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


This weekend offers up two thematic events to celebrate with food and drink. On Saturday, get the party started with the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, and follow up the festivities with Cinco de Mayo on Sunday. 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 a combo tasting to kick off the weekend, tonight, from 4-6 p.m. Try a sip or swig of Herradura Silver, Reposado and Anejo tequilas, as well as Woodford Reserve and Woodford Rye. Today only, get 15% off a these featured liquors. As an added bonus: the first six bottles of Woodford Reserve purchased will also receive a silver mint julep cup.hatch cinco

Then, Saturday night, Hatch Taqueria and Tequilas is kicking off the Kentucky Derby partying with Jackson Hole Babe Force’s 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Dance Party. From 7-11:30 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. Enter the silent auction online for your chance to win prizes from Arcteryx, Teton Village Sports, Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis and more!

Need to actually get some weekend errands done? Swing into Jackson Whole Grocer any time on Sunday, all day, for two house made tacos and a beer for only $5. That’s a lot of Cinco de Mayo in $5! If that’s not enough, though, drafts of Pacifico are $1. jwg tacos

Speaking of tacos, our favorite downtown taco stop, Merry Piglets, is offering $0.99 ground beef tacos, and your last chance for two-for-one fajitas and margaritas on Cindo de Mayo.

Meanwhile, StillWest Brewery & Grill is celebrating two things on Sunday: Cindo de Mayo and reopening for the summer season! On that note, enjoy bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., or a $5 margarita. merry piglets cinco

Snake River Brewing loves an excuse to through some tequila behind the bar, and Cinco de Mayo is one of them. Enjoy Mexican-themed food specials, margaritas and yard games on the lawn (weather permitting). Saturday, the Kentucky Derby will be on the many televisions, and you can toast your favorite horse with themed specials…did someone say mint juleps?srbp steak tacos

Over at the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill, Cinco de Mayo isn’t complete without their famous bartender’s margarita. Rather celebrate 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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