Centro Latin Kitchen is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with live music and food and drink specials all day long. Chef Dakota will be serving some specials from Puebla, where the battle was won and where Cinco de Mayo celebrations are the biggest. There will be classics like Chiles en Nogada (a picadillo stuffed poblano with walnut sauce and pomegranates for $15) and Roasted Asparagus Chalupas (with black bean huitlacoche puree, avocado, and cilantro oil for $7) as well as Suerte margs for $5. Local band Son Tres will perform live from 3 – 6 p.m.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a selection of agave cocktails at the Crimson Room on Thursday, May 5 from 7:00 p.m. – midnight. The specialty cocktails for the evening include: the Ultima Palabra, $13 – made of Mezcal, Herbal Liquer, Lime and Marashino Liquer; the Oaxacan Old Fashioned, $13 – mixed up with Mezcal, Sugar, Citrus Zest, Bitters and Rose Water; El Diablo, $10 – made with Tequila, Ginger, Crème de Casis and Lime; the La Rosita, $12 made with Tequila, Herbal Liquer, Sweet Vermouth, Apertivo and Bitters; and finally, the Mexican Firing Squad.
On Cinco De Mayo, the team at Hopdoddy Burger Bar is rolling out a one-up on the margarita: the Paloma is Mexico’s most popular cocktail, eclipsing it’s younger sister the margarita, and Hopdoddy’s version the Rosemary Paloma is a fresh take with silver tequila, fresh-squeezed grapefruit, a squeeze of lime and homemade rosemary infused simple syrup. Topped with bubbles, it’s served in a rustic mason jar and garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig.
Kachina Southwestern Grill will offer their happy hour menu all day (11 a.m.-11 p.m.) on Cinco de Mayo in the bar and on the patio, which includes cocktails like The Marg made with Sauza Reposado, triple sec, and lime ($6); local craft beers on draft ($4) ; and bites such as Nacho Mamas with cowboy beans, New Mexican green chile, cheddar, sour cream, and pico ($6), Colorado Lamb Albondigas with chipotle tomato sauce and dry jack cheese, and three varieties of Kachina’s famous Navajo tacos ($4 each). Then at 6:30 p.m. Executive Chef Jeff Bolton will host a Cinco de Mayo-inspired cooking class, which will include cooking demos by Chef, tastings of dishes such as Scallop Ceviche and Tequila Carnitas, and a margarita flight featuring three of Kachina’s signature drinks – The Marg, Controlled Burn, and Prickly Pixie. Tickets for the class are $35, and can be purchased through the Eventbrite link here.
On Cinco de Mayo only, La Sandia Park Meadows will offer the COLOrita in partnership with Arta Tequila. For $9.95, the COLOrita utilizes Silver Arta Tequila, a Blue Curaçao-spiked house margarita recipe, a red-dyed pinneapple slice and a yellow cherry to resemble the Colorado flag. Both La Sandia locations — Park Meadows and Northfield Stapleton — will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an all-night happy hour, which will include $5 margaritas and $3 tacos and a DJ spinning live music. Park Meadows’ specials will run from 2 p.m. — close, while Northfield’s will run from 4 p.m. — close.
Kick-off your Cinco de Mayo festivities at La Biblioteca in Riverfront Park. From 6 p.m. -8 p.m., La Biblioteca, “the Library of Tequila,” will host a Meet the Maker event with DeLeon Tequila. The complimentary tasting event will feature plenty of tequila knowledge from a DeLeon ambassador, as well as a speciality DeLeon cocktail available all evening. La Biblioteca regularly serves a collection of more than 350 rare tequilas, mezcals and agave spirits, as well as a selection of plates meant for sharing. For reservations, call (720) 904-0965.
Stop by Punch Bowl Social and celebrate this battle victory holiday with a Tecate and a tequila shot for $6. Pair the festive beverages with the popular cauliflower nachos or pork carnitas street tacos.