A Cinco de Mayo Celebration
How to create a sweet Cinco de Mayo Celebration by adding some authentic tastes of Mexico with Jarritos, Churros, and Cafe Ole’.
I am so glad you are able to join us for our Cinco De Mayo celebration. Today we are creating a fiesta with Jarritos, Churros and after dinner Cafe Ole’s. These are great ways to spice up your basic Taco Tuesday menu and add a little spark to step up our game.
I am sure I do not have to tell you about my infinite love of icy cold Margarita’s, and the fact that Mexican is one of my favorite cuisines. Honestly, I really love all the bright and festive colors that go along with a Cinco de Mayo celebration. To me it absolutely feels like a party, without even trying hard to decorate. Simply by having all the bold and beautiful colors of the rainbow represented in one theme. My original vision for this Mexican Fiesta started off with my authentic Mexican blankets. They were brought back from our beach side vow renewal, trip to Mexico about 11 years ago. Then I quickly realized, um I did not want to spill food all over them (aka salsa) since they might be tricky to get cleaned properly. So, I opted to find something less sentimental, in a similar color pattern and save the blankets for snuggling by the fire. I ran across this great multi colored rag rug at HomeGoods which gave a nice thick texture to the table top.The next layers came easy, I love the look of galvanized metal especially for outdoor patio parties. So, I layered the galvanized chargers I got last year at Hobby Lobby with these fun, brightly colored plates, I found at the Dollar Tree. I thought that these plates resembled Fiestaware, but I am not going to be heartbroken if one gets dropped or broken outside. I decided to accent my new blue, outdoor patio cushions with a bright blue napkin. This really makes the blue ring of the dish ware pop. Especially since the plates are predominantly red and orange, perfect for Cinco De Mayo.
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While shopping the Summer Party Section of Dollar Tree, I noticed they also had this fun matching glassware too, which I decided to pick up as water glasses for the table. I was not planning on even having glasses but my husband pointed out that one can not live on Jarritos and Margarita’s alone….. really? I guess they will make a festive addition for summer patio grilling this year and the price was right. Keeping with the theme I added a personal sized galvanized bucket for my homemade Guacamole per place setting. This keeping double dipping to a minimum and if you like to add jalapeños or sour cream to yours you can. Then a set out a big basket with plenty of chips, salsa and tortillas for supplement.
- 2 large Avocados ripe
- 1 Garlic Clove fresh, minced
- 1/2 medium Vidalia Onion minced
- 1/2 Jalapeno Pepper minced
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Penzeys Seasoned Salt
- 1 Lime zested. juiced
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Sour Cream
- 1 tbsp Cilantro minced, optional
- Use a mortar and pedestal to mush the onion, jalapeno and garlic into a paste.
- Peel avocados, remove seed and mash with potato masher until smooth.
- Stir in onion/garlic paste and remaining spices and lime zest.
- Add lime juice and sour cream.
- Fold in tomato so they stay whole. Top with extra cilantro leaves or jalapeno for garnish.
Since we are grilling fajitas on the Big Green Egg, I wanted to make sure that our guests would have plenty to snack on while the meat, onions and peppers would be grilling. You may also have noticed that in lieu of a flower arrangement I decided to make a centerpiece of churros. An edible centerpiece, I mean, why not? It is festive and are another great snack to munch on while grilling and waiting on dinner. Another great recipe I have is my Churro Waffles, perfect if you are doing a brunch. Designer Tip: If I am being completely honest here, I had the best of intentions of adding a few handmade tissue paper flowers to the churros arrangement, but I just ran out of time. So I am not too proud to offer up this idea to you guys for your celebration. Since mine are still just tissue paper packets located in the bat cave, in my office lol. In addition to all the standard Cinco de Mayo drink selections I want to mix things up a little bit and offer a authentic soda from Mexico. I personally love the Pineapple flavor, but they are all great. For a little added celebration you can offer them with a sidecar of tequila, that can be poured directly into the the bottle or taken as a shot. As the fajitas come fresh off the grill your guests have the option to make traditional fajitas, nacho style fajitas, healthy so-cal options like a fajita salad. It is all up to your guests on how they choose to put the ingredients together.
As you can see Ron opted for the traditional fajitas, with a flour tortilla and all the fixings, except for lettuce as pointed out by his cousin. I mean other than the guacamole and peppers there is nothing green on there, LOL! I guess this more of the Paleo version above.
Let’s not forget the final course of your fiesta before you siesta, dessert. I decide to feature the churros, for dipping into a Cafe Ole’ nightcap. I call this my Mexican version of coffee and donuts, lol. Honestly since Margarita’s are kind of a given for Cinco De Mayo, I wanted to offer up something a little more unique.I came up with this fun recipe which is a spin on a traditional Cafe Au Lait, for Cinco De Mayo. When making a traditional Cafe Au Lait, strong French pressed coffee, is used. Then steamed milk is then added, it differs from a Caffè Latte, which uses espresso as a base. Let me say I adore coffee from a french press, and would chose to make it every day if I had the time.We added a shot of William Wolf Coffee Whiskey to the brew. Then topped it with fresh made whipped cream, cinnamon, and a tasty espresso bean to garnish the drink. Served with warm churros and optional dipping sauces of caramel, fudge or cinnamon flavored whip cream. Ole’!
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