For many people in El Paso, Mexico is La Patria — the homeland. But Mexico wasn’t always the nation we know it to be. In 1810, the tyrannical Spanish Empire ruled Mexico with an iron fist, controlling everything from the economic policies to the crops the Mexican people were allowed to grow in their own villages. Because of this, much of Mexico’s modern cuisine can be traced back to the limited accessibility of ingredients during this time. But thanks to Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s empowering grito on Dieciséis de Septiembre, Mexico gained its independence and went on to create some of the most flavorful food the world has ever known.
In celebration of Dieciséis de Septiembre and Mexican Independence, we’ve created La Patria — a drink celebrating the humble resourcefulness of Mexican people and their food around the time of Spanish rule and the Mexican War of Independence.
ADD TWO SPOONFULS OF DICED TOMATO TO YOUR SHAKER
ADD TWO ONION RINGS (NOT THE FRIED KIND)
ADD AN OUNCE AND A HALF OF LIME JUICE
ADD ONE OR TWO JALAPEÑO SLICES (DEPENDING ON HOW SPICY YOU WANT IT)
ADD TWO LEAVES OF CILANTRO
LIGHTLY MUDDLE ALL OF THE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER
ADD AN OUNCE OF SIMPLE SYRUP
ADD AN OUNCE AND A HALF OF TEQUILA
ADD AN OUNCE OF ORANGE LIQUEuR
ADD SOME ICE TO YOUR SHAKER
RIM YOUR GLASS WITH SALT
STRAIN THE MIXTURE INTO THE GLASS AND GARNISH WITH CILANTRO LEAVES
That’s how to make La Patria! If you want to taste this cocktail with all of our premium ingredients, come visit us at Circa 1963 at Hotel Indigo in Downtown El Paso. We’ll happily make it for you. ¡Salud!