October 28, 2016 — The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a lively and joyful celebration in Mexico, where it originated, and other parts of Latin America on November 1 and 2. It combines the Catholic Church’s celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1 and 2) with Aztec heritage and rituals.
It is a major celebration in Mexico but it is also celebrated to a lesser degree in other parts of the world. The traditions in Mexico include decorating an altar in the home to honor the deceased, cleaning the graves and decorating them with food, drink, photos, flowers and candles. People gather to reminisce and tell stories about the departed and traditional food and beverages like Tequila and mezcal are commonly offered to the returning souls.
Raise a glass to honor the Day of the Dead with an Espíritu Alegre cocktail made with two famous Mexican spirits – Tequila and mezcal.
Espíritu Alegre (Joyful Spirit)
2 oz. Blue Nectar Reposado Special Craft Tequila
¼ oz. honey syrup
¼ oz. mezcal
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients, add ice and stir until cold – around one to two minutes. Strain into a rocks glass.