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Friday’s Five: Mint Juleps and Margaritas

I have a feeling this weekend will be full of parties for lots of people since it’s the running of the Kentucky Derby and also the weekend before Cinco de Mayo! Whether you’re hosting or attending parties, here are a few ideas for your weekend adventures!

First, the Kentucky Derby

1. A recipe for the classic Mint Julep

Old Forester Mint Julep

Where else to find a recipe for a classic Mint Julep than the Kentucky Derby’s website?! It is, after all, the traditional drink of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby! It’s a simple recipe, but it calls for a step that I didn’t know about: you infuse the simple syrup with mint! If you’re hosting and want to provide a non-alcoholic drink for your guests, why not double your mint simple syrup and use half for a delicious mint sweet tea?! Serve either drink in a short glass, or the uber-Southern Julep Cup. (photo source: The 2015 Kentucky Derby)

2. southern style apps

Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles Recipe

Thank you, Southern Living for these precious mini- Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles! To be honest, I didn’t know that chicken and waffles was a “Southern” thing until I was 18, but I am happy for the South to claim it! There are few things more delicious than this ultimate savory-sweet combination. This recipe calls for slicing up fried chicken tenders, but if you’re lucky enough to live near a Chick-fil-A, I would go there and buy a platter of their chicken nuggets!  (photo source: Southern Living, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell)

Second, Cinco de Mayo:

3. A large-batch tequila drink

If you’re hosting a Cinco de Mayo party this year, free yourself up from having to make lots of individual margaritas and try this colorful and fruity Guadalajara Punch from the Splendid Table! Big batch drinks are great for parties because 1) you have a special drink without mixing individual ones for every guest and 2) you can add ice, which will water down the drink as the party goes on, making it less potent for your guests. (photo source: The Splendid Table)

4) A fool-proof guacamole recipe

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I love The Kitchn as a recipe source! Their recipes are creative and well-tested. Try their classic, simple recipe for guacamole. I have a feeling you’ll be making gauc a frequent part of your snack/dinner/appetizer line up, no fancy mortar and pestle required! (photo source: The Kitchn)

5) Some festive decorations

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Good ole Martha Stewart has some cute, easy ideas for Cinco de Mayo decorations! Try making this tissue paper fringe into a banner, or if you’re really patient, flags for skewers (do you see that in the picture?!)! A quick and easy way to add color– and who doesn’t love fringe? (photo source: Martha Stewart)

Happy celebrating friends! Thanks for reading!