Cinco De Mayo is around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to gather friends and family near in celebration. The 5th of May is a reserved holiday in honor of the Mexican army’s Victory over the French. An unlikely win, this day signifies what perseverance and true grit can get you. Whether or not you’re celebrating the heritage and significance of the day or the meaning behind it, there’s no better way to bring it in than with tasty treats.
There’s never been a better time to delve into the heritage of Mexico than by experiencing it through the sense of taste. From street tacos to Mexican corn; there’s something for everyone to enjoy! If you spend the day by the water or in your backyard, it’s just the same. Surround yourself with the ones you love and delicious food and remember what the day is all about!
First, you’re going to want something to keep your guests at bay while the main course is all stirred up. Blending the sweet and savory, there’s no better choice than some guacamole and sweet, yet tangy salsa.
This way, you’ll have a variation of flavors for your guests to enjoy that aren’t too over the top, yet offer enough variety to warm up some taste buds.
Homemade Mexican Guacamole
You can always judge a Mexican restaurant by the quality of its guacamole, and the same goes for your party. Nothin’ says delicious like massive chunks of avocado with a healthy dose of lime juice, and then some.
Set up a delicious nacho-style bar with sour cream. Get the recipe here.
For a colorful exploration of diverse flavors, try your hand at rainbow salsa. Combining all things from beans to chunky cilantro, get movin’ and get your salsa on.
This also works well as a fancy pico de gallo, a must-have on Cinco de Mayo. Get the recipe here.
To accompany those both of age and not, you’ll want to have two specialty options. For an alcoholic beverage, in true Mexican culinary tradition, it’s essential to serve a margarita.
For your non-alcoholic option, there’s no going wrong with either virgin versions of the real margarita deal, or try your hand at a crafty punch.
Easy Beer Margaritas
Though you have many choices when it comes to margaritas, there’s no going wrong with mixing your favorite Mexican, lime juice beer and a nice, cold icy blend of margarita mix. Test out your bartending skills with a beergarita.
Get the recipe here.
Fruit-Filled Virgin Sangria
Try out your mocktail etiquette with a fruity blend of colors and fresh flavors. This virgin sangria mixes fresh berries, oranges and a handful of mint lives for a refreshing twist to a classic.
Who needs horchata when you have sangria? Exactly. Check out the recipe here.
There’s no better dish to prepare than a green enchilada recipe that mixes fresh herbs with a heap of shredded cheese. This traditional dish follows the light flavors in the drinks, and mixes pretty darn well with some homemade guacamole.
If you prefer enchiladas with a red sauce, feel free to swap in a tomato sauce to suit your tastes. Get the recipe here.
Though you may want to cater to all of your guests with an exquisite blend of Mexican pastries and sweet-as-ever dulce de leche, try your best to stick to one or two desserts.
This will keep the options up and the indecision at an all-time-low, perfect for boozy parties.
Spicy Mango Ice
Now, you wouldn’t be staying true to Mexican heritage if you didn’t have your choice of fruit blended with a kick. Whether you want to puree it together or bake it, there’s nothin’ quite like the combination of mango and chili.
Take this recipe for a swirl and get spicy here.
Margarita Lime Cheesecake
For a rich and creamy dessert, take a swing at this margarita lime cheesecake. It’s so simple, you’ll wonder why you don’t explore the never-ending world of cheesecake more often.
New York, look out. This is one twist on a classic Brooklyn cheesecake that will put all others to shame. Get the recipe here.