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
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
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
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
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
1 oz Cointreau
2 oz mezcal
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz mango juice
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)
1 oz Cointreau
1.5 oz blanco tequila
0.75 oz fresh lime juice
4 fresh blackberries
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.
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.
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.
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
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