Next week is Cinco de Mayo...a minor holiday in Mexico but one that we Americans sure love to celebrate. Of course, you know the classics that typically make up a Cinco spread - margaritas, guacamole, and such. I love the old Tex-Mex faves, but if you’re looking to take a slightly more chic approach, here are some suggestions:
La Malinche. This cocktail is concocted by North Shore Distillery in Lake Bluff, IL and is made from their limited edition Mole Poblano spirit (still available in stores!). This cocktail is light, and has just a kiss of spice at the end.
2 oz Mole Poblano
1 oz Cointreau
Splash of Fresh Lime Juice
Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with lime.
Margarita gelées. If you can't get the Mole Poblano spirit where you live, try this creative twist on margaritas! I made them once and they were a hit. If you decide to serve them but still want to do margarita drinks, consider serving flavored margaritas, for variety.
3/4 c tequilla
1/2 c Cointreau (triple sec)
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
6 oz can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 c boiling water
Mix tequilla and Cointreau in large glass bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over mixture and let stand 1 minute. Add limeade and 2 cups boiling water, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Pour into a 9 inch square pan and chill 8 hours, or until set. Cut into squares, garnish with lime rind or supreme. Arrange on platter with salt in the middle, for dipping.
Jicama salad Cool and refreshing! Jicama gives it a great crunch. Pictured above, top right.
Chicken mole tostadas Sophisticated nachos! Pictured above, bottom right.
Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Salsa Verde Yes, it's a taco, but they don't serve these at fast-food taco places... Pictured above, middle left
Guava-Cucumber Mousse This surprising dish is a great palate cleanser. Pictured above, top left.
Tres Leches Cupcakes An adorable take on a Mexican favorite. Pictured above, bottom left.