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Cinco de Mayo Celebration

By Lisa Mesa on May 01, 2022 in Holiday's
Cinco de Mayo Celebration

When thinking about a great Cinco de Mayo celebration our minds immediatly go to Mexican food, Mariachi music and of course Tequila but Tequila isnt the only beverage that pairs with a great Cinco de Mayo celebration.  So, if your planning a gathering of friends and family this Cinco de Mayo or any night that your enjoying great Mexican food, read on for our recommendations on expanding your beverage menu:

I love Mexican food.  Honestly, I think I could eat it every night.  Mexican food is so fresh, colorful and filled with vibrant flavors.  When done well, it's also surprisingly healthy.  Now, dont get me wrong, I love a great Margarita as much as the next person but there are beer and wines that I much prefer when looking for flavors to pair with Mexican food.

Pilsner, Lager and Wheat Beer

These three styles really dominate when it comes to enjoying a glass with Mexican dishes that are light and fresh with hints of lime and cilantro.  You want your beer to be light and fresh as well as not to overpower the flavors of your favorite fish tacos.  When it comes to spicy foods you want to look to beers that have lower IBU's , light carbonation and lower alcohol.  All of these things intensify heat in spicy foods so look for beers that are lower.  

Mexican Style Lager - What truely sets them apart from other styles of Lager is the addition of maize, traditionally, flaked.  Maize adds a subtle crispness, lower bitterness and it boosts clarity in the glass.  Look for quality ingredients and not corn or corn syrup.  

Laughing Monk - "Willie Maize" Mexican style Lager brewed with maize flakes as well as Pilsner and Vienna Malt.  Subtle aromas of grain and lime match the bready and citrus flavor while light bitterness rounds out this classic and crisp corn lager.  $8 ea or $26 per 4pk

Oakland United Beerworks "Brooklyn Township" Common Lager features hints of caramel, bread, toast and slight graininess with a firm bitterness.  Our pick for dishes that are a bit more fatty and crisp such as pork carnitas. $8 ea or $26 per 4pk

Now, if you tend to dine on dishes that are more on the cheesy, creamy side your going to want to reach for an IPA.  Specifically a citrusy IPA.  The bitterness in an IPA will cut through the richness while the citrus aromas and flavors will perfectly match the freshness in tomatoes, and cilantro, cutting through each layer seamlessly.

Booze Brothers "Buena Vista IPA" with bright notes of tropical citrus, pear and peach this is our pick for richer foods $8 each or $26 per 4pk

Herbaceous Whites and Spicy Reds

As with any food pairing, treating your wine as an ingredient helps to match and compliment dishes.

Land of Saints 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Dry zippy and so refreshing with notes of mango, passion fruit lemon and candied peaches.  This wine pairs great with chips and guacamole and cuts through the cheesy goodness of a classic Quesadilla. At this price you should definately stock up for summer sipping $27 ea

Seagrape 2018 Gewurztraminer.  Pear skin, sweet grass, white flowers and tangerine zest show on the nose with a palate of orange blossom and apple.  Produced dry this wine is such a pleasant surprise.  $32 ea

cnagy 2020 Albarino is a slam dunk with aromas of white flowers and stone fruit while the palate is led by vibrant acidity and a soft mouthfeel.  Ceviche is amazing with this wine. $30 ea

Brophy 2018 Zinfandel is my go to for Fajita's.  Smoky and complex with juicy ripe plum flavors and a hint of spice. $34 ea

Loubud 2018 Blanc de Noirs Sparkling.  Now hear me out, this one is a bit of a stunner I know but if you are enjoying a great Mole sauce a sparkling wine brings out the toasty, nutty flavors of the Mole while the bubbles and freshness really refreshes your palate $72 ea

Don't worry if you can't wait for May 5th to try any or all of the pairings we've suggested.  Try them any and every time that you enjoy great Mexican cuisine and if you still follow up with a Margarita, no one's judging!


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