Can you guys believe it—next month is Cinco de Mayo?! Usually I’m not one to think about the holidays too far in advance, but a few weeks ago, I came across some pictures from a Cinco de Mayo birthday party we had years ago when I first moved to Chicago. It was so much fun, so I decided that I wanted to do some sort of party this year to celebrate! In Texas, where I’m from, Tex-Mex and margaritas are just a part of life and I miss those things now that I live in Chicago. Sure, Chicago has a fair amount of Mexican restaurants, but if I’m being honest, it’s just not the same.
So, I figured, Cinco de Mayo would be the perfect excuse to throw a party where we make our own margaritas and tacos! I don’t want to brag, but I make a pretty mean taco. I’ve had lots of practice over the years and feel pretty confident in that area, but margaritas? I was clueless. One thing I did know, was that I needed good, quality tequila, because bad tequila, means you’re gonna get a bad margarita. So, I started with the best—Patrón.
Another thing I learned in Texas, is that margaritas come in all shapes and sizes—spicy, sweet, fruit-spiked, citrusy and more! There’s so many varieties that everyone can find at least one margarita recipe they love! I hoped over to Patrón’s site for some inspiration and decided on this Coralina Margarita, one of their 7 recipes up for the Margarita of the Year. It was a tough call because they all look pretty tasty! You can find the rest of the recipes here and even vote for your favorite on social media for a chance to help name the Margarita of the Year. No matter which one wins, they’re all delicious!
This Coralina Margarita reminds me a bit of sangria because the recipe includes red wine and citrus flavors, which take me straight back to my study abroad days in Madrid. This margarita is simple to make and doesn’t require too many ingredients (love that!). I’m usually not a big salt-rim girl, but don’t skip it in this one, it adds a nice salty sweet punch to the drink!
One of my number one tips for parties is keeping it simple. Instead of assembling everyone’s tacos myself and serving them at once, I like setting up a taco bar, so guests can serve themselves as they please and fix their tacos just how they like them. That also leaves Rob and I free to whip up margaritas for everyone! I find that throwing parties this way, instead of having a sit down dinner, is more social and tends to keep the party going on for longer—never a bad idea, right?!
Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tacos and margaritas? What’s your go-to margarita recipe and your favorite type of taco?
- 1 3/4 oz Patrón Reposado
- 3/4 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
- 3/4 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz Red Wine (Mexican, or other)
- sugar-salt rim*
- In a shaker, combine, Patrón Reposado, Patrón Citrónge Orange, simple syrup and fresh lime juice. Top with ice and shake. Strain and pour into a sugar-salt rimmed glass. Float red wine on top.
- Pulverize .25 cup dried hibiscus in a spice grinder. Add .25 cup sugar and .25 cup kosher salt and pulse until combined.
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