Next Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and people in Dallas love to celebrate with margaritas and cerveza, that is just part of it though. In fact, many people do not even know what this Mexican holiday is really all about.
So, let’s start there and then we will tell you how to get your Cinco de Mayo party on.
The holiday is not a celebration of Mexican Independence like many believe, nope, actually it is a Mexican holiday that celebrates a failed French invasion. The invasion occurred when a struggling Mexico defaulted on payments owed to the European governments. Turns out the Mexican Army won anyway, it was called the Battle of Puebla and it happened on May 5, 1862.
Locally, Cinco de Mayo is a good time for residents to celebrate the Mexican American culture. Now, you can add some knowledge about the holiday to your discussion as you order another round.
Cinco de Mayo in Dallas
Cinco de Mayo might just be Dallas’ favorite drinking holiday so here’s a list of places to kick back and feel the May 5 vibe.
Scout is the most recent concept to open within Downtown’s Statler hotel and it will host a weekend-long Cinco de Mayo celebration titled Cinco de Statler. Each night will feature a rotation of live entertainment and notable DJ’s along with passed shots from Uno Por Favor tequila. The holiday would not be complete without a margarita and beverage director Kyle Hilla has risen to the occasion with plans to offer three, off-menu cocktails at Scout. Hilla has crafted a Simple Margarita, Passionfruit Margarita and Hibiscus Margarita all to be offered for $10 throughout the weekend.
Harlowe MXM a Deep Ellum newcomer is offering a specially crafted Cinco de Mayo cocktail named the Dusk till Dawn that will be served, from dusk till dawn that day. The cocktail, curated by veteran barman Alex Fletcher, combines Tequila, Fresh Watermelon, Serrano Peppers, Lime Juice and Agave Nectar topped with Tajin Seasoning. The Dusk till Dawn will be offered all day for $7.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse in the West End will offer a variety of specials for Cinco de Mayo like Tex-Mex, a clean and simple iteration on the classic margarita, combining Jalapeno-Infused Y.O. Tequila Blanco, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice and Club Soda and served with a festive, tri-color ice cube.
RJ Mexican Cuisine is an authentic Mexican concept located in the heart of Dallas’ West End. RJ Mexican Cuisine, will boast a special margarita and meal for Cinco de Maya. A Mexican Flag Margarita, reminiscent of the Mexican Flag, complete with red, white and green in three individual layers. This margarita is a blend of frozen strawberries, tequila, pineapple juice, coconut cream, white rum and Midori.
Ten 50 BBQ will offer Cinco de Mayo fans margaritas for only $5 all day on May 5. Specialty margaritas include the Ten50 Margarita made with Sauza Blue Tequila, Orange Curacao, Ten50’s sweet & sour mix and a splash of lime, the Mango Margarita with Patron Silver Tequila, Cointreau, fresh mangos, basil and Ten50’s very own sweet & sour mix. For something savory, Ten50 also boasts a Three Alarm Margarita made with Herradura Silber Tequila, jalapeno, habanero, serrano syrup, Cointreau, Ten50’s sweet & sour mix with a splash of lime.
If you really want to celebrate head to Mexico
Tequila… the Place: With Cinco de Mayo coming up and margaritas on the mind, we can’t seem to stop thinking about Tequila. But not only the delicious spirit—the place! Many don’t know Tequila is a Denomination of Origin (DOO) product and can only be produced in five states in Mexico. The most well-known of these Tequila producing regions is Jalisco, where Tequila Valley is nestled between Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara.
The Tequila Valley, and specifically the town of Tequila, is experiencing a new wave of exploration, as more and more people are taking their love of Tequila to new heights and visiting the actual place.
So, this year when you think about that tequila in your Margarita on Cinco de Mayo, consider the origin of the drink or head down south for a visit. And when you visit Tequila visit Amatitán, the birthplace of Tequila, and stop in at Tres Agaves’ new distillery, which sits on sprawling 39 acres of agave.
How to Mix up a Few of Your Own Cinco de Mayo Drinks
According to the ‘Most Interesting Man In the World’ Jonathan Goldsmith his tips for entertaining for Cinco de Mayo begins with a margarita.
“Obviously, you’ll need Astral Tequila. I love the taste of tequila, so I tend to drink it straight with a chunk of lime on the rocks. But in margaritas, I like an interesting lemonade with orange juice and sometimes with the addition of cranberry juice or some muddled watermelon, blackberries, or blueberries. I like a fruity margarita,” he says. “You’ll also need plenty of ice, mixes, and of course – good Mexican food. I like enchiladas, ceviche, and a very good guacamole.”
And while you are thinking of mixing that Astral Tequila, think about these two Astralogy recipes for a Cinco de Mayo highlight. These recipes favor the Gemini and Capricorn Cinco de Mayo drink, but you can find a recipe for any zodiac sign.
1.5 oz Astral Tequila
½ oz Lime Juice
2 oz Sparkling Water
2oz Astral Tequila
1oz Lime juice
.75oz Simple syrup
Strawberry and basil
(Copper mug or rocks glass)
Muddle strawberries and basil, add all ingredients
and add ice. Give quick stir with spoon and garnish
with lime wheel.