Eat and drink this Cinco de Mayo!

Monday, May 02, 2011
By Sara Moore

Taco trucks are becoming very popular in major cities and that’s why we’re providing you with recipes that you can make this Cinco de Mayo. Of course, the day is no celebration without a few cocktails, so we have those too with the help of Espolón Tequila!

Bebida de Puebla
(Created by Eric Alperin / The Varnish, Los Angeles)

2 oz. Espolón Tequila Reposado
.25 oz. Benedictine Liqueur
.25 oz. Coffee Liqueur
.5 oz. Lustau Dry Amontillado Sherry – Los Arcos
Lemon Peel

Stir all ingredients with ice in a chilled mixing glass. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Spray and garnish with a lemon peel.

Pollo Asado Tacos
(El Tonayense Taco Truck / San Francisco, CA)

2 lbs. boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 tbs. black pepper
2 tbs. garlic salt
Salt to taste
Hard taco shells
Toppings to taste

1. Combine chicken, orange juice, pepper, garlic salt and salt in a bowl.
2. Refrigerate and let marinate overnight.
3. Sauté chicken in a hot pan until cooked through.
4. Dish into taco shells and garnish with your favorite toppings.

Bucking Borracho
(Created by Adam Schuman, Beverage Director / Fatty Crew, New York)

2 oz. Espolón Tequila Reposado
.25 oz. Ginger Syrup
.5 oz. Lemon Juice
.5 oz. Lime Juice
2 dashes Blended Chocolate Bitters (equal parts Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate and Bitter Truth Xocolatl Bitters)
1.5 oz. Ginger Beer
Lemon Slice
Mint Sprig

In a shaker mix tequila, ginger syrup, lemon juice, lime juice and chocolate bitters with ice. Shake and strain into an iced highball, leaving enough room to top with chilled ginger beer. Garnish with lemon and mint.

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Tacos
(Los Angeles, CA)

(Makes 6 servings)
2 ½ lbs. boneless pork tenderloin
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
¼ cup brown sugar
2 jalapeños, sliced into rings
1 red onion, roughly chopped
8 small flour or corn tortillas, warmed
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 lime, cut into wedges

1. Heat oven to 300° F.
2. Place the pork in the center of 2 large sheets of aluminum foil and season meat on all sides with the salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder.
3. Spoon the sugar over the pork, turning to coat.
4. Scatter the jalapeños and onion around the pork.
5. Fold the double layer of foil around the pork and seal edges tightly.
6. Place in a baking dish and roast until fork-tender, about 4 hours.
7. Let cool.
8. Unwrap the pork, and pour juices into separate container.
9. Use a fork to shred the pork, placing shredded pieces in a large bowl.
10. Pour the cooking juices, onion, and jalapeños over the pork and toss. Squeeze lime over pork mixture.
11. Spoon pork mixture onto individual tacos and wrap.
12. Garnish with cilantro leaves and lime.

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