You likely associate Cinco de Mayo with Mexico, tequila, pinatas, and possibly chihuahua races (depending on where you live). But did you the tradition of partying on May 5 actually began after the Mexican Army’s surprising win over France during the Battle of Puebla, which took place in 1862. So if you want to raise a toast to General Ignacio Zaragoza, who led the Mexican troops to victory that day, here are all the necessary ingredients and accessories to throw a wild Cinco de Mayo party this year.
1. Casa Noble Tequila
Cinco de Mayo parties and tequila go hand in hand, and if you are looking for a certified organic tequila, then check out Jalisco, Mexico. The 100% blue agave tequila comes in three different expressions that all finish smooth. Beyond the Casa Noble Crystal, Reposado and Añejo as well as several other higher-end, limited edition offerings like the Tequila Joven. Aged for 6 weeks before it is bottled, the Joven has an earthy meets tropical floral flavor with hints of vanilla that sips smooth or mixes great in a margarita. And at 102 proof it is also very strong.
2. Himalayan Salt Tequila Shooters
Now that you have the tequila, you need something to sip or shoot it in. For this, we’re loving the Spice Lab’s Himalayan Salt Tequila Salt Shooters. Carved from top quality, food grade Himalayan pink salt, the shot glasses are quite pretty, resembling rose quartz. They come with a patented insert that keeps too much salt from leeching into the tequila as well — but you’ll get to taste enough as you sip from the 1.5-ounce glass. Best of all, these are reusable and if properly cared for can last for years of parties. To clean you simply wipe dry between use. Salt is a naturally anti-bacterial mineral so you don’t have to worry about germs lingering.
3. Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila
Another fun option for your Cinco de Mayo party is to make candied ginger frozen margarita ice cubes that can be added to Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila to make a one of a kind margarita that never gets watered down! To make the ice cubes you’ll want to mix Tres Agaves Margarita Mix with Triple Sec in a 4:1 ratio and then fill an ice cube tray with the mixture and place a candied piece of ginger into the liquid. Freeze overnight. Then pour two shots of Tres Agaves Reposado Tequila into a glass and fill with a few of the frozen ice cubes. Garnish with a lime and you are ready to serve your guests.
4. Zoku Shooter Ice Molds
Not everyone can have salt with their tequila and lime, so keep your party fair with an alternative shot glass option. The Zoku Shooter Ice Molds let you make an edible or cooling shot glass by filling the silicone molds that come with the set with either water — or for Cinco de Mayo try filling with lime or another fruit juice — and freezing. Once frozen you simply take off the flexible silicone and pour your shooter into the frozen ice concoction. Don’t worry about your hands getting cold either as the shooter glass fits into a non-frozen base. It’s all a bit complicated to explain but trust us, you’ll impress your friends with these fun accessories.
Add a grown-up pinata to your Cinco de Mayo party with the . This pinata comes stuffed with your choice of mini alcohol bottles, candy and fun fortunes that can be customized for your guests! The Nipyata also comes in a number of different designs — we like the ‘Stay Classy’ pinata, which is also the brand’s flagship Nipyata — and each can hold between 10 and 50 bottles. It’s definitely a great way to get your party started.
6. Polaroid Pop Instant Print Digital Camera
Sure you can always take pictures on your Smartphone, but if you want a more retro vibe, not to mention one that creates a physical lasting memory, then check out the Polaroid . It lets you shoot and print 3×4 photos instantly and also shoots 1080 HD video and GIFs. Another cool feature of this camera is its ability to link to your smartphone via Bluetooth so you can also print photos you’ve snapped on your phone previously. It even has the ability to edit photos pre-printing with text, filters, and stickers.
7. Altec Baby Boom Speaker
You’ve got to have tunes at your party and the Altec Lansing Baby Boom delivers powerful sound in a compact and easy to carry speaker. It’s also waterproof, shockproof and even floats if you are taking the party to the pool. The wireless speaker also has a 30-foot range and averages around six hours of battery life.
8. Cilio Mortar & Pestle
If you’re going to be getting creative with your Cinco de Mayo drink menu this year, then you might need a Cilio Mortar and Pestle for mottling. The company makes no less than seven different models that come in marble or granite stone. Beyond drinks, these are great for making fresh guacamole as you can use it to crush up avocados and spices as well.
9. West Indies Lime SpikedSeltzer
For a refreshing fizzy twist on the traditional margarita, try mixing SpikedSeltzer West Indies Lime into a concoction of 1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lime, 1 oz of tequila, and 1.5 oz of triple sec. We recommend using one 12 oz bottle of SpikedSeltzer per 1 oz of tequila. Note that even though the drink is fizzy it is not less alcoholic — the seltzer water is spiked with 6% alcohol.
10. WTRMLN WTR
Stay hydrated between drinks this Cinco de Mayo by offering your guests some cold pressed juiced watermelon by WTRMLN WTR. It can either be consumed alone or mixed in with tequila. The beverage boasts six times the electrolytes of a sports drink, which also helps keep next day hangovers at bay. If you want a melon margarita recipe, see here.
11. Baked in Color Cookies
Finally spruce up the table with some colorful rainbow chocolate chip cookies by Baked in Color. Baked with love in NYC, the tasty cookies can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. and customized with colors for special events like Cinco de Mayo. They also look great on social media!