Cinco de Mayo Neighborly Margaritas
I've lived in my house for more than four years now. Every day I stare out at the other houses, always the same. The '50s style paint on the houses that hold my 96-year-old neighbors sitting at their windows, watching the young family with the four kids. (That'd be us.)
Other houses are occupied by couples of similar age to us, and in the sea of gentle geriatrics, we've bonded. We have holed up together and bonded, even purchased a snow blower for more efficient snow removal of the kind old neighbors who watch over us during the day.
Now, as the weather warms, it's my favorite time of the year for neighbor watching, gussied-up gossips and throwing loud happy hour parties grilling in the driveway and lounging in the grass on our front lawns. Just about any occasion will do as reason to celebrate, like "it's been too long," "I made more cupcakes than I know what to do with," "the sun is shining" or, well, "Cinco de Mayo is Thursday, and Thursday is like the precursor to Friday." Happy hour will happen.
We'll load up trays filled with taco fixings, enchiladas, cervezas, guacamole, corn chips and, of course, margaritas. I'll bring the tequila; you bring the limes.
2 ounces tequila
1 ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounces lime juice
Add all ingredients to a glass. Shake over ice. Strain into salt-rimmed glass over fresh ice and serve. Top with a lime wedge.