Cinco de Mayo

Libations and tasty treats to help kick-start your fiesta.

While the true story behind Cinco de Mayo still escapes some, many people take advantage of this day to celebrate. Tequila, beer and all things Mexican are enjoyed to their fullest extent on this day. Here are some tips and suggestions to help your fiesta.

The Margarita King is a blend of blue agave tequila, orange liqueur, lemon and lime juices all in one bottle. For those who like the no muss, no fuss approach to cocktail mixing, this is the product for you. Just toss in a blender with some ice and you're ready to start celebrating. The Margarita King is sold in stores in New York, California, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia or online at

If you like to sip your tequila straight, make your own margaritas or want something a bit different, try our list of intriguing Tequilas and Mescals compiled by Wine Enthusiast Spirits Director F. Paul Pacult. Also included is a detailed description of what spirit each really is and the difference between them. Pacult says, "Even though Tequila and mescal both come from agave plants, they're miles apart in character. Kind of similar to how many brandy lovers view Cognac and Armagnac."

For a high-end margarita, try the Margarita Orendain.


In the beer department, instead of the tired Corona, grab this unique beer from Rogue brewery in Portland, OR. Chipotle Ale. It's made from a selection of malts and hops, with smoked Jalapeno peppers (Chipotle) thrown in, with a distinct smoky flavor similar to roasted salsas. Deep amber in color, the pepper adds nice spice to the beer, making it an ideal accompaniment to the following salsa.

You'll need something in your stomach to sustain you through your celebrating. Grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and serve with Spicy Black Bean Corn Salsa

Margarita Orendain
Recipe courtesy of

1-1/2 oz. Don Eduardo Silver
1/2 oz. ime juice
3/4 oz. orange liqueur
1 Tbs simple syrup

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a salt-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

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Spicy Black Bean Corn Salsa


1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes with chilis, drained
1 can Mexican-style corn OR 1 cup thawed, frozen corn
juice of 1/2 lime (or to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbs chopped, fresh cilantro

Stir the beans, tomatoes and corn together in a bowl. Add lime juice, salt and pepper to desired taste. Sprinkle with Cilantro. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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However you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, be sure to have fun and be safe. Olé!

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