The first thing you need to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is to know at least a little about what you’re celebrating. The fifth of May – Cinco de Mayo — is a relatively small celebration in Mexico. Americans often confuse the celebration with Mexican Independence Day – which it is not. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a festive celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Many Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals all across Mexico and the United States.
Where I am, Cinco de Mayo tends to be most frequently celebrated in bars. But here’s a thought; what about a neighborhood block party? Cities like Orlando and Honolulu have their own city-wide block parties to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Next, for kids and adults alike, I say you definitely need GUACAMOLE at your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Just a couple of weeks ago, I made homemade guacamole for the first time ever! It was absolutely the best I’ve ever had! If you’ve checked out any of my other recipes, you’ll know I’m more a fan of a “process” that allows you some freedom to create and less a fan of a hard and fast “recipe.” There’s no better canvas for adding in your own creativity than guacamole. It was super fast and easy, so here’s what I did.
I used a fork in a mixing bowl, but you can use a mortar and pestle for making guacamole. I like my guacamole a little “chunky,” so I used the fork method. Here’s a great trick for quickly getting at that delicious avocado flesh. Slice your avocado lengthwise with a chef’s knife and split it in 1/2. Take the sharp side of your knife and lightly “chop” it into the seed of the avocado. You can then twist the knife with the seed attached and the seed will lift right out! Then scoop the flesh from each half of the avocado into your mixing bowl. I smashed two avocados in the bowl (yes, “smash” is a technical cooking term for those of you who did not attend cooking school). Next, juice one lime into the bowl and mix well with your fork. The ascorbic acid in the lime (or you can use lemon) keeps the avocado from oxidizing and turning brown. Chop cilantro to taste and add it to the avocado mixture. A pinch of salt – to taste. Then use fresh pico de gallo to taste. How much is completely up to you. I LOVE the fresh pico I can get at our neighborhood Mexican restaurant, so I use a little more. It contains tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, and jalapeño if you wanted to make your own. Now…drum roll, please. For the key to making a guacamole that will be revered and talked about for years to come – the secret ingredient: Lime essential oil from Young Living.* You will be amazed at how little you will need and how lime essential oil can magically transform your guacamole from run of the mill to out of this world! Just 2-4 drops of lime essential oil will make your guacamole shine. Try two drops and see how you like it. If you like a little more lime, add one drop at a time until your taste buds are doing their happy dance.
In my book, if you aren’t going for the cerveza fria, then Cinco de Mayo is time for the best margarita ever. And I’m since I’m not a cerveza girl, I did some research on line. And then I did real life research searching for the best margarita recipe. RESEARCH. I promise 🙂 I found a wonderful margarita recipe that I think is pretty close to perfect! Again, the secret is Lime essential oil from Young Living.
Clearly, I’m pretty easily made happy. Knowing a little bit about what I’m celebrating; guacamole; margaritas, family, and friends. That’s really everything you need to have a wonderful celebration! If you want more easy, fast, and fun ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo with your family, check out my SpOIL Me for Cinco de Mayo board on Pintrest. You’ll find activities, crafts, recipes, and family fun galore!
*I am a die hard fan of and also a consultant for Young Living essential oils. You can click here to learn more about my oily journey.