I was walking on campus earlier this week and overheard this guy talking on the phone (I wasn’t being creepy, he was just loud, I promise…) and he was saying, “I don’t care what we do for Cinco de Mayo, as long as there is tequila and guacamole.” That seemed like pretty reasonable criteria for a successful Cinco de Mayo celebration, so here are a couple recipes for a delicious guacamole and a killer (literally—be careful with this one, it’s sneaky) tequila cocktail. As long as you have a bowl of this guac and this unique and refreshing drink, you’ll have an excellent Cinco de Mayo whether you’re out at a fiesta or stuck inside “studying.”

The Real Mexican

Tequila Real de Mexico is an Echo Park-based brand that is relatively new on the market, but it is likely the best tequila that will ever pass your lips. Put down that bottle of margarita mix and treat yourself to Tequila Real de Mexico’s signature cocktail, The Real Mexican. This margarita-mojito hybrid features exceptionally smooth tequila, vibrant freshness from the cilantro and pineapple, and an intriguing back burn from the hit of jalapeño.

Ingredients:

4 stalks cilantro (leaves only)
1 chunk of fresh pineapple
1 round slice of jalapeño
2/3 oz. of fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. of Agave nectar
1 1/2 oz. of Real De Mexico Tequila Blanco
Pineapple juice
Ice

Directions:

1) In a cocktail shaker, muddle together cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, pineapple and agave for 30 to 60 seconds.
2) Add the tequila, then fill with ice.
3) Shake (for about 20 to 30 seconds).
4) Pour over ice and add a splash of pineapple juice.
5) Garnish with cocktail skewer of pineapple and slice of jalapeño.
6) Enjoy!

Guacamole

A good guacamole has a lot of flavor but still preserves the integrity of the avocado. (I have strong views on guacamole and avocados as they are two of my top five favorite foods.) Here is a tasty recipe that brings out the best of this beautiful fruit:

Ingredients:

3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
Juice of 1/2 of a lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cup minced onion
1 Roma tomato, diced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Directions:

1) Combine the avocado, lime juice, salt, cumin and chili powder in a bowl, mashing with a fork until the avocado reaches your preferred texture. I like mine to be pretty chunky (I hate the word chunky, but lack a better descriptor).
2) Add in the onion, tomato and cilantro.
3) Give it a taste and feel free to add more of anything, but don’t get too crazy. Remember what I said about integrity.
4) Grab a bowl of tortilla chips and scoop away!