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There's no time for a siesta; Saturday is the big fiesta!
Five Dishes and Cocktails You Need to Have at Your Fiesta: Josh Gentry
1. Stock up
While you’re getting your bar in order for the party, make sure the margaritas are also ready for high consumption. The main thing about the margarita is keeping your eye on three simple ingredients: great tequila, fresh lime juice and orange. I like to get the orange flavor from Agavero, an agave liqueur that has the fragrance of bottled orange blossoms.
Bottom line, margaritas are best in their classic preparation, so don’t mess with it because everyone at the party will slam at least two.
If you do want a tequila-based drink that is outside the norm of a classic margarita, try a paloma. Good tequila, fresh lime juice and some grapefruit soda is all you need - and the result is completely refrescante!"
2. Cool down
Jalapeño and watermelon or habanero and raspberry are a couple of ways to bring sweet and spicy flavors together in a fun way. It’s also really easy to make popsicles at home for a party."
3. Lend me your ears
4. Be the top dog
Sear a hot dog in a cast iron pan over the fire and reinvent an American classic with some smoked habanero sauce, a touch of mayo, ancho chili powder and chopped tomatoes piled up in a soft bun. It is a great coming together of two fine food cultures."
5. Good golly, hot tamale!
Even when it’s not Cinco de Mayo, a platter full of tamales and a cooler full of beer becomes an immediate gathering place. It’s almost a mental trigger to slow down, relax and enjoy letting time pass. If that’s not what a party like Cinco de Mayo is all about, then I don’t know what is.
Or, there's always queso fundido. Please be careful as it may fulfill your caloric needs for a week, but it’s simple and completely worth the effort."
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