The Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Party Menu

Braised beef tacos
Photo by Katrin Bjork

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Time to bust out the limes! The Mexican fiesta (which does not, in fact, celebrate Mexican Independence Day, which is Sept. 16) is the perfect excuse to hang with friends for an afternoon of revelry, libations and tacos. Lots of tacos.

Stick close to home this year with our flavor-driven hosting guide to Cinco. Because margaritas made with corn syrup-laden sour mixes are a major bummer, we offer grown-up interpretations of (and alternatives to) the Tequila-driven bevvie. Along with wine selections that pair perfectly with Mexican food, try our favorite recipes for braised beef tacos, chef-inspired handmade tortillas and a traditional pepita sauce to bring it all together. Finally, get the scoop on Mexico’s booming south-of-the-border wine region, while a handful of artful, high-end Tequilas will have you throwing back shots after a hearty salud! 

Your Pairing Guide to Traditional Mexican Food, Plus Sommelier Tips and Recipes

A Crowd-Pleasing Braised Beef Taco How To

The Only Tortilla Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Steps for Making a Traditional Pepita Cinco de Mayo Sauce

7 Inventive Tequila Cocktail Recipes

Your Travel Guide to Mexico’s Stunning Wine Country 

The Recipe for Margarita’s Sassy Cousin, La Paloma

Celebrate the Derby and Cinco de Mayo with a Tasty Cocktail

6 Artful, High-End Tequilas Worth Splurging On

Published on May 1, 2015
Topics: Cinco de MayoCocktail RecipesTequila