Be cool, not a tool: Cinco de Mayo celebrations are about the people, so drink wisely |

Be cool, not a tool: Cinco de Mayo celebrations are about the people, so drink wisely


• 1.5 oz. tequila blanco

• .5 oz. triple sec

• 1 oz. lime juice

• Lime wedge

• Agave syrup to sweeten

• 1 beer (Tecate, Modelo, Corona, anything that goes well with a lime)

In a shaker, mix tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave and ice. Salt the rim of pint glass if you want before pouring mixture into glass. Garnish with wedge. Add beer as you drink it for a lasting beverage.


It’s time to take a different, less-offensive approach to Cinco de Mayo.

Getting hammered off tequila while wearing a sombrero and a fake mustache is borderline to straight-up racist. You don’t see Mexicans gaining 20 pounds, putting on an American flag Speedo and grilling hot dogs on the Fourth of July. And if you just said to yourself, “Hey, that’s a stereotype. Not all Americans are overweight and love hot dogs,” you just proved my point.

Talk to some Mexicans, and they will tell you Cinco de Mayo does not equal Fourth of July. And while Aspen does have a couple of Mexican restaurants, let’s not talk ourselves into any of them being authentic.

I ordered a torta the other day and got an Applebee’s chicken sandwich with French fries. For the amount of Mexicans who work in Aspen, it’s a travesty their food isn’t properly represented in town.

Go downvalley, don a sombrero and fake mustache then walk into one of the many eateries featuring employees who speak two languages and see how many times people tell you “Feliz Cinco de Mayo.”

In an age where woke is basically a condescending term for being considerate of others, try to have a little more self-awareness. Sorry if I ruined your Sunday fun day plans but it is possible to celebrate Mexican culture without your Speedy Gonzalez impression.