Your Guide to Cinco de Mayo 2020 at home

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While Cinco de Mayo officially celebrates the 1862 Mexican army’s victory over the French, it’s become a holiday that people across the world celebrate. Typically, most people would spend the day eating at Mexican restaurants, downing margaritas and throwing parties — but in these unprecedented times, we’re having to adjust how we celebrate.

Luckily, there are so many virtual Cinco de Mayo ideas you can use to have a fun fiesta at home this year. There are still ways to support your local Mexican-owned businesses, have fun with friends and loved ones and — of course — eat and drink your heart out. Cinco de Mayo looks a little different in 2020, but we’re still ready to celebrate.

Now that most of us have more time at home, this is the perfect year to actually lean into some Mexican traditions.

Holidays are meant to bring people together, so let’s do that with Cinco de Mayo this year. To help you have a fun celebration at home, we rounded up some easy Cinco de Mayo recipes to share with your friends and family on Zoom.

Colibrí Rubi Tea

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
2 oz. Hibiscus Tea
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
Strawberry Halves for Garnish

Preparation

Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, hibiscus tea, lime juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake gently.

Strain contents into a Collins glass over fresh ice and garnish with half a strawberry

Cincoro Margarita

2 oz Cincoro Blanco Tequila

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz Cointreau

¼ oz Agave Nectar

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a Double Old-Fashioned glass.

Garnish: Lime Wheel

Cincoro Paloma

2 oz Cincoro Reposado Tequila

2 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice

¼ Fresh Lime Juice

¼ oz Light Agave Nectar

Top splash with Club Soda

Method: Shake all ingredients except the club soda with ice and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass.

Garnish: Grapefruit wheel

Cincoro Old Fashioned

2 ½ oz Cincoro Anejo Tequila

½ oz Light Agave Nectar

3 dashes of Angostura® Bitters

Method: Pour ingredients into a mixing glass, stir and strain directly in a Rocks glass over ice.

Garnish: Orange swath and Maraschino cherry

The Mango Margarita

Ingredients

1 oz Cointreau

2 oz mezcal

1 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz mango juice

Directions

Add all ingredients to a shake along with 1–2 grinds of black pepper. Add ice and shake. Fine strain over ice into a chile lime seasoning-salted* rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and/or pineapple frond.

1:1 chili lime seasoning to salt (optional)

Berry Margarita

Ingredients

1 oz Cointreau

1.5 oz blanco tequila

0.75 oz fresh lime juice

4 fresh blackberries

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a blackberry.

Camarena Margarita

2 parts Camarena Silver

.75 parts Simple Syrup/Agave Nectar

.75 parts Lime Juice

.5 parts Triple Sec

Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Camarena Paloma

2 parts Camarena Silver

4 parts Grapefruit Soda

.5 parts Lime Juice

Pinch of salt

Add ingredients into a Collins glass filled with ice and stir together to combine. Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint.

Chivas Regal Hot Pink Paloma

1.5 oz Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

.5 oz lime juice

.5 oz Prickly Pear Puree

4 oz grapefruit soda

Build in a glass. Stir.

Serve on the rocks in a collins glass.

Garnish with grapefruit peel.

Jalisco Express

2 parts Tres Agaves Organic Blanco Tequila

¾ parts Tres Agaves Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar

¾ parts Lime Juice

1 slice of Jalapeno (no seeds)

2 Cucumber Slices

Pinch of basil (6–8 small leaves)

Tajín Rim (Optional)

Directions: Place basil first, then Jalapeno and cucumber slices in shaker; add agave syrup and muddle. Add in rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake, double strain and serve over ice. Rim glass with Tajín or salt.

Tres Agaves Strawberrita

2 oz Tres Agaves Organic Blanco Tequila

3 oz Tres Agaves Organic Strawberry Margarita Mix

Fresh lime wheel or strawberries for garnish

Directions: Shake with ice, taste for balance and pour over fresh ice. Add a squeeze of fresh lime and fresh strawberries for garnish.

Cinco de Mayo Virtual Tasting

Maryland-based winery, Big Cork Vineyards will be partnering with Top Chef’s All-Star Finalist, Bryan Voltaggio for a Cinco de Mayo themed virtual tasting!

With people looking for ways to celebrate the holiday at home this year, Big Cork Vineyards is thrilled to showcase Bryan’s go-to Mexican recipes paired with Big Cork Vineyard wines to recreate the perfect at home fiesta! See below for details.

WHO: Big Cork Vineyards & Bryan Voltaggio

WHAT: Cinco de Mayo Virtual Tasting with Top Chef’s Bryan Voltaggio & Big Cork Vineyards

WHEN: Tuesday, May 5th at 7:30PM EST

WHERE: Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83887487275?pwd=ZlFEWmhiY3lZSkFZR1JYQVlNMjRwZz09

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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