First, you'll want to plan for your celebratory cocktail. Of course, it must be a margarita. For me, it will be a classic margarita, on the rocks with salt on the rim.
|A Classic Margarita|
Donna's Classic Margarita
First, make your simple syrup by heating equal parts water and sugar together in a small pot over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stir to combine the sugar and water and remove from the heat to cool.
Squeeze limes to get the amount of lime juice you will need to make your drinks. Prepare your margarita glasses with salt on the rim, if desired. I run a wedge of lime along the rim and then dip the rim in kosher salt. If you want to be a little fancier, mix the zest of one lime with the salt and then dip the rim of your glass in the mixture. Set aside to dry.
Add the ice to a Boston Shaker. Then add Tequila, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, simple syrup and lime juice and shake until the shaker frosts. Pour the margarita and ice into the prepared glass. Serve and enjoy!
Next, you'll want some snacks to eat with your margarita. What is more classic than salsa and guacamole? My recipes for both salsa and guacamole are the best! I've tried others, but I keep going back to these. This salsa tastes more flavorful if you make it ahead of time. Make it on the weekend and it will be perfect for Thursday. Are you having a crowd of friends at your party? You'll love that this recipe makes enough addictive salsa to feed a crowd.
My Favorite Salsa
Makes more than 1 quart
|My Favorite Salsa|
- 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped fine
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon cumin
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine. Transfer half of the ingredients to a blender. Blend for a couple of seconds to reduce the chunks. Add the blended salsa back to the original bowl and stir to combine. Go ahead and taste it to be sure it has the level of spice and heat you like. You can add more of whatever you like. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
No self-respecting Cinco de Mayo celebration can happen without some guacamole to go with your tortilla chips. My guacamole recipe will produce a chunky, flavorful addition to your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop the avocado flesh from the shell and mash. In a bowl, combine the mashed avocado with the lime juice to keep the avocado a lovely, bright green. Remove the seeds from the jalapeño and chop fine. You won't want big pieces of jalapeño in your dip. Add the diced tomatoes, garlic, onion, jalapeño, chopped cilantro, and chilies to the avocado mixture. If you don't like cilantro, you can substitute fresh parsley, but you really need one or the other. It's all about the flavor! Stir to combine.
Add a couple dashes of tabasco, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Refrigerate your guacamole for a couple of hours before serving. The heat will intensify and the flavor only gets better as it chills in your refrigerator. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and watch your guacamole disappear.
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