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Rita Cook – Guest Contributor
May 1 @ 09:00
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Next Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and people in Dallas love to celebrate with margaritas and cervezas, but that's just where the fun begins. First, let's take a look at the history of this holiday. Then we'll share some ways to embrace this holiday in the DFW area. 

The holiday is not a celebration of Mexican Independence like many believe but actually a Mexican holiday that celebrates a failed French invasion. The invasion occurred when a struggling Mexico defaulted on payments owed to the European governments. The Mexican army won on May 5, 1862, and the event was called the Battle of Puebla. 

In today's society, Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity for residents to celebrate the Mexican American culture. Now, you can add some knowledge about the holiday to your discussion as you order another round.

Cinco de Mayo in Dallas

While we recognize the cultural and historical significance of Cinco de Mayo, we can't ignore the tempting specials and drinks being offered by local places. Here are some of the best you need to check out on May 5. 

Scout is the most recent concept to open within Downtown’s Statler hotel and it will host a weekend-long Cinco de Mayo celebration titled Cinco de Statler. Each night will feature a rotation of live entertainment and notable DJ’s along with shots of Uno Por Favor tequila. The holiday would not be complete without a margarita, and beverage director Kyle Hilla has risen to the occasion with plans to offer three off-menu cocktails at Scout. Hilla has crafted a Simple Margarita, Passionfruit Margarita and Hibiscus Margarita all to be offered for $10 throughout the weekend.

Harlowe MXM a Deep Ellum newcomer is offering a specially crafted Cinco de Mayo cocktail named the Dusk till Dawn that will be served at exactly that time. The cocktail, curated by veteran barman Alex Fletcher, combines Tequila, Fresh Watermelon, Serrano Peppers, Lime Juice and Agave Nectar topped with Tajin Seasoning. The Dusk till Dawn will be offered all day for $7.

Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse in the West End will offer a variety of specials for Cinco de Mayo like Tex-Mex, a clean and simple iteration on the classic margarita, combining Jalapeno-Infused Y.O. Tequila Blanco, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice and Club Soda and served with a festive, tri-color ice cube.

RJ Mexican Cuisine is an authentic Mexican concept located in the heart of Dallas’ West End. RJ Mexican Cuisine will boast a special margarita and meal for Cinco de Mayo. A Mexican Flag Margarita, reminiscent of the Mexican Flag, complete with red, white and green in three individual layers. This margarita is a blend of frozen strawberries, tequila, pineapple juice, coconut cream, white rum and Midori.

Ten 50 BBQ will offer Cinco de Mayo fans margaritas for only $5 all day on May 5. Specialty margaritas include the Ten50 Margarita made with Sauza Blue Tequila, Orange Curacao, Ten50’s sweet & sour mix and a splash of lime, the Mango Margarita with Patron Silver Tequila, Cointreau, fresh mangos, basil and Ten50’s very own sweet & sour mix. For something savory, Ten50 also boasts a Three Alarm Margarita made with Herradura Silber Tequila, jalapeno, habanero, serrano syrup, Cointreau, Ten50’s sweet & sour mix with a splash of lime.

How to Mix Up a Few of Your Own Cinco de Mayo Drinks

According to the ‘Most Interesting Man In the World’ Jonathan Goldsmith his tips for entertaining for Cinco de Mayo begins with a margarita.

“Obviously, you’ll need Astral Tequila. I love the taste of tequila, so I tend to drink it straight with a chunk of lime on the rocks. But in margaritas, I like an interesting lemonade with orange juice and sometimes with the addition of cranberry juice or some muddled watermelon, blackberries, or blueberries. I like a fruity margarita,” he says. “You’ll also need plenty of ice, mixes, and of course – good Mexican food. I like enchiladas, ceviche, and a very good guacamole.”

And while you are thinking of mixing that Astral Tequila, think about these two Astralogy recipes for a Cinco de Mayo highlight. These recipes favor the Gemini and Capricorn Cinco de Mayo drink, but you can find a recipe for any zodiac sign.

Gemini

1.5 oz Astral Tequila

½ oz Lime Juice

2 oz Sparkling Water

Cucumber Slices

(ROCKS GLASS)

Capricorn

2oz Astral Tequila

1oz Lime juice

.75oz Simple syrup

Strawberry and basil

Ginger beer

(Copper mug or rocks glass)

Muddle strawberries and basil, add all ingredients and add ice. Give a quick stir with spoon and garnish with lime wheel.