Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cinco de Mayo

There was nothing special going on at this end for Cinco de Mayo yesterday.  Two of my girls were out at a Cinco de Mayo birthday party/sleep over. Those of us who stayed home enjoyed some S'mores around our first outdoor fire of the season. 

Perhaps next year, I'll get ambitious and do something for Cinco de Mayo. . . we'll see. In the mean time I thought I'd share links of recipes and ideas, other than the usual tacos and enchiladas, that might be fun for a future Cinco de Mayo fiesta.

First and foremost, whether you're talking about a Cinco de Mayo fiesta or any other party, this is must have recipe for most parties. That's right, Pico de Gallo is the perfect party food. It's quick, easy, tasty, and and can be made to your liking (I often add fresh lime juice or orange juice to mine). Here's a basic recipe that would go good with tortillas or any other Mexican dish. Yum!

These colorful pinata sugar cookies by She Knows Food & Recipes would be a fun and tasty treat for your guests.

Who doesn't like delicious queso dip, except maybe those who are lactose intolerant. This is a recipe from Pennies on a Platter that I'll definitely be trying in the future. 

I haven't tried these Margarita Shots by Mrs. Wifestine Palmer, but they would be dangerously fun for a future Cinco de Mayo fiesta, although I have to admit, I think I'm too old for shots.

Here's a different kind of margarita recipe from Scissors and Spatulas, obviously not a traditional recipe, but looks super yummy.

Here's a really easy margarita recipe posted by Katherine on that looks quite delicious.

If you're looking for a less traditional way to serve your alcohol, then check out these Frozen Melon Margarita Pops by Martha Stewart. They can certainly be served without the spirit soak for those who don't consume alcohol.

A fiesta would be all the more complete with yummy churros on your menu. These are a great hit with both big kids adults and little kids. Here's a recipe by Mom's Mexican Recipes that might be worth a try. 

If you're the type to go the extra mile, don't forget to dress up your table with these adorable mini chili pepper pinata favors as shown by Party Pinching.

And if you're looking for some some quick invitations, check out Tom Kat Studio for these colorful and free printables. She has a variety of other fun party theme ideas so make sure you browse through her site.

You can't have a fiesta without a pinata. Curbly has some links to great mini pinata ideas.

Last, but not least, I leave you with one of my tried and favorite margarita recipes from our close family friend, Jon, otherwise known as Grandpa Jon. I'm not sure if this is his personal recipe, but he's who shared it with me.

Margarita on the Rocks

(I have tried this recipe with cheaper brands, but it definitely wasn't as good)

Tequila (I use Sauza or Patron)
Orange Liqueur (I use Patron Citron)
Brandy (I use Presidente Brandy)
Sweet and Sour Mix
Rose's Lime Juice
Margarita Salt

In a drink shaker filled with ice mix the following:
1.5 ounces of tequila
.5 ounces of orange liqueur
.5 ounces of brandy
4 ounces of Sweet and Sour Mix
Splash of Lime Juice

Rub the rim of your glass with a fresh lime wedge, dip the rim into your salt, pour your freshly mixed margarita into your glass filled will ice and garnish with the same lime wedge. Enjoy and please drink responsibly. 

Until the next time. . . .

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