Mint Juleps and Margaritas, Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Derby


Tomorrow, Saturday, May 5 offers up two thematic events to celebrate with food and drink. That’s right, this year, the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration and 144th running of the Kentucky Derby will occur simultaneously. Always looking for reasons to celebrate, businesses around Jackson are offering up themed specials to mark these events. So whether you’re donning a floppy flowered hat or a sombrero, ensure there’s a drink in your hand by stopping at one of these businesses, or by making your own at home with the following recipe.

Bin22, your one stop wine and liquor shop, is offering 15% off a featured selection of event inspired booze. These options include: Maker’s Mark Whisky, Buffalo Trace Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, Hornitos reposado tequila, and more. Peruse the following photo for all the options:

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Tonight, Hatch is kicking off the Kentucky Derby party early with Jackson Hole Babe Force’s Third Annual Kentucky Derby Dance Party. From 7-11 p.m., enjoy a night of dancing to support the Babe Force Scholarship: “awarded to women to achieve their goals in the mountains.” There will be a silent auction, raffle, music by DJ Simotaneous, and prizes for the best Kentucky Derby get up. On Saturday, Hatch switches gears to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. In addition to their regular happy hour specials, Hatch will be serving up two drink specials: a Paloma Rosa (Codigo 1530 Rosa tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and soda) for $13 and their traditional margarita (Camarena silver tequila, fresh lime juice and agave nectar) for $9.hatch cinco

Need to actually get some weekend errands done on Saturday? Swing into Jackson Whole Grocer any time, all day for two house made tacos and a Mexican beer for only $5.jwg tacos

Speaking of tacos, our favorite taco stop in Wilson is upping their game this weekend. We’re talking about Streetfood at the Stagecoach. On Cinco de Mayo Streetfood will debut their new taco cart from 12-8 p.m. This Saturday kicks off the taco cart’s first summer. Expect it to be in operation, weather permitting, Saturdays and Sundays for the month of May, and then seven days a week for the summer.merry piglets cinco

If fajitas are more your style, stop in to Merry Piglets for two for one beef and chicken fajitas. Of course, crispy ground beef tacos are on sale for only 99 cents as well. Wash it down with two for one house margaritas or $3 Mexican draft beers.

Snake River Brewing loves an excuse to whip up some Jell-O shots, and Cinco de Mayo is one of them. Party on the lawn and enjoy some yard games in addition to Mexican themed food specials, tequila Jell-O shots and margaritas. Inside, the Kentucky Derby will be on the many televisions, and you can toast your favorite horse with mint juleps as well.srbp steak tacos

Over at the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill, start your celebrating with mint juleps from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Get in the competitive spirit with the derby pool and hat contest. Mexican food specials and $4 Mexican beers will be available all day, but the Silver Dollar really switches party hats around 5 p.m. Their famous bartender’s margarita will be just $6 from 5 p.m.-close, and live music with the Boondocks will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Planning a celebration at home? The Silver Dollar Bar generously shared the recipe to the bartender’s margarita years ago, and we resurrect it here for you today.

Bartender’s Margarita


  • 1 3/4 ounce Cuervo Gold Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Patrón Citronge
  • 4 ounce Margarita mix
  • 1/2 ounce float of Grand Marnier


  • Salt the rim of a 16 ounce glass and fill with ice.
  • Add ingredients and top with a squeeze of fresh lime.



About Author

Raised in the land of casseroles and deep fried cheese curds, Sam Simma left rural Wisconsin for the mountains of Wyoming in summer 2012. Her appetite for adventure is the only thing that rivals her passion for food. She has always used writing to document and critique her travel and dining experiences. Her warmest memories among family and friends have been associated with the food that was at the center of the occasion. From staging cooking shows with siblings to perfecting turtle brownies with her dad, today Sam enjoys connecting people over food by hosting cookie decorating parties, wine pairing nights, and Midwest-inspired potlucks. A dessert fanatic, she has come to impress friends and family with key lime pies, Oreo bon bons, and Snickers ice cream cakes that are far simpler than they could ever imagine. Shhh! Don’t tell.

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