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Celebrations for Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday honoring the Mexican army’s triumph over French forces in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla, will surely take a different form this year. Even though travel and dining out are not recommended at the moment, there are plenty of ways to celebrate.
Here’s how you can recreate a Cinco de Mayo party at home, courtesy of some creative hoteliers.
Set the party scene
You may not have a crowd in your home, but you can certainly invite one over by phone or video chat. Once you get your call set up, Mexico’s Velas Resorts has a range of festive backgrounds to use on any Zoom “fiesta call.”
Next, it’s time to get the decorations ready. Learn to make your own homemade piñatas thanks to this great tutorial from Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, part of Auberge Resorts Collection in Los Cabos. A popular activity at the resort’s Pescadito’s Kids Club, it can now be enjoyed by families at home (supplying their own candy, of course).
La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana in Acapulco are known for their rice art decorations often left as a surprise for guests in their rooms. If you want to recreate one at home, the hotels have made a video tutorial with helpful tips for your next project.
Feast on Mexican favorites
For an appetizer, learn to prepare delicious shrimp ceviche tostadas like the chefs at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, in Los Cabos. They have provided one of their easy ceviche recipes online so budding chefs at home can prepare it too.
The Cape participates in the World of Hyatt program as a Category 6 property, which means when it’s time to travel again, you can redeem 25,000 points for a night in paradise. If you pay with the World of Hyatt Credit Card, you would earn 9 points per dollar spent on eligible charges.
Or try the brisket taquitos from the La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The chef’s family is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and he was inspired to recreate this dish from his most recent visit. You can make them at home thanks to his step-by-step instructions.
Velas Resorts has a long list of traditional recipes, which it published in the recent issue of Velas Magazine. You can follow along with the online version to make dishes like a northern Mexican discada or tuna and mango tiraditos.
You can also take part in an “avocado apprenticeship” with Solmar Hotels & Resorts of Cabo San Lucas, which is hosting a virtual event on its social media channels with tutorials on fun ways to use an avocado. The party will happen live on May 5, but these sessions will remain online via Facebook and Instagram channels for properties like the Grand Solmar Rancho San Lucas and Grand Solmar Land’s End. You can learn how to make an avocado martini or avocado face mask, how to perfectly peel an avocado and more.
Civana Wellness Resort & Spa, in Carefree, Arizona, has created a full menu of do-it-yourself fare for Cinco de Mayo. Inspired by its onsite wellness cuisine, these recipes balance healthy eating with great taste. You can make traditional nopales, green chile pork pozole nachos, Mexican wedding cookies and sopapilla cheesecake bars.
For some tasty guacamole, try Acre’s recipe straight from Animas Bajas, which the resort posted on Instagram. It is easy to make with only a few ingredients, and if you follow the chef’s instructions, you should end up with a “smooth and buttery texture.” Or try this classic recipe from Ámbar, the restaurant in The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park in El Paso, Texas.
If you want to add traditional chilaquiles to your feast, Palmaïa – The House of AïA has a great version to try at home. This hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya is designed with vegan rooms and an “extensive plant-based menu,” and this veggie recipe is no exception.
If you’re interested in staying at Palmaïa later, this property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which is offering several promotions for guests who reserve with an American Express card.
For breakfast (or even dessert), try this recipe for cinnamon churros from Hilton Los Cabos, which it posted in gallery format to its Instagram channel. This is a popular resort for those looking to redeem Hilton Honors points.
Learn to make a tasty “Mezcalita” or an “Aztec Mule” thanks to these recipes from the food and beverage director of the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas. The resort also shares traditional recipes for its guacamole, salsa verde and salsa roja to spice up any party table.
Mixologist Mario Mendoza of the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center in Puerto Vallarta created the popular Children of the Corn cocktail and has made the recipe available online. As a Marriott Bonvoy Category 4 property, travelers can redeem between 17,500 and 30,000 points for a night at this all-inclusive resort.
Thompson Zihuatanejo, a beach resort, goes beyond the traditional party cocktail with something light and fresh, and the recipe for its watermelon-basil smash cocktail is posted on its Instagram channel. The resort is a Category 6 member of World of Hyatt, meaning a standard room night starts at 25,000 points.
The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, a Category 4 World of Hyatt property, has a unique prickly pear margarita recipe that is ideal for Cinco de Mayo. If you like it, consider redeeming 15,000 points for a free night on your next visit to San Antonio.
Mixologists from the Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya are teaching at-home tipplers to make some of their creative cocktails via the property’s Facebook channel. How does a Barba Roja Pepper cocktail with red pepper syrup, coconut rum, passion fruit juice, sparkling wine and lemon sound? As a World of Hyatt Category 6 property, a free night in a standard room here starts at 25,000 points.
From the comfort of home, you can also follow the Santa Fe, New Mexico, iconic Margarita Trail virtually. The Margarita Trail links 45 bars and restaurants, each offering their own version of a margarita. Several of the bars and restaurants have uploaded their recipes to YouTube, including a tasty recipe from the boutique El Rey Court hotel.
Photos courtesy of Velas Resorts; Chileno Bay Resort & Residences; La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana; The Cape, a Thompson Hotel; La Cantera Resort & Spa; Solmar Hotels & Resorts; Civana Wellness Resort & Spa; The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park; Hilton Los Cabos; Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas; and Andaz Mayakoba.
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