Chicks that Mix: A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

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It’s the first of May! Can you believe it? We’re hoping that Minnesota and Mother Nature are kind to us in the coming weeks and that Spring is here to stay. Because we’re ready for backyard barbeque season, to spend weekends on the porch with friends, soaking up the sun! Cinco de Mayo is happening on Tuesday, and we think that’s the perfect way to kick off the season! It’s a fun, festive occasion, and it’s the type of party that requires very little planning but is oh-so-fun! And you know what that means? Time to dust off that tequila bottle and mix up some margaritas!

And what goes better with Margaritas than some delicious Mexican food? For your Cinco de Mayo celebrations, we recommend serving Carnitas! It’s a crowd-pleaser for kids and adults alike, can be served up buffet-style, and is full of so many yummy {and actually kind of good for you!} food! Start with crispy tostadas, add a layer of refried beans, a mound of shredded pork, and top it with all of your favorites—pico de gayo lettuce, salsa, guacamole, queso fresco, a squeeze of lime, and whatever else you can dream up!

With this style of meal, each guest can add whatever toppings they’d like and skip whichever ones they don’t prefer, so everyone is happy! And don’t forget to have a bowl of chips for those who want to go back for extra guacamole. And when it comes to guacamole, we believe homemade is always best. So mash up some avocados, dice some red onions, squeeze in a generous amount of lime juice, a bunch of chopped cilantro, and salt it to taste! It’s simple to make, and a significant cut above store-bought options. Throw up a string of lights and lay down a festive tablecloth, and you’ll be good to go! Now, for the drinks . . .

We love a good ol’ fashioned classic margarita, on the rocks. But if you’re looking to serve something a little out of the ordinary, this Blood Orange Margarita looks divine, this Pineapple Margarita looks super refreshing, and a peach variety? Yes, please. But, for you purists out there, we’ve included a simple, classic variety, just for you. But be careful—these bad boys pack a punch. {Which is why we always include a splash of water . . . that way you can enjoy two or three without things getting crazy!} And if you’re making them for a crowd, consider making the blended variety {rather than on the rocks} for quick, easy mixing!

Margarita

The Classic Margarita

Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons Silver Tequila
1 1/2 Tablespoons Triple Sec
1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
Splash of Water
Ice
Lime Wedge or Cucumber Slice
Sea Salt

Directions:
To rim the glass, fill a saucer with salt, rub a lime wedge around the rim until moistened, then dip the rim into the salt. Add the tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, water, and a handful of ice into a cocktail shaker, and shake until well-mixed. Strain into a double old-fashioned glass {or whatever style you prefer} filled with ice. Garnish with a lime or cucumber, and enjoy!

So, will you be hosting or attending a Cinco de Mayo fiesta celebration this year?

 

Top photo by Kate Zimmerman for Camille Styles. Bottom photo by Rustic White for Waiting on Martha. {And check out both of these blog links for more fun Cinco de Mayo party inspiration!}

Chicks that Mix is a new weekly feature, filled with inspiration + tips on parties, style, beauty and life—the sorts of things that you’d want to chat about at happy hour, or the inspiration and recipes you need to host a happy hour of your own!

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