Cinco de Mayo is a holiday beloved by margarita lovers everywhere. Although it may be more of a holiday created by the beverage companies to sell more beer, than a true celebration of Mexico, we still love it all the same. This year for most of America (and the world) Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in our homes as we continue to social distance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, this doesn’t mean the fifth of May has to pass without notice. Here are a few ideas on how you can celebrate while keeping your distance.
Margarita Gift Baskets: If your friends are local I think it would be a sweet treat to drop a little gift basket with all the ingredients to make a margarita. I’m basing my basket after this simple recipe, but you could certainly get more creative. The first thing to include is a bottle of tequila, they often have these in pretty small bottles, which makes the perfect gift. Then add a little jar of salt. You can either pick-up a specialty margarita salt or just make a little jar of sea salt. Then add a bottle of simple syrup. Liquor stores typically sell this, but it’s super simple to DIY. Finally, throw in a couple of limes. Now everyone has the making for a margarita for your next Zoom happy hour.
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I also want to highlight the opportunity to donate to nonprofits doing work in Mexico or with Mexican immigrants in the United States. Like the rest of the world, Mexico is struggling with COVID-19 nonprofit organizations can use all the support that they can get to help.
The United Way- The United Way has a specific Mexico branch, so you can direct your donation to Mexico, or give the global relief fund generally.
The International Rescue Committee- While not specific to Mexico, the IRC is working with impoverished communities globally who will be hit hardest
The WHO’s COVID Response Fund: While not specifically Mexican, the WHO’s response gives aid globally.
RAICES- RAICES is a Texas non-profit that works to protect the rights of immigrants.