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Orange Blossom: The Essence Behind the Day of the Dead  


Orange Blossom: The Essence Behind the Day of the Dead 

One of the most awaited holidays in Mexico is drawing near: Día de Muertos! Altars are being adorned with marigolds, tequila and the very special “pan de muerto”—a uniquely prepared sweet bread—with its captivating aroma. And finally, a “muertos” cocktail to celebrate!

What is the Day of the Dead?

The Day of the Dead remains one of the most colorful and meaningful festivities in Mexico.

The Day of the Dead remains one of the most colorful and meaningful festivities in Mexico. It is an amazing tradition celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, when we honor our dead by helping their journey into the afterlife and encouraging them to visit the world of the living again for just one night. Beloved deceased relatives are honored—because here death is not considered the end, but rather a new beginning full of hope and celebration! 

Mexico’s Day of the Dead Celebration: Honoring Those Who Visit from Beyond 

Altos Tequila Day of The Dead Altar

While in most cultures people might talk about the greatness or best qualities of their ones who have passed on, in Mexico we remember our deceased by placing on the altar items symbolizing what made them weak...

Mexican families come together and create colorful altars at home to honor their departed loved ones and then feast on delicious, favorite foods like mole, citrus fruits, sweets like sugar skulls, and of course tequila. The one thing that is definitely never missing is the “pan de muerto.”

Pan de Muerto: Indulging Souls’ Palate

Pan de muerto is just one of a number of favorite foods placed on altars for hungry visiting souls. 

Pan de muerto is just one of a number of favorite foods placed on altars for hungry visiting souls. 

It refers to a type of sweet bread made with wheat flour, butter, egg, milk, granulated sugar, orange zest and a very special ingredient: orange blossom water, which is responsible for attracting the souls that visit the altar. This special bread is made exclusively during this time of year.

The bread’s circular form pays homage to the dead and represents the cycle of life and death. The ball in the upper center represents the skull and the crisscross “bones” represent the four cardinal points.

If you want to join the Day of the Dead celebration in the most authentic Mexican style by making your own pan de muerto with orange blossom water, we are happy to share the original recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v =0XsXyj0oxWA

Did You Know What Can Be Extracted by the Bitter Orange Tree?

The bitter orange tree produces different types of extracts used not only in perfumery but also in the art of pastry making. 

From the fruit, bitter orange essence can be extracted, and from the flowers, orange blossom absolute, orange blossom water or neroli essence.

As the orange blossom water is the protagonist of this story, we leave you with The DOTD Essence—the best cocktail that you can prepare with Altos Tequila, created by our Global Brand Ambassador, Simon Kistenfeger @the_real_vikingo.

The DOTD Essence Recipe: The Best Altos Tequila Cocktail 

The DOTD Essence Recipe: The Best Altos Tequila Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 40 ml Altos Plata
  • 20 ml Lillet Rouge
  • 40 ml fresh orange juice
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 10 ml simple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange blossom water
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters, to top
  • orange peel, for garnish 

Method

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker without ice and shake. Add ice and shake again. Serve in a coupette glass, garnished with orange peel and an orange blossom flower. Your clients will love this tequila cocktail!