May
04

Five Friday: Fancy Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo Inspiration!

By CHARLOTTE MILLER 

Let the fiesta begin, Cinco de Mayo is finally here! Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican defeat of the French army in the Battle of Peubla on May 5th, 1862. A holiday that is seeped in history, pride, and camaraderie. It is the perfect inspiration for a bridal shower or rustic wedding. As you know— tequila, taco trucks, and margarita popsicles are  the perfect ingredients for good time.  Here are five fiesta inspirations to help you get the party started:

1. Poptails-Honeydew Cucumber Margarita Popsicles

Honeydew cucumber margarita popsicles are the perfect mix of popsicle and cocktail. Refreshing as well as easy to make, these “poptails” are a unique take on the classic margarita. {Makes five 2-and-1/4-oz. popsicles}

1 cup honeydew juice {approximately a whole melon weighing 1 lb.}
1/3 cup cucumber juice {approximately half a cucumber weighing 5 oz.}
½ cup tequila
1 tablespoon triple sec
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon mint simple syrup {recipe below}
3 large mint sprigs

{method}
Place the honeydew and cucumber in a food processor or a blender and process until everything is pureed. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and mint syrup and process for another 20-30 seconds to blend well. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.
Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

{mint syrup}
1/2 cup water
1/2 cups sugar
1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed

{method}
Place sugar and water in a pot over heat until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and place mint leaves in mixture and muddle. Allow mint leaves to steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard leaves.

2. Fiesta Inspired Tables

A rustic outdoor venue makes for the perfect backdrop for a Cinco de Mayo inspired event. Understated table décor with hints of Mexican flair ensure the party is classic and timeless. Centerpieces made of cacti placed in wood planter boxes are simply elegant and easy on the wallet!

3. Patron Shots and Mini Fish Tacos

No fiesta is complete without a taste or two Patron. Pair a shot of tequila with mini fish tacos for a truly knock out appetizer!

4. El Norteño Taco Truck

For a Cinco de Mayo infused party, a taco truck is a fun and festive alternative to hiring a caterer. El Norteño serves up traditional tacos {yes, with goat!} topped with salsa verde, onions, and cilantro. The magnificent mix of crunchy, spicy, and meaty. These tacos are an unbelievably delicious.

5. Paper Goods

Cut-paper or papel picado are a Mexican tradition. Juxtapose rustic décor with vibrant paper cutout decorations for a personal touch that costs very little dinero!

{no. 1} Photo and Recipe via Endless Simmer, Photos via {no. 2} {no. 3} {no.4} {no. 5}

 

Leah writes: 05/04/12 at 11:01 am

Lovely.

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