Remember when we told you that Cinco De Mayo and The Kentucky Derby fall on the same day? Well in case you are hosting (or invited to) a festive soiree to celebrate either event you now have the perfect (and easy) appetizers and cocktails to boast! For the sake of the blog (wink, wink) we put together a colorful spread of small bites and tasty drinks to showcase each of these wonderful events. As a nod to Cinco de Mayo, we have the best guacamole recipe (no really) pair with a refreshing tequila cocktail. And for our Derby Day cocktails and appetizers, we have the easiest Pimento Cheese Tea Sandwiches paired with a Blackberry Mint Julep… this party is complete.
First up, the guacamole! My youngest sister is known for whipping up a mean gauc with just a few simple ingredients.
The Best Ever Guacamole Recipe
- 3 Avocados
- 1 Small Tomato (or handful of cherry tomatoes)
- 1/4 of Red Onion diced
- 1 Jalepeño (cut in half, remove seeds and diced)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 Lime squeeze
Combine all ingredients and mash avocados. To turn up the heat add hot sauce.
Pimento Cheese Tea Sandwich Recipe
Next up is a super easy sandwich that is the perfect nod to southern eats. Check out this article for the full history of this delicious spread.
- Pimento Cheese Spread
Spread the cheese on the bread and gently place cucumber slices (about four to a slice)
Top with another slice of bread and use a cookie cutter to punch out each sandwich.
The Jockey Julep
Now for the cocktails… first up is the re-defined mint julep complete with muddled blackberries.
- Bourbon (2oz)
- Simple Syrup (1oz)
- Lime Juice (1oz)
Muddle blackberries and mint in the bottom of a glass. Pour in bourbon, seltzer and simple syrup. Add a wedge of lime to garnish.
Pinko De Mayo
And we all know that Cinco De Mayo isn’t complete without Tequila!
- Tequila (2oz)
- Pineapple Juice (4oz)
- Cranberry Juice (just a splash)
- Simple Syrup (1oz)
- A few leaves of mint and raspberries to garnish
Pink Sheath Dress (comes in three colors)
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