Best Mexican Food And Drink Ideas For Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
The 5th of May, also known as Cinco de Mayo, is an important holiday for celebrating Mexican culture, heritage, and history. As most of our readers probably already know from reading our article on this holiday, this day is mainly observed in Mexico and the United States.
This means that many of the holiday celebrations that surround this holiday happen in or around Tex-Mex restaurants across North America. While that’s a good way for people to celebrate this holiday, we actually think that people should do a little bit more than that in honor of the spirit of this celebration.
What do we have in mind? Well, we certainly think that this holiday deserves something a little bit better than just a plate of lukewarm nachos or pre-mixed margaritas. We think that this holiday deserves more of a creative hand.
That’s why in this post we’re going to be talking about the Best Food and Drink Ideas for Celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Let’s explore some of these foods and drinks and find out how we can use them to make Cinco de Mayo a once-in-a-year event that will thrill friends and foes alike.
Blue Lagoon Margaritas
We think margaritas are the foundation of any good Cinco de Mayo celebration, but we don’t want the usual mixture of margaritas mix topped with triple sec and tequila. We want something with a little bit more “zip!” One of our favorite margaritas is the Blue Lagoon Margaritas. This drink combines ½ cup of tequila, ½ cup of blue curacao, 1/3 cup of frozen limeade concentrate, ½ cup chilled Sprite soda, 3 tablespoons of coarse sugar, and 4 lime slices to create something truly amazing.
Nachos are another foundational food for this holiday. But we think the nachos that most places serve are just old-fashioned and that the whole recipe needs an update. That’s why we like serving Chicken Nachos Queso Blanco at our May 5th celebration.
All it requires are some cooked chicken breasts, chili powder, cumin, tortilla chips, a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies, and some Queso Blanco. Combine all those ingredients with some salsa, guacamole, and sour cream and you have nachos that will become the talk of the town.
Pulled Pork Quesadillas
Now don’t get us wrong, we do love the quesadillas that are just made with tortillas and cheese. We think that those are pretty good. But, we do think that they can be improved on and one way to do that is by adding a little bit of pulled pork to them before frying them up. If pulled pork isn’t your cup of tea, chicken or other fine meats can be used in place of pulled pork.
Another great drink that’s sure to spice up any Cinco de Mayo celebration is the Michelada. This is a Mexican drink that’s made with beer, lime juice, chili peppers, spices, and assorted sauces such as Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce, and teriyaki sauce. Although we can’t get into the recipe here, we can say that there are about a hundred different recipes that can be found online – like this one here. Trust us, this is definitely a drink that people are going to want to enjoy on this holiday.
Also known as Orxata, this beverage is a sweet rice milk beverage that’s made out of rice, vanilla, milk, and cinnamon. It’s non-alcoholic, so it appeals to a wide range of people, and it’s a great drink to enjoy while it’s hot outside.
The next dish we would recommend by name on Cinco de May is the Strawberry Sopapillas. This is a fried tortilla that’s rolled in cinnamon and sugar, with an ice cream scoop strategically placed in the middle. It’s then covered with a delicious sauce made from sugar and strawberries.
Fried Ice Cream
What many people don’t realize is that you can actually deep fry ice cream. First, you have to make sure that a scoop of vanilla ice cream is frozen solid. Then it’s dipped into an egg mixture and then rolled into a mixture of corn flakes and bran flakes.
After it’s allowed to set in the freezer for a few moments, it’s then deep-fried for 30 seconds in hot oil. The fried ice cream is then removed and covered with honey and topped with chopped nuts. It’s the perfect dish to end Cinco de Mayo.
And that’s all of the tips and tricks we have for turning this Cinco de Mayo into a true culinary event. We’re sure that everyone celebrating is also going to be adding their own unique twists to this holiday, as well as they should. Cinco de Mayo is a great way to not only embrace Mexican culture and history but also spend time with friends and family members. So, let’s enjoy it with much enthusiasm, shall we?