Cinco to go: How to host the ultimate fiesta in your home for Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo (aka Drinko de Mayo) is upon us, but do you know the real meaning behind the holiday? Often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day (Sept 16), Cinco de Mayo actually honors Mexico’s victory during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. The holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, and since we can’t hit the streets to celebrate, here’s how you can throw a #CincoAtHome fiesta to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday, all while supporting the restaurant industry.

1. Good food to go

We’ve compiled a list of local bars and restaurants offering take-out and delivery services below. Corona partnered with Postmates and will be offering free delivery on May 5 between 10 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. with the code CINCOATHOME. Things are constantly changing, so make sure to call in advance to confirm availability and ask about Taco Tuesday specials.

South San Diego

710 Beach Club, Pacific Beach
Rockin Baja, Old Town
Cafe Coyote, Old Town
King & Queen Cantina, Little Italy

McGregor’s Alehouse, Mission Valley
Karina’s Mexican Seafood, Bonita & National City
Papagayos, Eastlake
TJ Oyster Bar, Bonita
Baja Oyster & Sushi Bar, Imperial Beach
Casa de Pico, La Mesa

Murrietas, Bonita
Murrietas Yelp
Hacienda Casa Blanca, El Cajon
Casa Machado, Kearny Mesa
The Smoking Gun, downtown

North San Diego

Las Olas, Carlsbad
En Fuego Cantina, Del Mar
Rookies Sports Bar, Oceanside
Players Sports Grill, Poway & San Marcos
Rockin Baja, Oceanside
Culichi Town, Vista
El Rinconcito, Vista
Norte, Vista

Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, Carlsbad
Barrio, Carlsbad
Cocina del Charro, Escondido

2. Beers and cheers

Here are some drinks to spice up your (at-home) fiesta.

Pacifico - keep it simple with a nice cold can.

Modelo Mango Chile Michelada - just add Tajin or salt on the rim and pour over ice! Post a photo of your Modelo on May 5 in support of first responders by “raising a beer in their honor” with the hashtag #CincUp and Modelo will donate $1 (up to $500,000) to the #FirstRepondersFirst initiative.

Corona Hard Seltzer - choose between lime, mango, cherry or blackberry lime.

3. Taco ‘bout a good time!

Play some mariachi or other Mexican music to set the mood for your (at-home) fiesta. Or, watch the livestream benefit concert hosted by Corona featuring electronic artist Dillon Francis and Diplo on May 5, at 9 a.m. EST via Twitter (@LiveNation) as well as “Live from Home”, Live Nation’s Virtual Concert Hub. For every viewer that joins the virtual celebration, Corona will donate $1 to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF), up to $500,000.