Sunday, September 16, 2012

Viva Mexico!

September 16,
Mexican Indepence Day
El Grito de Independencia

In the wee hours of September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small Mexican town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather all the townspeople. Hidalgo called for the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, initiating Mexico's War of Independence. While independence was not achieved until 1821, this event known as the Grito de Dolores is commemorated every year in town squares across Mexico.
Festivities actually begin on the 15th of September, with the biggest event being in Mexico City, where the streets will be decorated in red, white, and green lights and lined in Mexican Flags. At 11pm on the 15th the President will go out onto the central balcony of the palace and after ringing the very same bell Hidalgo rang in 1810, he cries out to the enthusiastic crowd:
¡Vivan los heroes que nos dieron patria! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Hidalgo! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Morelos! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Allende! ¡Viva!
¡Vivan Aldama y Matamoros! ¡Viva!
¡Viva nuestra independencia! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva!


The Mexican culture is among the most patriotic of all cultures. While a margarita is a nice compliment to the day, let's do it correctly! The bandera shot is very popular on El Grito as it represents the colors in the Mexican flag (bandera means flag in Spanish.) Most fiesta on this day include foods with the national colors as well.
This drink is three layered parts: Lime, Tequila and Sangrita. You will need the ingredients for Sangrita to complete the drink. Hard work, but well worth it!
1oz. Tequila
1oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1oz. Sangrita

Fill one shot glass with Lime Juice 
One with Tequila 
One With Sangrita
Take them all back one at a time in that order!


  • 3/4 cups orange juice
  • 3/4 cups regular or spicy tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 medium jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • Pinch salt
Put all ingredients into a blender a mix until smooth

The exact world Hidalgo said are often times disputed, but it is agreed the translation was very close to this:

"My children: a new dispensation comes to us today. Will you receive it? Will you free yourselves? Will you recover the lands stolen three hundred years ago from your forefathers by the hated Spaniards? We must act at once… Will you defend your religion and your rights as true patriots? Long live our Lady of Guadalupe! Death to bad government! Death to the gachupines!'"

"Arriba (up), Abajo (down), Al Centro (middle)
y Pa' Dentro! (for the mouth)"

"Arriba", put your glass up, "abajo", glass down, "al centro", glass in the middle, "y pa' dentro", chug.

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