Love that Mexican skull face paint you see every Halloween? You may love the holiday and rituals that go with it even more once you learn about them. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated across the U.S., Mexico and Latin America on Nov. 1 and 2. The 3,000-year-old Aztec ritual is a time to honor loved ones who have passed in the most beautifully life-affirming way.
During this holiday, souls are welcomed to visit the families they left behind. Families decorate colorful altars with fresh flowers and bright tapestries. And of course, food is central.
That's why we've put together a full collection of our favorite traditional and modern recipes by Latina cookbook writers and bloggers just in time for the big day. You don't have to be Mexican to celebrate Día de los Muertos. We all have people in our lives who have passed on — people we miss very much. Welcome them back in spirit with your own Day of the Dead feast.
Recipe courtesy Pati Jinich
2. Marigold-infused tequila
Marigolds are said to lead the souls of the dead to their graves, and this marigold-infused tequila is a great drink to celebrate with on this day.
3. The Weeping Woman martini
4. Café de olla atole
"Atole," a corn-based drink, is usually drunk during this holiday. We're loving the addition of coffee in this café de olla atole.
5. Mexican hot chocolate
Mexican hot chocolate, also known as "champurrado," is famous for its thick consistency thanks to Mexican chocolate and "piloncillo" sugar, or really dark brown cane sugar. Muy Bueno cookbook writer and blogger Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack has a growing collection of Día de los Muertos recipes on her website.
6. Ecuadorian spiced purple corn fruit drink
Also known as "colada morada," this corn-based drink is sweetened with the addition of fresh berries.
7. Atole de vainilla
Another version of "atole," the corn-based drink, is this atole de vainilla that is brightened up with the inclusion of Mexican vanilla beans — some of the best vanilla in the world.
8. Marigold muerte drink
You can purchase dried or fresh marigold at your local flower shop to make this marigold muerte drink to celebrate your loved ones.
9. Ecuadorian bread figures
In Spanish, these are called "guaguas de pan" and are traditional in Ecuador during the Day of the Dead celebrations.
Next up: DIY sugar skull cake pops
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