Cinco de Mayo party essentials: What’s on your list?


Do you have a list of Cinco de Mayo party essentials? From food to cocktails, this list of must have item will ensure that everyone has the best fiesta ever.

Cinco de Mayo party essentials don’t have to be an overwhelming list that turns the fiesta into a chore. With a little planning and smart choices that celebration could be your most successful event of the season. Who’s ready to have a good time?


A Cinco de Mayo event isn’t complete without some guacamole. After all, no guac, no cinco, right? Given the popularity of avocados, everyone seems to have them in the house. Making guacamole seems like a no brainer.

While a classic guacamole recipe is easy, why not elevate your party game with a few easy twists on the classic. From SalsaGuac to Pineapple Guacamole, modifying the classic recipe isn’t too difficult.

SalsaGuac, the must have Cinco de Mayo recipe, photo provided by Tostitos and Avocados from Mexico

Truthfully, anyone can customize a guacamole to her flavor preferences. Whether you like it spicy or even want to add some more vegetables, you could set up a whole guacamole bar.

Lastly, remember to serve the guacamole correctly. No one finds browned guacamole appetizing. Serving dishes like the Casabella Guac-Look will keep that delicious guacamole fresh throughout the whole party.

Taco Bell Party Pack, photo provided by Taco Bell

Tacos, burritos and more

Who doesn’t love tacos? While Taco Tuesday always celebration of the taco, Cinco de Mayo is another reason to have a taco this week. Although creating your own taco bar is relatively easy, why not order in?

For example, DoorDash has numerous restaurants that can deliver your favorite Mexican dishes directly to your door. From Chipotle to your local burrito restaurant, the options are many.

Another easy option would be to grab a Taco Bell party pack. Plus, you can customize that party pack to ensure that everyone gets their favorite taco. Just don’t forget the hot sauce.


Some people like to enjoy a refreshing, cold beer with their favorite Mexican food. For the celebration, why not focus on some Mexican beers. From Corona to Tecate to Sol, there are all types of beers that taste great with a taco.

Sol Chelada, photo provided by Sol

If you are looking to try something different, why not try a Sol Chelada. This iconic Mexican beverage combines Sol beer with tomato, lime, spices and other flavors. With only 3.5 ABV, it is light, refreshing and a flavorful beverage that is perfect on a hot summer day.


Tequila has been having a resurgence over the past couple of years. Just like other spirits, the agave based liquor is more than just a mixer for your favorite margarita. Blanco, repasado and anejo varieties offer nuanced flavors that will have even the biggest skeptic rediscovering tequila.

For a Cinco de Mayo party, why not have a tequila tasting bar. Compare popular brands like Casamigos, Hornitos and Avion. Learn to understand the numerous flavors, like vanilla, oak and more. Just like developing a wine palate, you can learn to appreciate the depth of flavor in tequila.

Tequila Herradura 19 North, photo provided by Tequila Herradura


Of course, cocktails are always Cinco de Mayo party essentials. Cape Line offers a canned margarita that is tasty, low calorie, light and refreshing. These types of grab and go cocktails are perfect for any party setting.

Another option could be taking Lime-A-Rita and adding your own twist to the beverage. Consider taking the Lime-A-Rita, adding Mezcal, Pomegranate Juice, simple syrup and some chilies to make a Hasta Manana

If you are looking to showcase your mixology talents, why not try the Tequila Herradura 19 North. Named for Tequila Herradura’s location 19 degrees north of the equator, this cocktail offers some major spice.

Here’s how to make the Tequila Herradura 19 North.

"Tequila Herradura 19 NorthIngredients• 2 parts Herradura Reposado• 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice• ½-3/4 agave nectar• 1 tablespoons of sriracha sauce• ½ part of pineapple juicePreparation:Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake hard so that some of the ice melts, then strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge."

No matter what you serve at your Cinco de Mayo festivities, enjoy the moment with friends and family. Any gathering with tasty food, refreshing beverages and good conversation will be a success.

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What are your Cinco de Mayo party essentials? Want something added to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments section.