Latin Twist: Cinco de Mayo Margaritas!


Margaritas                                         Roasted Jalapeño Mango Margarita and a Spanish Margarita

Mis amigos, margaritas are fun any time, but 5 de Mayo gives us the special “excuse” to honor our southern neighbor, and to play with our tequila!  Whether your going out, or celebrating at home, these Cinco de Mayo margaritas might just be what you you’d like to serve–and enjoy! Here I’ve collected my top five favorites. Four of them I’ve written about before in this very blog (and if you click on the titles, you’ll get to the recipes!); the last one, the Spanish margarita, is the latest and most colorful addition to this repertoire.

The Classic Margarita
Here, my friends, is the basic recipe. Actually, since I wrote this, I’ve changed it and now get most of the lime juice for the drink by muddling them with the sugar. The flavor is pretty similar, but I like the “look”of the limes in the glass, too!
The Frozen Lime Margarita
Frozen margaritas have a bit of a nostalgic component–at least for me! I think they used to be my favorite during a very specific period of time. These tequila smoothies are definitely refreshing on a steamy day!
The Orange Margarita
Last week I made these for the first time in a while and I was reminded of why I so enjoy the flavors of orange and lime together! This citrus marriage works so well in a margarita. And why wouldn’t it?!
The Roasted Jalapeño and Mango Margarita
Ah, this spicy margarita is a favorite of those who enjoy their drinks with spark! The sweetness of the mango blends quite nicely with the roasted jalapeño!
The Spanish Margarita
The colors and flavors of the Spanish Margarita are fun, festive, and tasty!  This one is very simple to make: simply prepare a classic margarita, and pour a bit of red sangría on the top.

By the way–you might ask, “what should I serve these with?” Well, you know the sky’s the limit, but here are some sample snack options.

Arlen’s Guacamole 
Some of you know this one already, but what makes this guacamole different from others are two things: toasted pecans and sweet red grapes. The contrast makes for a lovely balance of flavor and texture!
This light snack of toasted pumpkin seeds is great for munching on while sipping. It’s light, so you’ll need something more substantial, but they’re an easy and fun addition.
Not unlike Cinco de Mayo margaritas, tacos have a world of possibility! Here I’m sharing a few ideas and suggestions, but I’m sure you’ll have your own!

Whatever you decide to do on what promises to be a beautiful May day, enjoy! ¡Buen provecho!


About Author

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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