Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, by people of Mexican ancestry all over the world, and is acknowledged internationally by many cultures. Dia de los Muertos is the gathering of friends and family to pray for their loved ones who have passed and help them guide their spiritual journey. This holiday extends from October 31st-November 2nd. Some traditions that are associated with Day of the Dead are building private alters (ofrendas), making sugar skulls to honor the dead, presenting marigolds, and making the favorite food and beverages of the deceased loved ones.

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Marigolds, via a long journey over the Atlantic hundreds of years ago now grow wildly in Mexico and grow up to 3-4 feet tall and wide. These flowers have always been used for decorative and medicinal purposes. During the Dia de los Muertos, it is believed that the spirits of the deceased come and visit the living. The marigolds presented are said to guide these spirits to the alters (ofrendas) with their vibrant color and scent. But, there is also another use of these marigolds in the celebration, Marigold Tequila. And, here is the recipe.

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4 C. Tequila

2 cinnamon sticks

1 C. Organic Marigold petals

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients and allow infusing for a week. Strain, and serve!

Enjoy the celebration!



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