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TIP OF THE DAY: Cinco De Mayo Food Means A Salsa Bar & Beer!

Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates an 1862 battle between the Mexicans and the French, is celebrated by more Americans than Mexicans (see the history of Cinco de Mayo).

It’s easy to pull together a Cinco de Mayo celebration with prepared food (just open the bottles).

Our favorite easy entertaining choice is a salsa bar with a tasting of Mexican beer. Invite friends for a Mexican Happy Hour.

There are so many different types of salsa, from salsa verde made with green tomatillos, to corn and black bean, to fruit flavors such as peach and pineapple.

For the most interesting varieties and best tastes, pick up a selection of favorites at a specialty food store. Don’t forget the tortilla chips!


Pineapple salsa and black bean and corn
salsa are two of our favorites. Photo
by Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE.


Head to the supermarket or liquor store to pick up a selection of Mexican beers. The majority of Mexican beer is produced by two large companies:

  • FEMSA is the maker of Bohemia, Carta Blanca, Dos Equis, Indio, Sol, Superior, Tecate and the seasonal Noche Buena.
  • Grupo Modelo produces Corona, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Light, Negra Modelo and Pacifico.
  • Estrella, Montejo and Victoria are made by smaller producers.

    Try to find our favorite Mexican beer, Negro Modelo. It’s a dark, Münchener (Munich)-style beer: a full-bodied dark lager beer that is a model for other “Bavarian-style” beers.

    One last thing: Mexican tunes for background music. Ask friends if they have any to bring.


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    1 Comment »

    1. Cinco De Mayo Food said,

      May 4, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly!

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