Cinco de Mayo Recipes for Your Party

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and although many Americans think that it is Mexico’s version of our Fourth of July, it is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage.  Americans don’t need much of an excuse to have a party.

When planning this post we were going to introduce you to another great margarita recipe, because everyone loves a good marg, right?  Then we started to scroll through our past posts and realized that we could put together a whole menu of easy, tasty and fresh ideas for your Cinco de Mayo party.

Appetizer– Tequila Ceviche.

We shared this post with you last summer, and it became a huge hit in TBP household.  This is often a go-to for us when friends and family are joining us for dinner.  Hosting tip– this is delicious if made ahead of time.  It gives the flavors time to meld together and you time to take care of other pressing matters.

Cocktails!  You can’t have a Cinco de Mayo party without a yummy margarita.  We have some marg suggestions for you.

Skinny Agave Margarita:  This one is a crowd pleaser.  Easy to make and easy to drink.

Jalapeno Popper Margarita:  Need to spice things up a bit?

Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita: Fresh and spicy.  What else is there to say?

Merry Margarita:  We know it’s not Christmas, but this drink will keep your guests merry all year long

Santorita:  This marg is made with mezquila.  You can also substitute your favorite tequila.  It’s an excellent recipe.


In keeping with other yummy Mexican beverages we have some margarita alternatives.

Rojo:  This drink is made for the more sophisticated palate.  With a name like Rojo, how can it be left off the list?

Carpano Antica Sangria:  Need a large batch recipe?  This is your friend.  For the busy host, this recipe also can be made ahead of time.

Paloma:  Palomas are more popular in Mexico than margaritas which are more of an American invention.  If you really want to be true to Viva La Mexico, go with the Paloma.

The Paloma is a refreshing alternative tequila cocktail to the typical margarita.

Main Course: We have 3 wonderful choices for you for the main course.

Hatch Tequila Chicken:  This recipe is a little more time consuming, but if you plan ahead you can prep much of this a day ahead in order to make the day of your celebration a breeze.  This chicken is so yummy.  It is well worth the extra effort.

Corralejo Honey Lime Chicken:  This is a great choice, especially if you are in the mood to grill.  This chicken is very versatile.  It can stand alone, be sliced up and served in tacos or fajitas.  This is a TBP family favorite.

Tequila Fish Tacos:  These tacos are very yummy and flavorful.  Fish tacos aren’t for everyone, but we highly recommend this recipe.

Dessert: Tequila Strawberry Lime Ice Cream Pie

This pie recipe will need to be prepped the day before your party.  With its yummy strawberry ice cream, pretzel crust and touch of tequila flavor, your guests will be blown away!

Choose one or choose them all, you can’t go wrong with this line up for your Cinco de Mayo.


Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

Top Ten Posts for 2017

Happy New Year, friends.  Did you ring in the new year with family and friends or did you spend a cozy night in?  We had a get together at our casa and the Infused Pineapple Vodka did not disappoint.

As we look forward to the new year with optimism and enthusiasm, we also reflect on 2017.  We were surprised to see that we have already posted 33 times on our little blog.  Time flies when you are busy cooking and concocting.  We wanted to share with you our top ten posts that received the most buzz and views.

  1. Zaya Rum Mojito zayamojito5
  2. Tequila Fish Tacostequila fish tacos6
  3. Watermelon Warswatermelon wars 3
  4. Mary Ann or Gingermary ann or ginger
  5. Carpano Antica Sangriasangria 8
  6. Zaya Banana Breadzaya banana bread 1
  7. Zaya Rum Manhattanzaya manhattan 7
  8. Pumpkin Spice Martinipumpkin spice martini 4
  9. Kerrygold Ice Creamkerrygoldicecream
  10. Salted Whiskey Caramel Corncaramel corn 013

Next week we will bring you more recipes and ideas for entertaining and your delight, as well as some more low calorie alternatives for entertaining.

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Tequila Fish Tacos and Jalapeno Popper Margaritas

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This week you are in for another two-fer!  We are sharing two easy delicious recipes with you: Tequila Fish Tacos with Lime Sauce paired with a delicious Jalapeno Popper Margarita.  Since we are from Texas, we eat tacos a lot!  If you didn’t know, Texans eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We are a bit taco crazy sometimes.  Years ago, Rhonda was introduced to the fish taco, and she has been making and ordering fish tacos ever since.

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The taco recipe is a variation of a recipe we found in a recipe book called, Home Cooking:  The Costco Way.  Before you judge, we just want everyone to know that we have found some very good recipes in this cookbook.  We paired our variation with a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens April 2011 issue where we found the Lime Sauce recipe. Both of these recipes are easy, tasty and fresh!

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These tacos are very easy.  Don’t get intimidated by the list of ingredients.  You will need 1 ½ – 2 pounds of white fish.  We used tilapia, but you can also use halibut.  Other ingredients include corn or flour tortillas, green onions, cilantro and a lime cut into wedges.

For the taco marinade you will need Corralejo Tequila, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, crushed garlic, juice and peel of a lime, a green onion, and salt.  Mix the ingredients together and add the fish.  Marinate in the fridge for 1-3 hours.

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Next you will create the salsa from tomatoes, avocado, lime juice, cilantro, jalapenos, red onion, and salt and pepper.  Combine the ingredients into a bowl and chill.

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For the lime sauce you will need to juice two limes, stir in ½ cup of mayo and add 1 tsp of chili powder.  Chill until ready to serve.

When ready to cook, preheat the grill.  Remove the fish from the marinade and grill over medium heat for several minutes per side.  Look to make sure the fish is flaky and no longer translucent.  Crumble the fish into a bowl and keep warm.

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Fill tortillas with fish, salsa, cheese and add lime sauce when serving.  Yummy!  Our three kids even liked this recipe, and they can be extremely a bit picky at times.

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Corralejo Jalapeno Popper Margarita

Our Jalapeno Popper Margarita is a variation on our Skinny Agave Margarita. The only extra ingredient that you need is fresh jalapenos.  We were able to use jalapenos from our garden, but purchasing them at your local grocery store is fine.  When making the Jalapeno Popper, add the lime juice to the shaker first.  Then add a few slices of jalapenos.  Obviously the more slices, the hotter the drink.  Leaving the seeds in the jalapeno also makes the drink hotter. We prefer to seed the jalapenos before slicing.  Muddle the jalapenos and lime juice in the shaker.  Next add the agave nectar and tequila and ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a glass.  Garnish with more jalapenos.  This drink is a wonderful summer drink, but especially tasty with a Tex-Mex meal.

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Tequila Fish Tacos

  • 1 ½ – 2 pounds of white fish such as halibut or tilapia
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro


  • 1 ¼ cups of Corralejo Tequila
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons crushed garlic
  • Juice and grated peel of 1 lime
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 4-5 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ¼ fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapenos, minced
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Lime Sauce

  • 2 limes juiced
  • ½ cup of mayo
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Mix marinade ingredients. Add fish and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours.

Combine salsa ingredients in a bowl and chill.

Mix lime sauce ingredients together and chill.

Preheat grill.

Remove fish from marinade and grill over medium heat for several minutes per side, or until it is not longer translucent in the center and starts to flake.  Crumble fish into a bowl and keep warm.

Fill tortillas with fish, onions, cilantro, and salsa.  Top with lime sauce.  Makes 8 servings.

Corralejo Jalapeno Popper Margarita

Jalapeno Popper Margarita

  • 1.5 oz. Corralejo Reposado Tequila
  • .75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .75 oz Monin agave nectar
  • 2-3 fresh jalapenos sliced and seeded

Add lime juice and jalapenos to shaker.  Muddle together.  Add agave nectar and tequila.  Top with ice.  Shake for 15 seconds.  Strain over fresh ice in glass.  Garnish with slices of jalapenos.  

For multiple guests:  Simple formula.  2 parts tequila; 1 part agave nectar; 1 part lime juice.

Do you have a food and drink pairing that you enjoy?  We would love to hear about it!

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