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All The Things I’m Serving For Cinco De Derby This Weekend

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Every few years two of my favorite May celebrations fall on the same weekend – Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. While both of them are fun to celebrate on their own, sometimes it’s even more fun to bring the two together for a Cinco de Derby feast. From mint juleps to margaritas, here are the recipes I’m planning for this weekend-long celebration.

Close up shot of three assembled grilled fish tacos with grilled rockfish.
4.6 stars (72 ratings)

Grilled Rockfish Tacos

Grilled rockfish tacos are perfect for summer grilling. Grilled rockfish, quick pickled slaw, red pepper mango salsa, and spicy avocado dressing.
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An easy mint julep in a silver julep cup in front of the set up for a Kentucky Derby mint julep bar.
5 stars (4 ratings)

Easy Mint Julep with Mint Simple Syrup

This easy mint julep made with mint-infused simple syrup is the perfect way to whip up mint juleps for a crowd. These handcrafted cocktails mix up in about 3 minutes and pack a powerful bourbon punch with a sweet hint of mint. A deliciously refreshing cocktail perfect for a hot summer day.
A stack of three lemon bars on a silver plate in front of more lemon bars.
4.9 stars (8 ratings)

Lemon Bars

Easy lemon bars with a buttery shortbread crust and a luscious lemon filling. Perfectly tangy and sweet, they are the best lemon bars I've ever tasted.
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A large black bowl filled with salted pretzel knots.
5 stars (54 ratings)

Soft Pretzel Knots

Soft pretzel knots have a crackly brown exterior, soft chewy center, and a uniquely pretzel flavor. Serve with your favorite dip for a tasty homemade treat. 
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Sweet potato fritters on a white plate next to the sweet and spicy sauce.
4.5 stars (49 ratings)

Sweet Potato Fritters with Sweet & Spicy Sauce

Sweet potato fritters are lightly seasoned with ginger, cinnamon, and fennel, then pan-fried until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Pair with the homemade sweet and spicy sauce for a decadent dipping experience. Served as an appetizer or side dish, this reader favorite is a must-try.
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Square close up of two cadillac margaritas in front of a stand juicer and bowl of citrus fruit.
4.7 stars (32 ratings)

Jenessa’s Cadillac Margarita

Tangy, sweet, and all together delicious, this top-shelf Cadillac Margarita made with reposado tequila is a fantastic addition to your cocktail menu. Whether you are looking for an after work drink, a pairing for taco Tuesday, or the perfect pitcher for Cinco de Mayo this recipe has you covered. 
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Light, refreshing, and full of garden fresh herbs and vegetables, this veggie couscous salad is a yummy addition to any spring or summer meal.
5 stars (2 ratings)

Veggie Couscous Salad

Light, refreshing, and full of garden fresh herbs and vegetables, this veggie couscous salad is a yummy addition to any spring or summer meal.
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Steak Tacos with guacamole, salsa, shredded cheddar, and spicy srirach sauce PIN
5 stars (11 ratings)

Steak Tacos Meat

Tender marinated steak, flash grilled over high heat. Top yours with guacamole, salsa, and shredded cheddar for delicious steak tacos at home.
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A serving of slow cooker pork shoulder on a plate topped with mustard bbq sauce.
4.7 stars (7 ratings)

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder with Mustard BBQ Sauce

Slow cooker pork shoulder is simmered in a homemade sweet & tangy mustard BBQ sauce until fall off the bone tender. Serve with BBQ sides or on a soft roll for a tasty take on pulled pork shoulder.
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A mint julep in a silver mint julep cup with sprigs of mint and a decanter of bourbon in the background.
5 stars (2 ratings)

Classic Mint Julep Muddled with Sugar

Refreshing, minty, and packing a bourbon punch, the classic mint julep cocktail is a must for anyone who loves bourbon, the South, or the Kentucky Derby. This iconic cocktail calls for muddling fresh mint with granulated white sugar to create that sweet, oaky, minty cocktail that is as unique as it is delicious. It's a timeless classic for good reason.
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Three Chicken Tacos
4.7 stars (7 ratings)

Chicken Taco Meat

An easy, slow cooker recipe for chicken taco meat that keeps them coming back for more.
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Two peach crumble bars stacked on a small plate
5 stars (2 ratings)

Peach Crumble Bars

With juicy and sweet peach filling between layers of shortbread crust, these Peach Crumble Bars are the ultimate dessert bar. As a bonus, they're incredibly easy to make too, with basic pantry ingredients!
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A close up shot of a blackberry smash cocktail with lime, basil, and blackberries on the side.
4.5 stars (201 ratings)

5-Minute Blackberry Bourbon Smash (No Simple Syrup)

This 5-Minute blackberry bourbon smash is part mojito and part mint julep. Made from fresh or frozen Oregon blackberries muddled with lime, basil, and sugar, this cocktail works for any season – no simple syrup required! With over a hundred 5-star ratings, this reader favorite is a refreshing twist on the classic whiskey smash.
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Garlic knots in a round pan with marinara in the middle
4.8 stars (4 ratings)

Garlic Knots

Soft, chewy homemade garlic knots tossed in a buttery garlic sauce. Serve with homemade marinara as a side dish or an app!
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Square shot of hot of a wooden serving bowl filled with Carolina BBQ Chicken Salad in a dark wooden bowl.
4.9 stars (11 ratings)

Carolina BBQ Chicken Salad

Carolina BBQ Chicken Salad. With mustard BBQ grilled chicken, garden fresh veggies, bacon, feta, and a homemade dressing this dish proves that summer salads make the best main course salads.
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