Cinco de Mayo Party Recipes

By Fabiana Santana


Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on May 5th, is the perfect holiday to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. We went straight to the source – Sauza Tequila –  to get the best tips and tricks to make your Cinco de Mayo theme party a hit!

Entertaining Tips and Recipes Perfect for your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Tip #1:            It’s all in the presentation – Wow your friends with a fabulous celebration by creating a fun watermelon punch bowl to hold your delicious margarita.  To begin, start with a seedless watermelon. Using a sharp knife, carefully trim the bottom to make it a flat surface. Next, cut off the top (about ¼ of the watermelon) and with a melon baller hollow out the flesh. Use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to scrape the inside walls of the watermelon clean. Fill with your favorite margarita recipe and enjoy!

Don’t forget to have the basics, like chips and dips out, too. Use a sombrero as a centerpiece and fill the rim with chips. Then, set out a variety of dips, like salsa and homemade guacamole for dipping. Instead of bowls, use margarita glasses for displaying the dips. Also, colorful jelly beans or candies can be put on display in margarita glasses on your tablescape for a bit of color. Finger foods like grilled chicken kabobs and shrimp make easy snacks for your guests to munch on throughout the event.

Tip #2:            The New Frozen Margarita – Create a fun spin on the frozen margarita by making delicious and refreshing popsicles.

·         2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         2 parts DeKuyper® 03 Premium Orange Liqueur
·         8 parts fresh squeezed lime juice (8-12 small limes, usually)
·         4 parts sugar
·         8 parts water
·         12 3-oz disposable paper cups
·         12 wooden popsicle sticks or spoons

Directions: Heat water and sugar in a small sauce pan until completely dissolved and the water is clear. Let cool. Pour into a pitcher with lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. Pour 5 tbsp of margarita into each cup. Place cups into a baking dish and put the dish in the freezer. After about 2 hours, start checking the popsicles. Once they’re frozen enough to support the wooden stick, insert a stick into each popsicle, pushing ¾ of the way into the popsicle. Let freeze several more hours or until completely frozen (or freeze overnight). To serve, peel the paper cup away from the popsicle, starting at the seam of the cup, and carefully remove the bottom.

Makes 12 popsicles.

Tip #3:            Feature signature cocktails – your party won’t be complete without signature cocktails to sip on throughout your fiesta! Of course, you have to have an original margarita on offer. Next up should be something flavored, like the pineapple chipotle margarita developed by Sauza.

·         8 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         12 parts light beer
·         8 parts frozen limeade
·         8 parts water
·         9 lime wedges (for garnish)

Preparation: In a pitcher filled with ice, combine Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila, limeade, beer and water. Stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).
*Serves 9

·         6 parts Sauza® Blue Silver100% Agave Tequila
·         16 parts cran-raspberry juice
·         8 parts lemon-lime soda
·         2 parts DeKuyper® 03 Premium Orange Liqueur
·         1 part sanding salt
·         5 lime wedges (for garnish)

Preparation: Run a lime wedge around half the lip of each glass and dip in sanding sugar to rim.
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
*Serves 5

·         8 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         8 parts frozen limeade
·         16 parts pineapple juice
·         8-10 dashes Tabasco® Chipotle Hot Sauce
·         9 pineapple slices (for garnish)

Preparation: In a pitcher filled with ice, combine Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila, limeade, pineapple juice and Tabasco® Chipotle Hot Sauce. Stir gently. Garnish with a pineapple slice (optional).
*Serves 9

Tip #4:            Add some spirit to your food – Sauza can be used as a flavorful shrimp marinade. Spice things up with the recipe below.

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·         1lb. large shrimp in shell (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined
·         ¼ cup Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
·         1 tbsp. lime juice
·         2 tsp. salt
·         1 tsp. kosher salt
·         2 tbsp. butter
·         ¼ cup green onions
·         ¾ cup crema or sour cream

Directions: In a mixing bowl, toss shrimp with salt, green onions, lime juice, kosher salt and ¾ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper. Heat butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until foam subsides, then sauté shrimp, turning, until pink and just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add Sauza® Blue Silver tequila, and increase heat to medium high. Tilt skillet over gas burner to ignite Tequila. Cook, shaking skillet gently once or twice, until flames subside. Remove from heat and stir in crema. Serve sprinkled with chili powder.


Crunchy Herbed Guacamole Recipe


2 Ripened avocados, halved and pitted
3 Small red radishes, diced
¼ Cup finely chopped cilantro
¼ Cup snipped fresh chives
Kosher salt or table salt, to taste
Juice of ½ lime
Bottled Chipotle Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)


Scoop avocado flesh into a Molcajete (Chef George recommends Imusa Granite Molcajete) and add the cilantro, chopped chives, lime juice, and chipotle hot pepper sauce.
Gently mash with until the desired consistency is reached.
Fold in diced radishes and season with salt to taste.


Traditional Margarita


  •  Ice cubes
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon orange liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon Lime-salt-sugar, recipe follows
  • Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Lime-salt-sugar:
  • Zest of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, and Simple Syrup. Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds. (In general, the drink is ready by the time the shaker mists up.) Place Lime-salt-sugar on a plate. Press the rim of a chilled rocks or wine glass into the mixture to rim the edge. Strain margarita into the glass.Simple Syrup: Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave.) Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Lime-salt-sugar: Blend together lime, salt and sugar in a small blender or mini food chopper.


Chocolate Vanilla Margarita

  • 12 parts of Sauza Blue Tequila
  • 9 parts of Chocolate Liquor
  • 6 parts of Chocolate Sauce or Syrup
  • 2 cups ice
  • For the Vanilla Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 tbsp. Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • If you want to get fancy:
  • Chocolate block (for shaving on top)

Beat together the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Meanwhile, prepare your mini cordial or shot glasses by dipping the lip in 1 tbsp. of chocolate sauce. Combine tequila, chocolate liquor, chocolate sauce and ice in a shaker filled with ice. To serve these mini-sips, spoon 1 tablespoon whipped cream into each glass. Top with 2 parts of chilled chocolate-tequila. Serve immediately and toast to your good health!

Prickly Pear Margarita

  • 8 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila or Sauza Silver Tequila
  • 4 parts JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 1 can frozen limeade
  • 6 parts Prickly Pear Cactus Puree or Juice
  • 4 cups crushed ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Pulse until all the ice is completely blended. Taste and add sugar or lime juice if you want more sweet or sour. Pour into salt-rimmed margarita glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.
Paloma Cocktail

Rim a collins glass with salt.
Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and lime juice.
Top it off with grapefruit soda.

Grapefruit Margarita

  • ½ cup Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
  • 4 cups club soda
  • Juice of 4 pink grapefruits (approx. 3 cups juice)
  • *If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Mix well. Serve cold or over ice in sugar rimmed glasses.Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.



Pomegranate Margarita

2 ounces white tequila
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
1 ounce lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh pomegranate juice
6-8 ounces (about one scoop) of ice
lime wedge for garnish

Mix all ingredients except lime wedge in a blender and mix well. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with lime.