Today is Cinco de Mayo and that means that we’re celebrating Mexican desserts and Mexican drinks today! Get ready to start your weekend early with this wonderful recipes.
- Tiny Kitchen Chronicles is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a batch of vegan Baked Margarita Donuts! These donuts are made with lime juice and zest, and they’re frosted with a glace that features more lime juice, as well as tequila and salt! They’re mini donuts, so each one is just about bite sized, though the recipe could be easily adapted to a full sized baked donut pan if you want to make a bigger version. I suspect that this recipe would be a big hit down at the local donut shop!
- Coconut is one of the most popular flavors in my kitchen, so I know that I would like a slice of the Coconut Tres Leches Cake that Pretty Plain Janes is serving up for Cinco de Mayo. The recipe starts with a vanilla cake made with coconut milk. The baked cake is then soaked in a mixture of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and more coconut milk to make it rich and incredibly tender. To finish things off, the cake is topped with a cloud of whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes. It’s decadent and well worth every single bite.
- Put On Your Cake Pants has another breakfast option with some Strawberry Margarita Pancakes, which are a fun twist on a classic pancake for a margarita-lover. The pancakes are actually made with lime zest and tequila to infuse them with flavor, but most of the margarita flavoring comes from the strawberry, lime and tequila topping, which brings a lot of flavor into every single bite. The sauce could also be used to top other breakfast foods, like waffles, or drizzled over a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
- Tequila is an old standby when it comes to Cinco de Mayo recipes, but these days smoky mezcal is becoming much more popular and is getting substituted into may recipes where tequila was previously the only option. This Mezcal Paloma from Barman’s Journal is a twist on the Paloma, a classic cocktail that is usually made with grapefruit soda and tequila. This version uses fresh grapefruit juice and soda water for a refreshing and complex version that is sure to be a hit on Cinco de Mayo or any other day!
- Recipe Throwback: I made these Strawberry Mint & Lime Shortcakes a perfect dessert for Cinco de Mayo by using a Mexican Concha roll instead of a biscuit, which is more commonly used in strawberry shortcake. The lightly sweetened Mexican pastry is delicious on its own and even moreso after it catches all the juices released from the fresh berries and soaks up some of the rich whipped cream filling. These are beautiful to look at and couldn’t be more delicious.