Posted May 5, 2013 by Amy in Features

Movies & Margaritas: Favorite Films for Cinco de Mayo


A great movie, a little Patrón – what more could you want this Cinco de Mayo?

It’s Cinco de Mayo, my friends – that wonderful time of year where we celebrate Mexican culture and/or the art of a fine margarita. Whatever you’re celebrating today, a movie marathon with a little Mexican flavor is an oh, so right way to kick back and enjoy. Check out our favorites below.

The Mexican Trilogy
This one’s an easy favorite of the whole team. Technically, it’s three movies – but that’s just more bang for your buck, right? The Mexico Trilogy (also known as the Mariachi or Desperado trilogy) features three great films that were written, directed, and produced by Robert Rodriguez.  El Mariachi tells the tale of two men with guitar cases and a case of mistaken identity that will change one mariachis life forever. Desperado continues the tale, with El Mariachi again going up against a legion of criminals who want nothing more than his death. Once Upon a Time In Mexico concludes the trilogy, with El Mariachi being recruited by the CIA in a plot to assassinate a ruthless drug lord. Guns, drugs, and beautiful women – The Mexican Trilogy has all the makings of a great movie marathon, all on its own.


Three Amigos
A great film for a little comedy relief, Three Amigos stars three classic comedic actors who shine in this mostly lighthearted feel-good story. Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase star as a trio of silent film actors who are mistaken for actual heroes by the desperate people of a Mexican village held hostage by the sinister El Guapo. It’s a comedy of errors and unlikely coincidence, and it makes for one heck of a fun (and family friendly) watch.


When a peaceful Mayan tribe is beset by attacks from brutal warriors seeking victims for human sacrifice, one brave tribesman hides his family and sets off to fight. Though he is captured and destined for a bloody end, a combination of determination and a fortuitous solar eclipse gives this peaceful man turned desperate killer a chance to save all he holds dear. Both produced and directed by Mel Gibson, Apocalypto is set in Guatemala, but was actually filmed in Mexico.


Casa de Mi Padre
If you’re looking for something a little more contemporary, look no farther than Casa de Mi Padre. Starring Will Ferrell as a Mexican man who must save his family’s struggling ranch from a powerful drug lord. While it won’t likely show up in any “best of” lists, it’s a solid choice for some easy laughs that won’t make you think too much. It’s a Will Ferrell film – if you like his other stuff, you’ll likely feel right at home with this one.


The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
This one’s a classic – and it even made iMDB’s top 250 films list (coming in at a respectable #76), and was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registery. Made in 1948 by John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is an adaption of the book by the same name.   The film follows the tale of two Americans who throw in with an old prospector to travel to the Sierra Madre mountains and hunt for gold. Their adventure is beset with problems ranging from bandits to greed to unexpected arrivals.


So you’ve got your films picked out and the popcorn is popping, now it’s time to take care of the drinks. It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without a great margarita, and we’ve got an authentic recipe that is easy to make and oh, so delicious. Mas margaritas, por favor!
Patrón Perfect Margaritas

1 1/2 oz. Patrón Reposado tequila
1/2 oz. Patrón Citrónge orange liquer
2 oz. sweet and sour mix
Juice from 1/2 orange
Juice from 1/2 lime

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine Reposado, Citrónge, juices, and sweet & sour mix. Shake well, strain, and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with wedge of lime.



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