Saturday, March 17, 2012

the cinco de mayo party that would have been...

This year Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, which makes it the perfect year to host the Cinco de Mayo party I've been dreaming about! Unfortunately, I was assigned to work a conference in New Jersey that weekend--ay caramba!  My party will have to wait, but I figured I would share with you the menu that would have been...

I'm a huge fan of having a signature cocktail.  Not only do rows of cocktails look pretty on the buffet, but it gives me a chance to use all of the fancy platters that I've collected over the years.  Pick a drink with broad appeal.  I suggest the Margajito, a combination of two of my favorite drinks-the margarita and the mojito. 

In a shaker:
4 Fresh Basil Leaves (shredded)
1/2 teaspoon of sugar or simple syrup
At this point, grind the sugar into the basil to release the flavors. 
After about a minute of grinding, add some ice to the shaker. 

Then add: 
2 ounces of white rum
1 large lime
1 ounce Triple Sec (or to taste)
Shake vigorously until well chilled and serve.

A more traditional version with mint leaves instead of basil can be found here. 

To add a bit of rowdiness to the party, I would have made 
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots in Strawberries (recipe here).

Other items that would have been on the menu?  
Guacamole Bruschetta. Recipe here.

Muffin Tin Tacos. Recipe here.

A build your own burrito bar.

And Margarita Cupcakes. Recipe here.

I'm sure as I'm sitting in a conference room in New Jersey on May 5th, I'll be thinking about the party that would have been. I'll have to end the day with a Margajito in the hotel bar and brainstorm Cinco de Mayo brunch ideas.  After all, it falls on a Sunday next year...