Cinco de Mayo y Cerveza
You know the date — it’s practically synonymous with the word party. May 5th. Cinco de Mayo. It’s a date that we all get to have a good time, drink some brews, and celebrate Mexican culture.
Let’s say that, this year, you’ve decided to throw a party. Hell, why not? It’s on a Saturday, so you might as well. It’s guaranteed to be a good time.
We’ve got all your party info right here. We kept things easy and cheap.
Well, it’s a little too late to send out paper invitations, so it looks like you’re going to have to depend on Facebook and text messages to get the word out.
That’s okay. Crack a cold Cape May IPA, log into Facebook, ignore that scary “People You May Know” section, and click on “Events”. Create your own — scroll through the available themes and find something fiesta-styled.
Invite your closest friends and wait. Send out a few text messages with the deets, but avoid the group text. No one wants that.
No worries, though: they’ll all show up. Everyone thinks you’re awesome. (Mostly because of your excellent taste in beer.)
Two words: Dollar Store.
You’re going to want a mess of paper plates for your guests. Look for ones with a fiesta theme. They’re definitely there.
Hunt down some sombreros. They’ll be cheap, and your guests will get a big kick out of them. You can use them to up your decorations or hand them out to your guests.
Papel picado. You’ve definitely seen this stuff — it’s that colorful, cut paper that sort of looks like doilies. It’s beautiful and authentically Mexican.
Chili pepper lights. These things are festive, funny, and fun. Your guests will definitely get a kick out of them.
Pro tip: A beer or two will make decorating seem like a snap! Pop a cold Coastal Evacuation, and life will be bueno.
You definitely need a piñata. There’s nothing more fun than whacking a papier-mâché donkey with a stick, attempting to get at the prizes within.
Can you put cans of beer in a piñata? We’re not sure, but it sounds worth a try. If you do, we want pictures.
There’s no party without food. People will laugh at you. And don’t make it a potluck. Don’t expect your guests to do your catering for you. If you do it too often, people will stop coming to your parties.
Cheap. Easy. Fun.
Head to the store, grab some corn tortillas. (They’re cheaper and more authentic than wheat ones.) Canned black beans. Shredded cheese (the Mexican Blend, obviously!). Roast some fresh veggies. Salsa (try your hand at making your own. It’s not difficult and it’s a lot of fun.). Lettuce. Tomato. Sour Cream. Onions. Cilantro. Jalapeños. Guacamole (if you have the time, make your own. It’s a little more labor-intensive than salsa, but totally worth it.)
Beef and Chicken. (Get both. People will appreciate your attention to detail.) Season them with Mexican spices, and sauté it with some Devil’s Reach. Delish!
Tres Leche Cake
If you haven’t had a Tres Leche Cake, you have not lived. Easily the most delicious cake in creation.
Basically, you make a plain cake, poke holes in it, and pour whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk over it (hence the “tres leches”). Put it in the fridge overnight, and you’ve got the moistest cake in existence.
Then crack an Always Ready while you wait. It’ll make the time pass faster.
- Jalapeño poppers — You can find them frozen. Easy peasy.
- Chips and salsa — Literally opening a bag and a jar.
- Rice and beans — Two ingredients.
- Fried plantains — Seriously, all you need to do is slice up a plantain and fry it.
Here’s where things get a little tricky. Mexican music can be a little daunting, but you need it to make your party authentic.
Spotify to the rescue!
They’ve got a Mexican music category with at least 20 playlists. Find one you like and get the party started!
We’ve got plenty down at the brewery. Grab a few growlers of Harmonic Rhythm — the ginger and lime are perfect for a Mexican celebration. Summer Catch is on tap — it’s the seminal brew to welcome the season. Corrosion, with its slight bit of sour, will complement many of these food ideas perfectly!
And, let’s face it, any of our brews are exactly what you need for a killer party.
If you can’t make it down to the brewery, check our Beer Finder to find the brews near you!