Cinco de Mayo Sides and Libations

Posted on: Monday, May 5, 2014

For one of my favorite May holidays, I love to gather a group of friends, encourage everyone to practice their Spanish and celebrate Cinco de Mayo over some appetizers and Margaritas.


The menu stars bright, vibrant dishes with a bit of heat. I make sure to showcase ripe avocados, sweet mangos and often some kind of seafood. For a needed crispy element, I also add fried plantains (tostones) which are common snacks in many Latin countries.


Everyone has their own preferred Margarita recipe, but Marni and I always follow our mom’s technique. She likes her margs not too sweet, with a focus on good tequila, cointreau/triple sec, and citrus. She never makes hers frozen, only on the rocks and drizzles a little agave syrup if need be. ¡Salud! 
 Spicy Grilled Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado and Mango Dip
Mango Salsa
Grilled Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo, Spicy Lime Crema and Avocado
Fireworks Salad 

Dessert? A piƱata full of candy is only appropriate.


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