Getting ready for The Big One: Cinco de Mayo

by Shawnda on April 27, 2012

in Cinco de Mayo,Menus,Mexican & TexMex

Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Who else has tequila and limes at the top of their weekend shopping list? Since Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday this year (woohoo!), I’m preparing for a big weekend. I’ve already stocked the freezer with 3 jars full of lime juice for next weekend’s festivities.

We’re mashing together a pool party with our Cinco celebration. Because what sounds like a better idea than drinking and swimming in a pool with no lifeguard on duty? I’m still hammering out the final details on our menu, leaning toward things that I can prep ahead of time (or at least do most of the prep work) and is easy to serve rewarmed or at room temp. I know there will be queso, guacamole, and plenty of margaritas.

I probably don’t need anything else :)

Looking for ideas for your Cinco weekend celebrations? Check out my Cinco de Mayo tag for 60+ TexMex and Mexican-inspired recipes. Or scroll down for a few of our very favorite recipes! Next week, we’ll be sharing recipes for two fun margaritas and fish tacos with an amazing cantaloupe salsa.


Classic Lime Margaritas (and Homemade Margarita Mix)
Guanabana Margaritas
Grapefruit Margaritas
Blood Orange Margaritas
Jalapeno Cucumber Margaritas
Cranberry Margaritas
Raspberry Margaritas
Blackberry Margaritas
Guava Margaritas
Frozen Mango Margaritas
Pineapple Margaritas


Cinco de Mayo Appetizers

Grilled Oysters with Pico de Gallo
Restaurant-Style Queso Blanco
Peach Salsa
Pineapple Salsa


Cinco de Mayo Sides

Mexican Quinoa
Texas Tortilla Soup
Pinto Beans
Homemade Tortillas


Cinco de Mayo Entrees

Grilled Chicken & Avocado Quesadillas
Chicken, Roasted Poblano and Corn Quesadillas
Green Chicken Enchiladas

Beef Fajitas
Brie & Brisket Quesadillas
Grilled Steak Tacos
Grapefruit Marinated Fajitas
Taco Pizza

Tacos al Pastor

Fish Tacos with Cantaloupe Salsa
Fish Tacos with Grapefruit Avocado Salsa
Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Mayo and Margarita Slaw
Gulf Coast Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa


Margarita Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes (from scratch)
Margarita Popsicles
Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies
Margarita-Glazed Madeleines
Margarita Cupcakes (using a boxed mix)

Need even more ideas? Click over and check out the Cinco-ready recipes from some of my favorite fellow Mexican food and margarita lovers:
Pink Parsley
Elly Says Opa
My Life as a Mrs
Smells Like Home


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats April 27, 2012 at 1:28 am

ooh! Im so excited now! My birthday is May 3rd…so we were going to turn it into a double celebration on Saturday!! You’re numerous options have won me over! Its very likely that I will have something from each category to serve up! Yay!! (Gorgeous photos by the way! So bright and vibrant!!)


2 Katrina April 27, 2012 at 5:14 am

Goodness, there are so many yummy recipes here. I’m in love!


3 Krissy@DaintyChef April 27, 2012 at 5:23 am

Oh my gosh, I am so freakin’ excited for next weekend! I am having a fiesta as well! I just finished up my menu so now the 5th just needs to get here.


4 Liz @ Blog is the New Black April 27, 2012 at 5:25 am

I’m coming to your house for cinco de mayo!


5 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 27, 2012 at 6:21 am

Any excuse for a tasty party right? :)


6 tina @ mylifeasamrs April 27, 2012 at 7:05 am

Cinco de Mayo…. my favorite holiday!!!! Preparations for our annual “Cinco de Wiley” celebration are in full force… I was a little stumped on the menu b/c I try to change it up every year to keep our friends guessing, but you’ve given me some new inspiration!! Too bad we don’t live in the same city – we could throw one killer party together! ;)


7 Kitchen Mommy April 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

This is a post to bookmark and then use for a year’s worth of Mexican- / Tex-Mex- themed celebrations. Love it!


8 Annie April 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

As you know, I’ve been waiting for that pineapple recipe for almost a year! Cannot wait.


9 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm

What a fun bunch of margarita recipes! I didn’t realize you had so many. I’ve got to replenish my tequila and get going on some of these! I’ve tried your blood orange and jalapeno-cucumber varieties already… both fabulous!


10 Rosemary @ Cosmic Goddess Empowerments April 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Wahoo! Yummy, thank you for sharing them all with us.


11 Joanne April 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I’ve been eating tex-mex inspired food nonstop lately and, not gonna lie…I blame you for it. And by blame I mean thank eternally. :P


12 Margarita April 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

That Texas tortilla soup looks really good.


13 Debra Kapellakis April 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

WOW! This is an amazing collection!


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