Welcome Dearly Departed Friends and Relatives at Your Dia de los Muertos Gathering
Day of the Dead is a beautiful ritual in which the Mexican culture likes to remember and welcome dearly departed relatives that have died. The Day of the Dead focuses on the gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls of our loved ones, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight to reunite the dead with their families. Toward the last days of October, entire regions of Mexico prepare for the great fiesta of Los Días de Muertos, the Days of the Dead. They build altars or ofrendas as a focal point using mementoes that were meaningful to their loved ones. These mementoes could be toys, articles of clothing, pictures of them, candles and of course their favorite foods and drinks.
According to tradition, it is important to use very fragrant foods and spices because it is the smell of this food that draws the spirits down to earth. Once the spirits come down, they are guided to the alter by following a path of bright marigold petals (the traditional flower for this day).
Because the Mexican culture runs through San Antonio’s very fiber, this can be a big celebration for many families. Many people in San Antonio celebrate this holiday by visiting the graves of their departed loved one. Others may build an alter at their home to celebrate someone from the family who has passed. And still others may even pay tribute to a friend who has died or even a pet they cherished.
No matter who’s life you want to remember, you can celebrate by throwing a Day of the Dead party. Just build you a colorful alter, offer fragrant or spicy foods and cocktails, then make a path of marigold petals from your front door to the alter or bar so the spirits (both living or departed) can find their way.
For serving a crowd, it is best to make up a pitcher of your favorite drink. That way guests can serve themselves and you will spend less time in the kitchen mixing and more time reminiscing about your dearly departed.
Here are a couple of drink recipes for the party:
“Red, Red Rita” says Welcome Dearly Departed
1 part Sauza Signature Blue Silver
1 part blood orange juice
1/2 part lime juice
1/2 part simple syrup
Blood orange wedge
Note: If you can’t get blood oranges, substitute regular oranges.
Preparation: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with blood orange wedge and serve.
Welcome dearly departed with the fragrant “Bewitching Berry”
2 parts Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1/2 parts peach juice
1/2 parts blackberry puree
1/2 parts lemon juice
1 part simple syrup
Preparation: Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a glass. Garnish by skewering a fresh berries and a slice of peach.
Made with 100% blue agave, Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila is perfect for authentic pitcher-style margaritas to share with friends.
*** Full disclosure: Sauza® Tequila has provided me with products to host my own Day of the Dead party. I was not paid for this post.