Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Home or Hit Local Spots for Cinco de Mayo Fiestas! Patrón Cocktail & More!

As one of Patrón Tequila’s 2018’s Margarita of the Year finalists, the LA Margarita was curated by Los Angeles’ Jorge Ortega. The cocktail is handcrafted with chia seeds along the rim, a reflection of Jorge’s Mexican heritage, and lychee syrup– an authentic flavor found across LA. The margarita is available at the Liaison Restaurant and Lounge where Ortega serves as the mixologist.

La Margarita (finalist in the Patron Margarita of the Year- 2018)

Created by Jorge Ortega from Los Angeles, CA

la margarita

1.5 oz Patrón Reposado
.75 oz Patrón Citronge Orange
1 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Lychee Syrup (see recipe below)
.5 oz Ginger Syrup (such as Monin or Ginger Reál)
Whole lychee for garnish
Sprinkle of chia seeds and salt for rim


1. Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill.
2. Strain onto fresh ice in a glass rimmed with a 50/50 blend of chia seeds and
kosher salt.
3. Garnish with lychee.

*Lychee syrup:
Empty the complete contents of a can of peeled/pitted lychees into a blender.
Blend until completely liquefied, then strain through a mesh strainer to remove solids.

You can vote for Jorge Ortega and his La Margarita recipe or any of the finalists in the Margarita of the year contest. Watch the video to learn more!

Jorge Ortega works at Liason restaurant and lounge.














It’s Party Time! 

If you want a bigger (and louder) party atmosphere, here are a couple of places to check out:

Great Sips!!

There’s no better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than Hard Rock Café Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard! To give the holiday the rockin’ celebration it deserves, Hard Rock is offering a limited-time “secret word” special on its new Rockin’ Fresh Rita.




All guests of legal drinking age who visit Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard between May 1 – May 6 can order a Rockin’ Fresh Rita for only $5* by saying the secret word “ROCKIN’’” to their server. Hard Rock Cafe’s new Rockin’ Fresh Rita infuses all of the classic margarita flavors into a rock star-level cocktail prepared with silver tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and finished with a slightly spicy salt rim.

What: Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Debuts Rockin’ Fresh Rita and “Secret Word” Special for Cinco de Mayo
When: Tuesday, May 1 – Sunday, May 6, 2018, during business hours
Where: Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 105, Hollywood, CA 90028

For more information about Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, please visit http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/hollywood-on-hollywood-blvd/

* Offer valid at participating Hard Rock locations from May 1-6, 2018. All guests of legal drinking age can order a Rockin’ Fresh Rita for $5, regardless of knowing the secret word or not, where required by law. Please Drink Responsibly.



Fuego at Hotel Maya, Long Beach (waterfront!)
It’s a fiesta in Fuego at Hotel Maya during “Cinco De Maya” with a variety of drink and food specials and exciting giveaways throughout the day and live Mariachi and Latin music on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


“Fuego features a daylong celebration for ‘Cinco de Maya’ with plenty of delicious food and drink specials along with great piñata prizes,” said Kristi Allen, Vice President of Hotel Operations at Hotel Maya – a Doubletree by Hilton. “As a Latin influenced restaurant and lounge with a wide-ranging tequila selection Fuego is uniquely qualified to be the ‘Cinco de Maya’ headquarters in Downtown Long Beach, all at the water’s edge.”


Fuego, the modern, Latin-infused indoor-outdoor restaurant, and lounge, offers a unique seaside setting featuring 13-foot-tall glass walls that fully retract with seating inside and on the patio area. Fuego’s stunning open-air views include the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline, and Queen Mary.




Fuego’s fiesta favorites for “Cinco de Maya” include:

– Live Mariachi band from 12-4 p.m.
– Live Latin music by Silky Riot from 5-9 p.m.

Street Taco Station offering tacos for $3 each with the choice of cilantro jalapeno carne asada, tequila lime chicken, mahi-mahi and marinated beef barbacoa, along with cilantro, onions, pickled cabbage, tomato-arbol chili sauce, fired roasted tomato sauce, and jalapeno cream sauce, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Elote Callejero Station with roasted Mexican corn on the cob for $2.50 each with mayo, cotija, tajin and chili sauce, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Free crisp tortilla chips and fresh homemade salsa from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
– Fuego specialty margaritas, $8,
Modelo Especial Draft beers, $4,
Corona beers, $3,
Buckets of Beers with various brands, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

– Piñata competitions with an assortment of prizes including Fuego gift cards, Fuego Sunday Brunch for two certificates, Margarita drink coupons, Fuego Mexican candy, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

For “Cinco De Maya” reservations or information, please call 562-481-3910 or visit http://www.facebook.com/fuegolongbeach. Fuego restaurant is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Fuego lounge is open daily at 11 a.m. to midnight.

Hotel Maya – a DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802.
For additional information or to make room reservations, please call 562-435-7676, visit http://www.hotelmayalongbeach.com or like http://www.facebook.com/hotelmaya.


You have a great cocktail you can mix up. You can head out to Hollywood for an amazing margarita for an astonishingly great price! OR you can head down to the Queen Mary Harbor and party on at FUEGO at the Hotel Maya !!

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