5 Mexican-Inspired Desserts to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
You could simply end your Cinco de Mayo dinner with a really delicious mezcal cocktail, but that would be ignoring the rich variety of Mexican sweets. Instead, why don't you make the classic Tres Leches Cake and class it up with coconut or fry a batch of Churros, which we've made into more than just a street snack by adding an indulgent dulce de leche dipping sauce. Sound good? Check out those ideas and more below.
Churros with Chocolate-Dulce de Leche Dip
Churros are popular in many countries and for good reason: they're long, crisp, ridged lengths of deep-fried and sugar-coated dough. These are made extra special by the accompanying rich, caramely dulce de leche dip.
Flan de Caramelo (Caramel Flan)
There is a reason that flan is on almost any Mexican-American dessert menu: done right, it's extremely delicious. That means a slightly jiggly, smooth, cream-colored custard that's doused in just enough toffee-like burnt sugar caramel to create a sweet, rich contrast.
Tres Leches de Coco (Coconut Tres Leches Cake):
Like any good tres leches cake, this is a sponge cake super-saturated with coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, and thick cream. But unlike others, this has a toasted coconut meringue topping.
Flan de Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding Flan)
Rice pudding and flan are two popular Mexican desserts, so why not serve them together? Sweetened condensed milk is the backdrop flavor, lifted up by the flavors of orange zest, raisins, cinnamon, and caramelized sugar.
Spicy Pineapple Tequila Sorbet
Instead of just drinking your tequila, try using it to make this complex, fruity-spicy sorbet. Lightly roasting the pineapples draws out their sweetness while Aleppo pepper adds both heat and a fruity kick.