Cinco De Mayo Fiesta: Mexican Brownies With Dulce De Leche Ice Cream & Kiwi Margaritas
This Thursday is Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating the historic victory of the Mexican army over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1892. While this holiday represents a victorious and memorable day for the country of Mexico, it is also widely celebrated in the United States, as Mexican-Americans represent the nation’s largest ethnic minority—making up 16% of the U.S. population. In fact, many people find Cinco de Mayo to be celebrated more enthusiastically by Mexican descendents living in the United States than in Mexico.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I decided to find some recipes that truly highlight the wonderful warm and aromatic flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine. Cinco de Mayo is, after all, a celebration—an occasion that calls for some delicious food.
The first recipe is for Mexican brownies, which gives regular chocolate brownies a Mexican infusion by adding ground chipotle peppers and cinnamon—traditional Mexican flavors. The ground chipotles (smoked jalapeños) give the brownies a kick of spice to cut the richness of the chocolate, while the cinnamon adds a subtle warmth, as well as depth of flavor. This recipe is super easy—all you have to do is add a few ingredients to your favorite brownie recipe (even brownies made from a box) and you will have moist and delicious Mexican brownies.
(recipe taken from FoodNetwork.com)
- 1 recipe of brownies (boxed or homemade)
- ¾ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Dulce de Leche ice cream (optional)
- Prepare your favorite boxed or homemade brownies, adding ¾ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the batter (for a batch that fits a 9-by-13-inch pan).
- Top each Mexican brownie with a scoop of Dulce de Leche ice cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Seeing as Cinco de Mayo is a lively celebration, I felt it necessary to also include a recipe for festive and refreshing cocktails (which can be made sans alcohol, for the kids). The first thing that came to my mind was tequila, a famous spirit made only in Mexico.
Tequila is truly a part of Mexico, as the nation has exclusive rights to the name “tequila.” This means that tequila can only be manufactured in Mexico. In fact, tequila can only be produced in certain states and limited regions in Mexico.
Tequila is used in many drinks, including margaritas, which I personally believe is a staple in fiestas everywhere. While traditional margaritas are made with tequila, triple sec, and lime or lemon juice, the recipe below is also made with kiwis and pineapple juice, producing a fresh and fruity cocktail that is worthy of any Cinco de Mayo celebration.
(Recipe of Kim Haasarud, author of 101 Margarita. Courtesy of cocktailtimes.com)
- 2 oz tequila
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and quartered
Garnish: half kiwi slice
Optional garnish: coarse sugar
Combine the ingredients in a blender with 1/2 cup ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with a half kiwi slice. If desired, coat the rim of the glass with sugar.
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