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.

December Bonus Post: Merry Margarita!

It’s our favorite time of the month– bonus post time!  We have been working on perfecting this recipe for a couple of weeks now, and we feel like we have finally hit the mark.  This festive margarita will help you and your friends ring in the holidays with lots of Christmas cheer!

This recipe is very easy. We tried out many different combinations and ended up returning to our tried and true base for our Skinny  Agave Margarita.  To make the Merry Margarita, you will need cocktail ready agave nectar, Corralejo Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice (We used diet cranberry juice.), and mint leaves with fresh cranberries for garnish.

If you are viewing this post in your email, visit our site to get a printable version of the Merry Margarita recipe.

We served our Merry Margarita without ice, but you may want to add some crushed or sonic ice for an ice cold marg and a special touch.  This drink is easy to drink with the right amount of cranberry to give the drink a rosy glow, but not overpower the taste.  We garnished ours with some fun Christmas tooth picks and alternating mint leaves and cranberries.  Try adding some fun salt to the rim or float cranberries in your cocktail.  Make it fun and festive

Will you be serving the  easy Merry Margarita at your holiday celebrations? Santa needs a little extra cheer, so this is definitely what we are leaving by the tree with some Golden Mint Crinkles!  Enjoy the rest of your week.  We will see you this weekend when we share a delicious reason that you will want to get out of bed on Christmas morning!

Here are some other holiday cocktails you may want to try–

Three Hot Chocolates with a Twist

Cranberry Rum Slush

Gold Medal Coffee

Midnight Spice

Disclaimer:  The 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.