It's Cinco de Mayo
Celebrate with these alternatives to typical margaritas and tacos.user rating
When celebrating Cinco de Mayo, there is no better excuse to have a refreshing cocktail along with your favorite Mexican dish, but this year go beyond the standard margarita-and-taco pairing. Sue Seiter, owner of the Cider Mill Market in Scottsdale, Ariz., offers some contemporary suggestions that can easily take the place of the typical fare.
To snack: Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips
These snacks will put a crunch in your rice and beans. Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips come in Sea Salt, Sea Salt & Pepper, unsalted and Pico de Gallo varieties.
To eat: Specialty Pulled Chicken Sandwich
Marinate a chicken breast with tequila and fresh lime juice and Queen Creek Olive Mill Mexican Lime Olive Oil. Grill or slow cook, then serve on your favorite bread and top with Habanero Mango Hot Sauce from Stonewall Kitchen.
To drink: Prickly Pear Margarita Soda (nonalcoholic)
The Cider Mill Soda Co.’s Prickly Pear Margarita soda is sweet and satisfying—without the alcohol. Mix it with Cider Mill’s Old Timer’s Vanilla Crème Soda for a flavor fusion. Add tequila for an adult version!
To finish: Spicy Sweets
Check out spicy brownie mixes that give dessert a kick: Chuao Chocolatier Spicy Maya Brownie Mix and The Invisible Chef Chocolate Chipotle Brownie Mix. Or make your own brownies from scratch and add cayenne and cinnamon to the mix.
You can also give these recipes for Agua de Guayaba and Baked Bollio Chips a try for a distinct beverage and authentic Mexican snack. They are courtesy of Chef Anthony Esquivel, owner of La Flor de Mexico Bakery in Azusa, Calif.
Chef Esquivel says food and music are vital to a Cinco de Mayo party but not to forget the most important ingredients: friends and loved ones. Now that’s a party! —Nicole Potenza Denis