Cinco de Mayo !

Cinco de Mayo is a small regional holiday in the State of Puebla in Mexico and the truth is that in Mexico, most people do not even know what Cinco de Mayo is.  Over time, the Fifth of May has come to mean many things to different people.  To Americans of Mexican ancestry, it is  a cultural holiday, much like St Patrick’s Day for the Irish.  For others, it has become an important night of partying, also, much like St. Patrick’s Day.

Decorate with plenty of tissue paper flowers, add the colors of the flag of Mexico – green white and red, put on your sombreros and some Mexican folk music, salsa or mariachi music and join the fiestas!

Invitation Ideas – Cover page greeting suggestions – “No time for a Siesta, it’s time to Fiesta!”, “Margaritas & Fajitas!, “It’s Party Time, Amigos!” Inside, be sure to put the date, location, time, phone, RSVP date, dress code or costume suggestions.


Corn chips with salsa & queso, tacos, chili, fajitas, Margaritas, Daiquiris, cerveza, Mexican wines, Tia Maria, and, of course, lots of tequila!

Hanger Steak with Margarita Marinade

1 hanger steak, about 2 pounds

Zest and juice of 2 limes

1/2 cup tequila

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus additional for the grill


In a large bowl or casserole dish, whisk together the zest and juice of the limes, tequila, oil and a hefty pinch of salt. Add the meat to the marinade, toss to coat and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

To cook, preheat an outdoor grill or grill pan over high. Lightly brush the grill with a little oil and grill the steak until seared, 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium. Let the steak rest on a cutting board for a few minutes before slicing.

Serves 4.

Source: Rachael Ray

Margarita Bunt Cake

1 (18.25-ounce) package white or vanilla cake mix

1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

4 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2/3 cup water

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup tequila

2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur, such as triple sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau


1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon tequila

2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur

2 tablespoons lime juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, water, lime juice, 1/4 cup tequila and 2 tablespoons triple sec. Beat for 2 minutes.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove to rack and pour glaze over cake while still warm.

To make the glaze: In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar with 1 tablespoon tequila, 2 tablespoons triple sec and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Mix until smooth.

Serves 10.


Margarita Ice Cream

1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

6 large egg yolks

1 ¾ cups sweetened condensed milk

3 ½ ounces (7 tablespoons) tequila

2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur, such as triple sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau

Juice of 6 limes and zest of 1

Make a custard by heating the cream (do not boil) in a medium saucepan, whisking it very slowly into the egg yolks in a medium bowl, and then pouring the mixture back into the cleaned saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 4 minutes. (Again, do not let boil.) Pour mixture into a clean bowl and leave to cool a little, then stir in the condensed milk, tequila and orange-flavored liqueur, lime juice and zest and then cool completely. Pour into a container with a tight-fitting lid and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Serve in margarita glasses rimmed with sugar.

Serves 8.

Source: Nigella Lawson

Grill Margarita Shrimp

2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 cup tequila

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, minced

2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur, such as triple sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau

2 tablespoons lime juice

Combine all ingredients, except shrimp, in a medium bowl. Add shrimp, cover and marinate in refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes. Thread shrimp onto skewers and grill for 5 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove and serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6. Note: Shrimp, patted dry, can be sauteed.


Margarita Fruit Salad

Tequila orange liqueur dressing:

3 tablespoons tequila

3 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier)

3 tablespoons orange marmalade

Juice of 1 lime, approximately 2 tablespoons


4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

4 oranges, peeled, sectioned and cut in small pieces

1 small honeydew melon, rind and seeds removed, and cut in small pieces

1 small cantaloupe melon, rind and seeds removed and cut in small pieces

In a large bowl, mix together tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, orange marmalade and lime juice. Add strawberries, oranges, honeydew and cantaloupe. Stir to combine and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to allow the flavors to blend.

Serves 6.


Party Favor Ideas – Mini cactus plants, toy maracas, small clay pots with candy “Red Hots”, bouquet of red, green & white carnations or other plants that combine the colors of the Mexican flag.

Drink Recipes

Corona Margarita

* 6 ounces white or blanco tequila
* 12 ounces Corona
* 6 ounces frozen limeade concentrate
* Ice cubes to suit
* Lime flavored salt
* Lime wedge (optional)

Cover the rim of the glass with the salt.  Pour all ingredients into blender and blend well.  Pour it in a flashing margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Places to Go


On Wednesday, May 5th, join the fiesta at the all-new Mercadito Midtown Restaurant nearby downtown Miami.

This new hot-spot for quality, affordable Mexican fares will host a mega fiesta to celebrate the triumph of the Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo

Come check out live Mariachi music while sipping on ‘Vato Loco’ (a drink so hot a signed waiver is mandatory) for just $12 and tequila shots at $5 – all the while enjoying a sharing menu at $40.

Mercadito’s menus, using the freshest ingredients available and served in small sharing portions, embrace the sociable approach that has been a Mercadito seal. One of the main attractions at Mercadito Midtown is the “guacamole, salsa and ceviche bar,” where a variety of savory guacamoles ($8.50 – $12.50), mouth-watering ceviches ($10.50), and spicy salsas ($2.50 – $4.50), are made in-house while guests watch.

Signature guacamoles include avocados expertly blended with interesting ingredients such as: mango – jicama, chipotle, pico de gallo; mole poblano – plantain, mole poblano, chile Serrano, pico de gallo; and manzana – apple, tomatillo, almonds, habanero. Crispy chips accompany every order. Salsas, served with delicious corn bites, range from chipotle to cacahuate (peanuts).

Already a Miami favorite is Mercadito’s selection of mouth-watering tacos ($13.50) that come four to an order. These tasty delights include Chef Sandoval’s pescado tacos, made with pan seared tilapia, a bold chile poblano and tomatillo-garlic mojo, named “Best Fish Taco in New York City” by New York Magazine. Also designed to please palates, Mercadito’s signature estilo baja – beer battered mahi mahi, with coleslaw, drizzled with chipotle aioli; and pastor – succulent, chile-ancho rubbed pork, grilled pineapple, and chile de arbol salsa; one of the 11 different salsa varieties available.

Side dishes, para acompañar ($4.50 – $6.50), include arroz verde – green rice casserole with Oaxaca and manchego cheeses, a favorite among diners at Mercadito restaurants in New York and Chicago; elote Mexicano – Mexican style corn on the cob with lime mayonnaise and chile piquin, and rajas – mild roasted strips of poblano pepper and onion with hominy corn and crema fresca.

Here, seafood lovers can enjoy a variety of refreshing ceviches ($11.50 – $24.50). Stand-outs include camaron – shrimp, tangerine, roasted jalapeños, in a citrus-guajillo broth; callo de hacha – bay scallops, red apple, tomatillo pico de gallo, key lime-morita broth and mint; and, dorado – lime marinated mahi mahi, avocado and tomato, in a tangy orange-chile de arbol broth.

Botanas ($10.50) are a sumptuous collection of Mexican style appetizers such as tostadas de hongos – crispy corn tortillas, topped with wild mushrooms, pinto bean hash, manchego cheese, tomatillo salsa, and flavorful epazote crema fresca, and flautas – crispy tortillas filled with chicken barbacoa, served with black bean purée, tomatillo salsa and crema fresca. Meant to be shared with dining companions, and a perfect way to kick start any meal, is the queso fundido – baked Oaxaca and manchego cheeses served with a choice of wild mushrooms, rajas (roasted poblano strips), or chorizo.

A visit to Mercadito Midtown isn’t complete without a handcrafted margarita. Mercadito’s beverage program, created by Tippling Bros, (industry veterans and leading beverage experts, Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci), features a dizzying array of Mexican tequilas and creative takes on traditional Mexican cocktails, along with an assortment of beers. Diners can wash down bites with individually muddled fresh fruit margaritas made with 100% blue agave tequila such as the Little Market (tequila reposado, fresh pineapple, chile guajillo, cilantro), or the Smokey Pablo (cien años reposado, mango, chile morita, blueberry float), among others.


On Wednesday, May 5th 2010, come to Liv Nightclub at the fabulous Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach and celebrate Cinco de Mayo, late-night style, at the Dirty Sanchez party!

Featured DJs Ross One, Contra and Jessica Who will be busting the turn-tables until the early morning!

The party starts at 11pm, must be 21 and over of course! Early arrival is STRONGLY recommended due to limited space.

For more info or table reservations, send an email to


From the creators of Coconut Grove’s acclaimed Jaguar Ceviche Bar & Grill comes Talavera Cocina Mexicana – in the beautiful city of Coral Gables.

On Wednesday, May 5th 2010, Coral Gables’ newest Mexican restaurant will host a night that promises to be entertaining with live Mariachi’s performing authentic Mexican music at 6:30pm and also at 8pm.

Stop by Talavera Cocina Mexicana for that authentic regional flavor that just can’t be imitated. Amazing Mexican fares will be served alongside tasty Margaritas that will be flowing all night for this very special occasion.

On Wednesday, May 5th 2010, come out to the prestigious Raleigh South Beach Hotel, on Collins Avenue, to celebrate Miami’s 2010 Cinco de Mayo Festival and the hotel’s 70th Anniversary in style.

Bring your Sombrero down to Miami Beach and enjoy a live Mariachi band performing in the beautiful Oasis area of the Raleigh Hotel.

Drinks will be aplenty with $7 tequila shots and Margharitas, specialty cocktails and small bites.

All the fun and Mexican snacking begins at 5pm until 8pm.

Please note that parking on location will also cost you $7, so keep that in mind!

Dust off your Mexican sombrero and join the American Red Cross at John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on Wednesday, May 5th 2010  for some drinks and fine Irish fare from 5pm to 8pm.

Your $15 entrance fee includes a complementary drink and appetizers, and helps fund the vital programs of the American Red Cross in South Florida through the I’m 4 Red Cross series of events in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

You know the Red Cross is always ready to help our neighbors when they lose everything in a fire and that it helps train lifeguards who watch out for us at the beach and at the pool.

Now it’s your turn to help support the Red Cross while having a little fun with your friends and family.

By coming out to the “I’m 4 Red Cross” events in April, May and June, and snacking on decadent desserts at Kilwins and LA Sweets, joining friends for drinks at John Martin’s Irish Pub, or competing in a dominos tournament, your purchases and participation on selected days will help fund the vital programs of the Red Cross.

Dolores (but my friends call me…)Lolita

Senor Frogs and La Misma Gente Productions are coming to Dolores Lolita

to bring you a 12 hour non stop party featuring:

  • DJ’s Lenim + Willy
  • Live Mariachis
  • Specials on bottles all day/night
  • Complimentary tequila shots for ladies

Bottle Specials:
DON Q $150

Doors open at 5pm for complimentary admission until 10pm ladies no cover all day/night

Dolores lolita, 1000 South Miami Ave, Miami FL 33130



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2 responses to “Cinco de Mayo !

  1. Louis V. Martinez

    To Who It May Concern:
    We have an Annual Cinco de Mayo Festivity in our city every year for the past 28 years. This year 2011, will be our 29th year. We are looking for a poster design and maybe doing advertising outside of our community, within an fifty mile range. This year it will be held on the 14th of May do to the time slots that our Down town Dealors Association, DDA has given us. If you have Ideas on a Design for a poster. Please let me know if can assist in any way.
    Thank You,
    Louis V. Martinez
    President of The Latina Anglo Alliance Foundation in Grand Junction, Colorado 81501

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