Cinco de Mayo Date Idea – Olé!
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Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for May 5th) is a Mexican celebration to commemorate victory of the Mexican army over the French army – who was twice their size – on May 5, 1862. Today, Cinco de Mayo is not only celebrated in Mexico, but across North America.
This year, why not turn a date night into your own little Cinco de Mayo celebración at home!
Cinco de Mayo is an important day in Mexican history, celebrated with food and family. Here are a few recipes to try for your own date night.
You can’t have a Mexican celebration without tequila. Since gone are the days when I enjoy tequila shots, we tried out two variations of margaritas instead.
Grapefruit Margarita on the rocks
In a cocktail shaker combine:
- 7 oz. grapefruit juice
- 3 oz. of tequila
- 1.5 oz. of triple sec
- plenty of ice
Shake and pour over a glass of ice and garnish with a lime or grapefruit wedge! Serves ~4.
This drink was AMAZING! It’s tart and full of flavour. Also, I loved the pink colour We tried this with and without a traditional salt rim and preferred no salt – the grapefruit juice was enough to cut through the tequila nicely.
Electric Blue Margarita
In a blender combine:
- 1/2 can frozen lime margarita mix
- 3 oz. Tequila
- 1 oz. triple sec
- 1 oz. blue curaçao
- 8 oz. ice
- 8 oz. cold water
This recipe yields a little less than the last (~ 2) so it’s a stronger drink and a salt rim can be preferable.
Again, I loved the colour! This drink tasted more like a traditional Margarita, but with the added fun of the blue colouring.
It’s hard to beat a heaping nacho platter with all the fixin’s.
- Layer nacho chips (my personal recommendation is the Tostitos scoops) on a baking sheet
- Pile on top:
- tex-mex seasoned, cooked chicken breast – finely chopped
- red and yellow bell peppers – finely chopped
- jalapeño peppers (remove the seeds to tame the spice) – finely chopped
- Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.
Sodium-Free Tex-mex Seasoning
This recipe is a staple in our household and we use it on almost anything that needs a bit of kick added to it.
In a spice shaker combine equal parts:
- chili pepper
For me Guacamole is the difference between good and sensational nachos, here’s a recipe for you to try:
- 1 avocado
- 1 lime, juiced or 1 oz. lime juice
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
What would you add to your Mexican celebration?
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