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Tipsy Tuesday: Cinco de Mayo at Z’Tejas

Get your fiesta started this Cinco de Mayo at one of Z’Tejas five Valley locations. Their 6thStreet Margaritas and Chambord Margaritas will be only $5 and you can grab a Corona for $2. In case you decide you need some food to go with your drinks, tacos will be only 55 cents from 3 to 7 p.m. Z’Tejas has also shared tequila-infused cocktail and taco recipes from its greatest menu hits! Mix these up for your friends for some serious kitchen cred.

Happy celebrating and Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

6th Street Rocks
1.25 oz Sauza Gold Tequila
.75 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Z’Tejas Margarita Mix
Squeeze of lime

Tequila Pork Taco
Corn tortilla (or tortilla of choice)
2 oz Tequila-Braised Pork
1 oz Pico de Gallo (or salsa of choice)
Top with Cotija Cheese

Tequila-Braised Pork
4.5 pounds pork shoulder
4 teaspoons fresh garlic
2 cups water
2 ounces guajillo peppers, dried
0.2 ounces Chile de árbol, dried
0.5 ounces Achiote paste
4 tablespoons salt, kosher
4 cups milk
0.5 cup tequila (Sauza)
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons whole peppercorns

Directions
Cut the pork shoulder into pieces and poke each piece several times with a sharp knife and fill with chopped garlic.

Boil the water and add the guajillo chiles and the Chile de árbol and boil for three minutes. Blend with the Achiote paste until smooth. Once smooth, strain to remove all seeds and tough pieces. Coat all sides of the pork with this rub.

After applying the child rub, salt all sides of the poke liberally and place in pan.

Pour the milk and tequila around the pork as to remove as little salt and chile rub as possible.

Place the bay leaves and the whole peppercorns in a piece of cheesecloth tied with kitchen twine and place in the milk and tequila mixture. This will get the flavor into the braising liquid without the peppercorns being too assertive.

Wrap the pork three times with plastic wrap and then once in foil and cook at 300 degrees for 4 hours. Once tender, remove the cheesecloth, shred, and serve.

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Tastes of Cinco de Mayo

Although Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, but rather a small win for the Mexican army in Puebla against the French in the Franco-Mexican War, the holiday is recognized in the United States as a day of awareness and celebration of Mexican culture. Many restaurants provide special menus with Mexican-inspired cocktails and appetizers as well as mariachi music, folk dancing and parties. Hopefully there will be enough limes to support all those margaritas and guacamole!

This weekend, starting with Saturday, May 3, through Monday, May 5, provides a multitude of Cinco de Mayo options such as:

Mexican Food

  • America’s Taco Shop: If you are looking for authentic Mexican food, you have to visit America’s Taco Shop. They will be serving a traditional Mexican dish – Al Pastor – a slow-cooked, thinly sliced pork, marinated in a mild spiced citrus and pasilla adobo and served with minced cabbage, cilantro, tomato sauce, guacamole and thin strips of grilled pineapple.

Margaritas

  • SOL Mexican Cocina: Looking for the perfect margarita? SOL Mexican Cocina’s Corralejo Watermelon Basil Margarita is simply fruity perfection. Combine that with guacamole and Baja cuisine and you are ready for a great Cinco de Mayo.
  • The Herb Box: Drink without the calories? Try the $5 Skinny Superfruit Margarita at The Herb Box. The drink includes Herradura Blanco, Chambord, fresh lime juice and club soda. The Herb Box will also release its new Drinx menu with all day happy hour pricing. Try 10 new cocktails for $8 such as the Vanilla Lemon Drop or Nutty Angel. They will also be serving wine and craft beer.

Parties and New Experiences

  • Sandbar: If you are looking for a full-weekend experience, then Sandbar is your place. The three-day party will include live music and DJs, the Mayweather vs. Maidana fight and, of course, drink specials. Music includes Rockhard and Whiskey’s Quicker on Saturday, The Crown Kings and Pyrosteria on Sunday and Jay Allen and The Uncommon Good and Redneck Rockstars on Monday. You can get your drink on with $3 beers and $5 margaritas all weekend long.
  • Uptown Alley: Try an entirely new Cinco de Mayo experience with the entertainment venue of Uptown Alley. You can eat and drink Mexican-inspired items like $3 tecates, $5 tacos and $5 margaritas while you go bowling, play video games or dominate at laser tag.
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes: If you are really looking to try something new this weekend, you have to try the margarita cupcake from Sprinkles Cantina. This inspired cupcake is composed of a tequila-key lime cake, topped with key lime frosting, a rim of fleur de sel and a festive green and red modern dot. This item is sure to make your Cinco de Mayo party unique.

 

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Things to do this weekend

Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf @ Scottsdale Plaza Resort and McCormick Ranch Golf Resort, May 1-2
Have a good meal, play a round of the ageless game and help support St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center all in one go. Starting Thursday this all-inclusive golf tournament starts off with a diner and a raffle and goes into the next day with a golf tournament that is sure to be a good time. In the past the tournament has raised nearly $5 million so help raise that number for a good cause.
Contact 602-406-3041

2nd Annual Arizona Improv Festival with Paul Brittain @ Outliars Comedy Club Mesa, May 2-3
Paul Brittain of Saturday Night Live fame is in town to give an improv show with a similar rhythm of the famous show. Brittain and Jet Eveleth will be working together on the stage to bring you hilarious scenes and characters that are sure to split your sides.
Admission is $24

Cinco De Mayo Phoenix Festival @ 2nd St. and Van Buren, Downtown Phoenix, May 3-4
Help celebrate Mexico’s victory over France with this two-day festival that the whole family and you are sure to enjoy. There will be music, food, and fun for the whole family that will make your celebration a great time! The performers are Grammy award winning national acts so make sure you don’t miss out on this event.
Admission: $5 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m.

Arizona Derby Dames Double Header @ The Hall of Dames, May 3 at 7 p.m.
Hear the thundering roll of skates in the arena this weekend as Brutal Beauties verse of against the Schoolyard Scrappers and then the Pink Ladies roll against the Black Dollyas. Watch a double header of the increasingly popular and hardcore game of Roller Derby this weekend. There will be food trucks at this event so be sure to bring an empty stomach as you watch these intense games.
Price is $7-$15

Relay for Life of Central Phoenix @ Camelback High School, May 3, 6 p.m.
Help the “Finish the Fight” once again this year by attending Relay for Life. There will be raffles, one of which is for two tickets donated by Southwest Airlines. There are 54 teams participating this year that have already raised $38,531.25 so come on down and help raise that number even higher.
Admission: $10 suggested donation