oz Cabo Wabo Blanco
3 dashes of Hot Sauce
2 small slices of Serrano Pepper
1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 oz Orange Curacao
1 Orange Twist

Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Tequila Sunset
1 1/2 oz Cabo Wabo Blanco
1 oz Pomegranate Juice
1/2 oz Framboise Liqueur
3/4 oz fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
3 oz Soda Water
Lemon Twist (garnish)

Place Cabo Wabo, Lemon Juice, and Agave Nectar in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Stir in Soda Water, and top with Framboise and Pomegranate. Mix into drink and serve with a lemon twist.

The Blazin’ Shooter
1 1/2 oz Cabo Blanco Tequila
3 dashes Tabasco Sauce
Cover the bottom of a shot glass with Tabasco sauce and fill the rest with Tequila. Finish with a lime wedge.

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