Right away when I hear Cinco de Mayo I think tequila, tacos, and technicolor. I know it's shallow and not really what Cinco de Mayo is about, however, I enjoy a good excuse for a party and what better reason to serve up great margaritas, food, and color saturated decor.
Last year, Courtney Cachet did a great story for the Huffington Post on throwing a last minute Cinco de Mayo Party. Her ideas can easily be carried over year after year and I'm sure Party City is filled with updated versions of last year's decor.
photo via Huffington Post
My favorite part of the celebration are the margaritas! There's nothing like a little tequila to keep a party going. Here are two simple margarita recipes courtesy of Aretsky's Patroon.
2 oz. Silver Tequila
1/2 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
If you like salt on the rim of the glass like I do be sure to run a lime along the edge of the glass and roll in salt. Put the rest of the ingredients with ice in a shaker and do your thing. Pour into glass and bottoms up!
If you're feeling confident about your mixology skills you can add 1/2 oz. of strawberry, edelflower, thyme puree to the above recipe for a twist on the traditional margarita.
You won't find any sombreros here but you can take advantage of drinking under the stars at Aretsky's Patroon Rooftop bar. Their ingredients are always made in-house and served with a smile. Not to mention the roof always attracts a good looking after work crowd.
Another one of my faves is El Toro Blanco in the West Village with over 100 tequilas to choose from. You must have the Guacamole which comes with the most amazing trio of salsas. Watch out one will burn a hole in your stomach but challenge yourself not to go in for a second time. Seriously, you can't not do it even though your eyes are watering and smoke it coming out your ears.
I also love Empellon and their amazing tacos. If you're planning on being seen at this well known spot you better saddle up next to the bar early otherwise, you'll find yourself on the curb looking into the window wishing you'd planned ahead. With that said if you don't have a ressie you probably won't be making it in! Trust me you won't be the only one trying to grab a table to get your hands on some of the meanest tacos in town.
Don't be upset if I didn't name your favorite spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. There are way too many places in NYC to name. These are just a few that I happen to love 365 days of the year! In case, you're wondering what you're celebrating check out the history of Cinco de Mayo here.