The Authentic Food + Drink Guide to Cinco de Mayo

by Margaret Richards on May 3, 2018 in Food+Drink, Living Texas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio,
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From Mexico City to Austin via San Anton and the HTX,  we’ve got you covered for food and drinks this Cinco de Mayo! Whether you’re partying at home or looking for a bar to raise a glass (or two) in, you’ll find go-to ideas here.

Tip: Click the photos for recipes and more

Make It Like They Do In Mexico City

Looking for an authentic guacamole, pico de gallo and molletes recipe? At La Palomilla Bed and Breakfast in Mexico City they make their breakfasts and snacks from scratch using locally-sourced ingredients. Mouthwateringly great for May 5—or any day.

Guacamole recipe (click photo) courtesy La Palomilla, a unique seven-room B&B located in La Roma, the hippest and safest walkable neighborhood in Mexico City. ‘La Palomilla’ is a term of affection for one’s closest group of friends. All rooms feature art by local artisans and are named after the innkeeper’s closest friends (her own palomilla). Photo Orquídea Macedo
Pico de gallo and molletes, the popular Mexican-style open sandwich. Mollettes are served traditionally crispy at La Palomilla, a boutique property which provides a colorful escape from the daily routine into a bustling community filled with flavor, friendliness, and music. Amenities, from bed sheets to soap, are sourced from local area businesses. Photo Orquídea Macedo

San Antonio

El Chavo: Created by El Mirador bartender John Cox, and inspired by popular 80’s Mexican TV show “El Chavo del Ocho,” the El Chavo cocktail mixes Paranubes Oaxacan rum, Cimarrón Reposado Tequila and Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao with fresh Key lime juice, cinnamon syrup and a bar spoon of condensed milk. Finish with a half-Chapulín salt rim. Photo Giant Noise
Mexican Mojito: Give a fun twist to the party by adding Twang-A-Rita salt on the rim of a classic agave blanco tequila mojito. Muddle on! Courtesy photo


Desert Paloma: A refreshing drink made with Desert Door Original Sotol, fresh grapefruit juice, agave nectar, soda, bitters, lime. Served on the rocks with a grapefruit wheel. Make a back-to-the-source day of it by driving out to the Desert Door distillery for their craft cocktails and oak-aged sotol tastings. Photo Allyson Campbell


Juan Collins: What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than enjoying the spectacular views of the Capitol and Congress Avenue from the Terrace Bar at Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel while sipping a Juan Collins? (Patron Silver Tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice and soda garnished with a lime and orange wheel, lime pigtail and Luxardo cherry.) Snack on Brisket Quesadillas and their trio of Poblano Queso, Salsa Roja and Salsa Verde served with tortilla chips. Courtesy photo


On May 5th, the celebrations will be going from breakfast, through lunch, to dinner at Tex-Mex staple Lupe Tortilla. Look for local musicians and customer favorites like the sizzling, lime-pepper marinated beef and chicken fajitas, made-to-order warm, hand-pressed flour and corn tortillas, chili con queso with real cheddar cheese, house-made salsa and guacamole, and flavorful margaritas made with freshly-squeezed lime juice. Courtesy photo

Cover photo La Palomilla Bed and Breakfast in Mexico City. Photo Arturo Arrieta