Happy Cinco De Mayo! Can’t believe it’s already the month of May. I’ll have my favorites from april up soon — later this week hopefully — but for now lets talk about what you should make to celebrate cinco de mayo on taco tuesday! In a normal situation, I would be super excited about going out and eating all the tacos, but I’m just as excited to have dinner at home, especially if it involves one of these rhubarb ginger fizz beverages!
But first, food.
So first up, I have quite a few recipes on the blog that involve tacos, or foods that just *make sense* for cinco de mayo. Let me put them all in a line up for you:
And now, Dessert
Something to drink?
So now that you’ve got your meal planned, dessert on the menu — you need a beverage! I’ve got a round up of my favorite margarita recipes from around the interwebs, and then we’ll wrap this up with my fab rhubarb ginger fizz. Let’s go!
Jenny’s Passion Fruit Margaritas:
Jessica’s Bubbly Jam Margaritas:
The feedfeed’s Alphonso Mango Chill Margarita’s:
Sara Lynn’s Blood Orange Margarita’s:
Yassss! I love all of these drink ideas. I also love this recipe I’m about to share with you. It’s simple and straight forward to make. I love recipes like that. I don’t want to spend a ton of time trying to make something happen in the kitchen, ya feel me? Also, I definitely dont want to spend a ton of time making a drink!
Thankfully, this simple syrup for this beverage can be made in advance and stored in your fridge, for anytime use. 🙂
I also used Gin in this recipe, because I happen to really like gin. Hendricks to be exact. There’s a lot of different types of gin out there but I went with hendricks because it has smooth, un-obnoxious flavor of cucumber and a hint of rose. Sometimes gin’s can be very overpowering. This is why I think a lot of people shy away from them, but in reality they are just flavored vodka.
Speaking of vodka, don’t like gin? You can sub pretty much any alcohol you do like in this recipe. Vodka, tequila, you name it, it works with the rhubarb and ginger syrup and the fizz of the seltzer water. You could also make this alcohol free by subbing in the amount of seltzer for alcohol. Too easy.
So I hope you enjoy this fun little cocktail & let me know what you have planned for cinco de mayo! See you soon.
Rhubarb Ginger Fizz
Ease into a lazy summer afternoon with this rhubarb ginger fizz. Pair with your favorite alcohol to make it personally yours.
For the Rhubarb Ginger Syrup:
- 2 Stalks of rubarb cut into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
For the Beverage:
- 1 Can sparkling or seltzer water
- 1 Lime
- Your choice of alcohol gin, vodka, tequila, rum, etc
To make the Syrup:
- Prep rhubarb and ginger and place in a saucepan along with sugar and water.
- Bring liquid to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
- Simmer for 15 min until the rhubarb falls apart. Strain and cool in the fridge. (makes about 1.5 Cups of syrup)
Mix the Drink: (makes one beverage)
- Once syrup is cold, mix 3 oz syrup, 1.5 oz gin (or vodka/tequila/rum/etc), 3oz sparkling water, juice of half a lime with ice in a shaker. Stir and strain into a glass (with or without ice). Garnish with a lime slice.
This recipe serves four, but can be doubled, tripled, etc.
Keep Syrup in the fridge for up to a week
Can be made non alcoholic — double the sparkling or seltzer water in the recipe and leave out the alcohol.