We love Mexican cuisine, so we are very excited Cinco de Mayo is coming up on Sunday. We have lots of party tips, whether it’s just the family or a big group of friends. We’ll help make sure May 5th is a day everyone will look forward to next year. Read on for some of our suggestions on Cinco de Mayo party classics like margaritas and fresh salsa.
If you are hosting a Cinco de Mayo party (or any fiesta themed party), here are some tips and ideas:
Hang a piñata from a tree branch and tie ribbon around a stick or a bat. Use a scarf, tie, or ribbon as a blindfold and have your guests take turns trying to break the piñata. Creative fillings include hard candy, loose change, bubble gum, flowers, party favors, stick-on mustaches, and confetti.
Brightly colored flowers in reds, yellows, greens, oranges, and blues bring out the festive colors used in Mexican decór.
Sombreros or DIY sarapes are great when guests want to dress up.
Dress up basic margaritas (we think they taste better when made from scratch – see recipe below) with hot peppers, honey sticks, fruit, or miniature Mexican beers.
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 1/4 cup triple sec
- 1 cup ice
- Juice of 8 limes
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Place all ingredients in blender; cover.
- Pulse for 45 seconds or until ice is crushed.
- Garnish with lime.
Kristel’s Tip: Ask your guests how they prefer their margarita. Give them the options of salt or no salt, blended or on ice, and which garnish they prefer. To prepare a margarita “on the rocks,” simply mix ingredients and pour over ice.
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 hot pepper (jalapeno or finger hot), stem removed
- 4 tomatoes, quartered
- 1/4 cup cilantro, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Hot sauce, optional
- Using food processor with S-blade, and with processor running, drop onion, garlic clove, and hot pepper through the food chute and chop until finely minced. Stop processor.
- Add tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until desired texture, scraping bowl as needed. Add hot sauce if desired.
Test Kitchen Tip: If you do not have a food processor, finely chop all ingredients. Add to large bowl and mix. Add hot sauce to taste.
Recipes from the Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen