Cinco de Mayo 2013

Cinco de Mayo is always one of the biggest party days of the year and this year is no excecption. Los Angeles is home to some of the best Cinco de Mayo events in the country, so Splash Magazines Worldwide has put together a few of our favorites as well as some great cocktail recipes

Hyde Lounge on Sunset Boulevard is the place to be this Cinco de Mayo to take in the late night festivities.  Hyde Lounge is turning up its Sunday night ritual a few notches as they will get the Cinco de Mayo celebration going with
blasts of green, white and red confetti float over the dance floor in honor of the Mexican flag.  The party kicks off at
10 p.m. and you will be able to dance the night away to beats by Party Favor, El Sexo Sombrero and DJ Pancho. What would Cinco de Mayo be without tequila, so Hyde will have it flowing all night with Corzo cocktails highlighted at the
bar. Hyde Lounge is located at 8029 W. Sunset Blvd.

Hyde

Leave it to Rock & Reilly's Irish Whiskey Pub to put a twist on Cinco de Mayo as this Saturday, May 4th, Reilly welcomes his Mexican cousin Rodriguez during DRINKO DE MAYORock & Reilly's Irish Whiskey Pub will embrace a Mexican twist in honor of one of the most celebrated drinking bashes of the year. Doors will open at Rock & Rodriguez's DRINKO DE MAYO from noon to 2:00 a.m. for an all-day drinking extravaganza that will take you right into the holiday.

Featured on the special menu are $2 Tacos, $2 Margaritas, and $3 'Cerveza Especials' in honor of the boozy holiday spirit, and guests can enjoy games, pinatas, and live music all day long. Following Saturday's event, Rodriguez will have a Tuesday residency, officially transforming the Irish bar into a cantina inspired taquiera, Rock & Rodriguez, featuring a taco bar and endless flowing margaritas.

Rock & Reilly's is located at 8911 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Calle Tacos, the Mexican restaurant that is parked right in the heart of Hollywood, will be turning up the heat this Cinco de Mayo and celebrating their one-year anniversary with an extravagant fiesta in true LA style!

Action-packed activities from 2-8pm include:

 •        Music by DJ Herick Hell

•        Signature
margaritas like classics, featured Jamaica margarita and Jalapeno flavors

•        Photo Booth
to capture photos on Calle tacos Hollywood Hills/ Graffiti background

•        Senor Calle
(Calle Tacos’ honorary mascot) on site for photo ops

•        SideCar
providing Safe Rides and $20 credits at side.cr and input ‘CALLE5’ for a credit

•        Live
Donkeys…yes, donkeys!

Calle Tacos, located at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard will be open from 11am – 4am and celebrating Cinco de Mayo activities from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 5th, 2013.

Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles’s only craft brewery, is opening to the public after more than a year of building and brewing. To celebrate, Angel City is also kicking off with the first annual Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, May 4. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The brewery will host an epic day of live bands, art, brews and food that will take place inside the brewery and outside in the parking lot. A percentage of the day’s proceeds will benefit Art Share LA.

The day-long festival will start off with a giant toast, celebrating the historic re-birth of Angel City. Then continue with
performances by seven bands kicking off with the Reverend Alvin McKinney Gospel Group, followed by Seth Loveless, Evan Stone & The Bourbon Street 4 and the Martin Guigui All-Star Jamboree, with special guest Ellis Hall of Tower of
Power.

The exhibit “In Your Face: How Artists Transformed LA’s Urban Landscape” will be on display featuring pieces from local artists. There will also be live screen-printing by Family Industries where people can create customized t-shirts. Food trucks will be parked outside, along with Peddler’s Creamery ice cream.  Brewer-led brewery tours will run hourly throughout the day, and of course, there will be plenty of beer to go around.

Angel City is only two blocks from the Little Tokyo/Arts District stop on the gold line, and is encouraging festival-goers to take advantage of the city’s public transportation. The Brewery is also partnering with Side Car, an innovative new free rideshare service that will provide free ride vouchers to those who check-in using their mobile app.

Sunday Hair of the Dog brunch event the following day (Cinco de Mayo) starting at 11 a.m. Additional details about that can be found on
Facebook.

Heritage Festival

Splash Magazines Worldwide knows that many of you will be holding your own Cinco de Mayo parties so we have a few cocktail recipes from some of the hottest spots on the east coast for you to serve up at your party.

SMOKE & HEAT – The LCL: Bar & Kitchen (212 East 42nd Street)

1 ½ ounces Vida Organic Mezcal

½ ounce Agave Nectar

½ ounce Fresh Lime Juice

½ ounce Pineapple Juice

½ ounce Egg White

Instructions:

Shaken, served up in a coup.

This combination highlights the nuanced smokiness of
tequila’s older cousin and fuses it with the acidity of pineapple and lime
juices to produce the most sensational experience.

PALOMA – Stone Rose Lounge (10 Columbus Circle)

Ingredients:

1 ½ ounces Don Julio Silver

½ ounce Aperol

½ ounce Agave Nectar

½ ounce fresh lime

1 ounce grapefruit

Instructions:

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice, shake and
strain over fresh ice into a highball. Top with Champagne. Garnish with a
Grapefruit slice.

Spanish for ‘dove,’ this charming, grapefruit-accented
elixir lifts you to new heights.

GUAVA SIN – Lilium (201 Park Ave. South)

Ingredients:

2 ounces Herradura Silver

1 ounce Triple Sec

1 ounce guava puree/nectar

1 ounce fresh sour mix

Instructions:

Served up or over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Sin never tasted looked so sleek.  Show loyalty to your true colors with this
sweet and fragrant bright-green treat. 

PINEAPPLE ALMOND MARGARITA – For Home Entertaining

Ingredients:

4 chunks pineapple, muddled

1 ounce DISARONNO

1 ounce Reposado Tequila

1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

1/2 ounce agave nectar

Instructions:

In mixing glass muddle pineapple. Combine the rest of the ingredients
and shake with ice. Strain into highball glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge
and leaf.

Straight tequila shots aren’t your forte? Nurse this potion
which marries DISARONNO’s sweet amaretto with the sharpness of tequila to ease
the burn without a chaser.

JALAPEÑO MARGARITA – Whiskey Park (100 Central Park Ave.)

Ingredients:

3 pieces muddled jalapeño (no seeds)

1 ½ ounces Excellia Blanco tequila

½ ounce Cointreau

½ ounce simple syrup

1 ½ ounces fresh lime juice

Instructions:

In a shaker, muddle jalapeño.  Add tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, and
fresh lime juice.  Top with ice and
shake. Serve in rocks glass over ice. Garnish w/ jalapeño slice.

No need to learn a new language – you’re sure to catch the
attention of that cutie seated across the bar by daringly choosing this fiery
hot cocktail.

KOI DIABLOKoi SoHo (246 Spring Street)

Ingredients:

2 ounces Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila

Muddled cucumber

½ ounce fresh lime juice

Instructions:

In a short glass, muddle 2 -3 pieces sliced cucumber. Add half
ounce of lime juice and shake vigorously. Garnish with a cucumber.

Muddled jalapeños aren’t bold enough? Tanteo Jalapeño
Tequila ups the ante with more direct heat and flavor that packs a punch strong
enough for the most fearless heatseekers.

BLOODY MARIA – Havana Central (151 West 46th Street)

Ingredients:

2 ounces tequila

As needed, House Bloody Mary Mix (tomato juice, horseradish
to taste and dash

Worcestershire sauce)

2 lime wedges, squeezed

Pepper to taste

Salt to taste

Havana Central hot sauce (to taste)

Instructions:

In a pint glass, add all ingredients and ice. Shake hard and
pour back into pint glass. Garnish with a salt rime, lime wheel and a straw.

Casting aside prudish vodka’s inhibitions, tequila exhibits
her exotic side in this unique take on the traditional Bloody Mary.

PARTIDA SKINNY MARGARITA (ON THE ROCKS) Havana Central (2911 Broadway)

Calories: 135

Ingredients:

1½ ounce Partida tequila

½ ounce Agave Nectar

¾ ounce water

1 ounce fresh lime juice, squeezed

Those gearing up for beach-season can pull out their dancing
shoes and sip this classic celebratory concoction – fitness and fun packed into
one.

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