Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Authentic Mexican Flavors and an Espresso Margarita!


What is Cinco de Mayo? While often mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada, Cinco de Mayo is a great opportunity to appreciate Mexican culture, including its vibrant colors, delicious cuisine, and rich history.

Authentic Mexican Flavors

Mexican food is a true delight for the senses, bursting with bold flavors. Here’s a taste of what you can incorporate into your Cinco de Mayo celebration:

  • Tacos:  Forget the oversized versions you might be used to. Authentic Mexican tacos are smaller, with soft corn or flour tortillas and a variety of fillings like barbacoa, pescado (fish), al pastor (marinated pork), chorizo, and birria (stewed meat).  Toppings like salsa, guacamole, onions, cilantro, and radish add another layer of flavor and texture.
  • Drinks: Tequila, the national spirit of Mexico, is a popular Cinco de Mayo beverage. But don’t forget about cerveza (beer), often served as a michelada (with lime juice, spices, and hot sauce) or a chelada (a simpler version with lime and salt). For a refreshing non-alcoholic option, try aguas frescas, a blend of fruit, water, and sweetener.

Embrace the Spirit of Mexico

  • Decorations:  Bring the fiesta spirit to life with bright colors!  Think tablecloths, streamers, and flowers in bold hues that reflect the vibrancy of Mexican culture.
  • Music:  Turn up the mariachi music and get ready to dance!  The lively rhythms will create a fun and festive atmosphere.

Bonus Recipe:  Espresso Margarita

No celebration is complete without a delicious drink. Here’s a unique twist on the classic margarita, perfect for coffee lovers:


  • 1.5 oz tequila blanco
  • 3/4 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1 oz Tequila coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz strong coffee or cold brew concentrate
  • Clear ice for serving


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a glass with clear ice.
  3. Enjoy the rich coffee flavor blended with the refreshing margarita taste!

Raise a glass and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a taste of Mexico!



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