For everyone that doesn't know Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army's victory against the French Empire in 1862. In Mexico, this is typically celebrated with public parades, authentic dress and delicious food. In North America people typically celebrate with food, music, and tequila drinks.
As we're all currently staying at home, I wanted to put together some fun ways to celebrate the Mexican festivities whether you're quarantining at home with family, with your significant other or by yourself.
1. A DIY Tequila Tasting
One of my favourite memories of visiting Mexico in 2016 was this tequila tasting at the Jose Cuervo Center in Cozumel. This was such a fun way to learn more about the tequila making process and appreciate the different flavours. If you're interested in doing this at home you'll need:
Start with silver tequila then move to the more aged tequilas. Smell the coffee beans in between tastings to refresh your sense of smell and snack on the crackers if you need a break between tequilas. Put on some fun Latin music or watch A Guide To The Different Types Of Tequila to learn more while sipping.
2. Taco Tuesday
I was so excited when I realized that Cinco de Mayo fell on a Tuesday! Taco Tuesday anyone? Last year we posted a guide to recreating taco fest which could not feel more relevant right now. Also for easy and delicious guac check out my Quick and Easy – Spicy, Chunky Guacamole.
For drinks, I definitely recommend a Paloma! This is my current favourite drink and it's so easy to make!
This is how I make it and it usually serves 2:
2.5 oz tequila
1 cup of grapefruit juice (fresh or store-bought)
1 can of club soda
1 lime juiced
lime wedge for garnish
salt for the rim of the glasses (cayenne pepper can be added for a spicy twist)
Salt the rim of the glass, add lots of crushed ice. Pour all ingredients into the glasses, mix and serve with a lime wedge. Easy and delicious but definitely on the more bitter side.
3. A Salsa Workout
For everyone trying to stay in shape at home try out StepFlix's Salsa Cardio Workout on youtube. My family is a little obsessed with salsa dancing and it's a lot of fun to put on music and practice your steps at home.
4. Mexican Movie Marathon
For that lowkey Cinco de Mayo night, try watching movies that celebrate Mexican culture, artists or actors. You can check out suggestions on Prime or Netflix, or watch one of my favourite movies - Coco.
5. Sweet Treats
If you're getting tired of making banana bread or chocolate chip cookies, maybe this is the perfect time to try out Disneyworld's famous churro recipe or try your hand at a delicious flan dessert! I've been contemplating making both of these recently so maybe now's the perfect time to try them out.
Let me know if you're doing anything festive at home!
Hasta la vista,