It’s 8:30 AM – I’m on the subway to work, eyes barely open, not ready for life yet. Just as I finally fall into that perfect half-sleep state (which has taken me YEARS to perfect), I’m awaken by a scantily clad group of just post college ladies, giggling and yelling about their after work activities for today. “I can’t wait for tequila, guacamole and sombreros tonight! We NEED to go to a theme bar!” one of the girls mentions. It all comes into focus… Cinco de Mayo is upon us once again.
Now, I’m not saying that I won’t be part taking in the festivities. It’s just… well, instead of going to a bar where I’ll likely be smashed in between hundreds of those subway ladies, I’d prefer entertaining at home (and you know how much I love a good excuse to host).
If you’re on the same page, listen up: here’s what you need – and need to know:
Before I go into the recipes (obviously), let’s learn a bit about what the holiday actually means. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Turns out, it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. In America, though, it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. In large Mexican-American populations, traditions can include parades, street festivals and mariachi music performances.
Okay, so now that you’re a Cinco de Mayo historian, let’s get to the fun stuff: celebrating. Get on your sombreros, invite your friends over and have some fun.
No Cinco de Mayo would be complete without the guac. For a recipe, Jack White’s concert rider recipe is on point. Learn the whole story (it is super entertaining) – and recipe – through NPR here.
In terms of other recipes, the Food Network Cinco de Mayo page has tons of great ideas. We’re making Chicken Mini Tacos and Tres Leches Cake. Our mouths are watering already.
What goes best with Mexican eats? Tequila, of course! Bon Appetit put together their musts and we couldn’t agree more. Our fave is the Heart of Gold… I mean, how can you go wrong with tequila, watermelon and a fresh grapefruit?!
Still not satisfied? No worries – our Cinco de Mayo Pinterest is full of inspiration, with decorations and recipes galore.