Hispanic Heritage Month

hispanic heritage month

We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month. Unlike a calendar month this celebration of ancestors is observed from September 15 to October 15. It may seem strange to begin Hispanic Heritage Month on September 15, but it coincides with the Independence Day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras (hispanicheritagemonth.gov). These are just a few of the feted cultures. Hispanic Heritage Month includes Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America (hispanicheritagemonth.gov).

hispanic heritage month

Despite the short history of Hispanics in America, they have truly left quite an impression. In terms of government, the first held office in the U.S. congress in 1822. Joseph Marion Hernandez was a delegate for Florida, and since then there have been Hispanics in almost any position of office from Senator to Treasurer to Supreme Court Justice (infoplease.com).

hispanic heritage month

There have been notable military leaders with various Hispanic backgrounds since the Civil War, but perhaps less well known is their contribution to science. Both Franklin Chang-Diaz and Ellen Ochoa were apart of several space-shuttle missions, and Luiz Alvarez and Severo Ochoa were both Nobel prize winners for significant advances in their fields (infoplease.com).


Of course, most of us are aware of the contributions in the Arts thanks to Frida Kahlo, Carlos Santana, Selena, and the plethora of Hispanic actors throughout Hollywood, but were you aware that one of the notorious opera divas, Lucrezia Bori, was also Hispanic (infoplease.com)?

hispanic heritage month

There is also a laundry list of achievements by Hispanics throughout U.S. sports. For instance, in baseball Alfonso Carrasquel was named the all star player in 1951, Juan Marichal pitched a no hitter in 1963, and Arturo Moreno was the first Hispanic owner of a major league franchise (infoplease.com).

hispanic heritage month

The most recent wave of influence on American culture is most definitely through our stomachs. Chefs such as Lorena Garcia, Jose Andres, and Marcela Valladolid are not only getting more attention in the media nowadays, but also introducing the food of their mothers into restaurants throughout America. Hispanics are the largest growing population in America and they are sharing their culture through their food (huffingtonpost.com).

hispanic heritage month

Last, but not least, let’s not forget my namesake, supermodel Christy Turlington. So, what could be more apropos than to raise a toast to the achievements and contributions of these cultures than with a drink from their motherland?

Hemmingway Cocktail
2 oz light rum
¼ oz luxardo liquor
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
½ oz fresh lime juice

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a luxardo cherry.

2 oz light rum
2 oz guava juice
1 oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup or honey syrup
Shake with ice and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
2 oz cachaca
3 lime wedges
½ oz simple syrup

Muddle the limes and the cachaca. Add the simple syrup and ice then shake. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Perfect Margarita
1 ½ oz herradura silver tequila
½ oz Cointreau
¾ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz simple syrup

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Pour into a bucket glass with a salted rim, if desired. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.

2 oz light rum
~1 tsp brown sugar
~8 mint leaves
3 lime wedges
Club soda

Muddle the mint, brown sugar, and the limes together. Add the rum and ice and shake. Pour into a hurricane glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wheel. Keep in mind the amount of mint depends on your desired strength of flavor and the sugar depends on the sweetness of the limes. Feel free to adjust accordingly.

By Krystle Turkington



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