2012 was the YEAR for “Cinco de Derby.” Cinco de Mayo fell on the same Saturday as the Kentucky Derby – which meant we could indulge in margs and mint juleps in one sitting. It was an epic day which called for a celebration with all of our NYC friends.
This year, while Cinco de Mayo is on Monday and the Derby is on Saturday, there are plenty of events this weekend to get your fiesta started early. Here are some of our favorite events around town, along with a few party-ideas if you’re hosting an event of your own!
- On Saturday, we will be at the Buckhead Tin Lizzy’s for their annual Cinco de Mayo block party. While we’re not participating in the Stache Dash (Lisa is though!), those participants get inside the party for free and receive a free drink ticket. Cover is $10 for the day and doors open at 11 am (for all you early birds who want to get your drink on early) and the party goes until 2 am (for all you night owls) with live music and drink specials galore. And, Tin Lizzy’s is donating $1 from each cover charge to Bert’s Big Adventure.
We all know parking at TL in Buckhead is a NIGHTMARE, but they’ve got a solution (at least for Saturday). You can park in the Piedmont Center, and take the FurBus Shuttle to the party (I’ve always wanted to ride on the FurBus!). Or, if you don’t want to worry about your car the next day, if you take a taxi, Uber or Lyft ride and show your receipt – you get half-off the cover price. Not a bad deal!
If you’re not in the Buckhead area, the Mall of Georgia location is also hosting a Cinco celebration from noon to 2 am. And on Sunday, the Perimeter location will host a Sunday Funday celebration from 12:30 pm to midnight.
Drink specials at all locations include: Camarena Tequila “Best House” margaritas ($6 for 16 oz. and $10 for 24 oz.), Corona Light drafts ($9 for 24 oz.), and Grand Marnier shots for an added boost to margaritas ($3). Specials of Deep Eddy vodka and Kill Cliff drinks are also available ($6).
- If you’d prefer to celebrate the Derby-side of things on Saturday, H. Harper Station is throwing a Derby Day party. Cost is $39 via Scoutmob, which includes a full buffet and 2 derby-centric drinks from 3 to 7 pm-ish. Urban Daddy Atlanta also shared their top Derby parties around town.
- If you’re planning to host a Cinco de Mayo themed party, margarita cupcakes are a must! And, even if you’re not into eating your margs, the Cupcakes and Cashmere blog post provides some very helpful tips on baking the perfect cupcakes!
- I love a good Jell-O shot, and this or this would be perfect for a fiesta-themed party (although maybe slightly more time-consuming than your basic Jell-O shot).
- If you’re planning to host a Derby-watching party, check out Southern Living’s “checklist” for the perfect party.
- And last but not least, for whether you are playing hostess, or just want to enjoy a drink at home, my tried and true recipes for margs (courtesy of my fabulous Aunt Joanie) and mint juleps (courtesy of my fabulous husband).
Aunt Joanie’s Frozen Margaritas
- Ingredients: White tequila, Triple sec, Frozen lime aid, Ice, and Limes and salt (for garnish)
- For a regular blender size add 4 oz tequila, 2 oz triple sec, and 1/3 large can or 1/2 small can of frozen lime aid to blender.
- Fill blender to top with ice and blend.
- Adjust per your taste buds and repeat (i.e., add more tequila if you want to get rowdy J)
- Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and salt to the rim of your glass as you like – enjoy!
Brian’s Mint Juleps
- Ingredients: Bourbon, Water, Sugar, Fresh mint sprigs
- Directions (Note: for best results prepare simple syrup the day before and refrigerate overnight)
- Boil equal parts sugar and water (i.e., 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water) stirring frequently so as not to burn the sugar.
- Once you’ve got a simple syrup mixture, remove from heat and add mint sprigs to the top.
- Let the simple syrup cool for a few minutes and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, just mix the simple syrup with bourbon to taste.
- Add a sprig of mint for a garnish – enjoy!