Whether you are hosting a fiesta at home or entertaining customers at your restaurant, these five ways to celebrate will get you in the mood for a night of festive fun!
1. Host a trivia night with drinks and appetizers, and brush up on your history of Cinco de Mayo.
- The Reform War - From 1857-1861, Mexico was in a state of civil despair as conservatives and liberals fought against each other over the separation of church and state. Four years of the Reform War left resources severely depleted, forcing President Benito Juarez to declare bankruptcy. All foreign debt payments were postponed, and France and Britain were not pleased. This lead to the Battle of Puebla.
- La Batalla de Puebla - On May 5th, 1862, the French army arrived in Puebla to declare war on Mexico. Significantly outnumbering their enemies, the French expected an easy takeover. After three attempted attacks on the Mexican army, however, the French army was out of artillery and had lost over 400 soldiers. Mexico had succeeded. This victory created unity and a sense of bravery throughout Mexico, and President Benito Juarez declared Cinco de Mayo a national holiday.
- Cinco de Mayo - Today, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated mostly in Puebla and the United States, with the exception of a few other Mexican states. A reenactment of the Battle of Puebla is held each year in Puebla to commemorate the victory while many restaurants in the U.S. celebrate with margaritas, traditional Mexican food, and fiestas with friends.
2. Create a taco or fajita bar.
Offering your amigos a variety of toppings gives them the freedom to customize their own meal. We love these ingredients, but feel free to get creative and make it your own:
- Sour cream
- Mexican-style rice
- Pico de gallo
- Sauteed vegetables
2. Get creative in the kitchen.
The blue agave burrito from Blue Agave Mexican Grill (above) features three types of meat to satisfy all of your cravings. Try chicken, steak and shrimp for a deliciously cheesy meal or try different types of spicy sauteed vegetables for a fun, fiesta flavored dinner.
3. Whip up a mouth-watering margarita.
Try Blue Agave Mexican Grill's delightful yet simple house margarita recipe:
- Fresh squeezed juice (orange or grapefruit)
- Tequila (your choice)
- Organic Blue Agave syrup
Or mix it up with mango and pineapple.
4. Liven up your night with live entertainment.
Hire a Mariachi band for your restaurant or fiesta at home, but if live music isn't possible, create a Mexican-inspired playlist on Spotify to set the mood. The Southcenter Moctezuma's location is hosting a night of live entertainment with Movin' 92.5 92.5, so be sure to join them for their Primo Caddy Margaritas and exclusive cocktails!
5. Fiesta the night away.
Plenty of restaurant's offer Cinco de Mayo specials so make a night of it and go to several of your favorite restaurants! Some of our favorite restaurants in the area include:
¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!