6 ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo when you can’t go anywhere

Stock up on tacos, order a margarita kit, and take virtual classes in traditional Mexican cooking.

Cinco de Mayo kit at Loco
Cinco de Mayo kit at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar. –Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

The way we celebrate special occasions now looks drastically different than it did pre-coronavirus. Easter and Passover saw meals and traditions held over Zoom. Patriots Day celebrations were cancelled and replaced with virtual alternatives. And while Cinco de Mayo, a day meant to commemorate the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, has morphed into a rowdy day of taco and margarita consumption, it, too, will be moved indoors this year.

Forge ahead: There are still ways to safely celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday, as local restaurants offer taco packages, margarita kits, and virtual parties. Here are a few options:

1. Pick up a tacos at Cósmica’s one-day pop-up.

A taco at Cósmica
A taco at Cósmica. —Cósmica

Cósmica debuted a little over a month before COVID-19 hit, with chef Colton Coburn-Wood bringing innovative, modern Mexican food and drink to the South End’s Revolution Hotel. The restaurant and bar has remained closed since the dine-in ban was first issued, but it will reopen with a bang for a one-day pop-up on Cinco de Mayo. Until May 3, diners can order taco kits that serve three to four people; a medley of guacamole, chips, and salsa; and quarts of fresh margarita mix. Contactless pickup is available on May 5 from noon to 5 p.m.; orders can be placed here.

2. Swing by Loco for a Cinco de Mayo party in a box.

Anyone looking to go beyond just tacos can order Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar‘s Cinco Box, a one-stop-shop that includes everything needed for a festive Cinco de Mayo party. Inside the box, diners will find eight tacos, guacamole, chips and salsa, wings, sheet pan nachos, a margarita kit, and a six-pack of Mexican beer. The package also comes with a bottle of Loco’s hot sauce plus mini piñatas, Loco sunglasses, koozies, and more swag. The restaurant will stream live tunes from DJ Ryan Brown on Tuesday for your party’s entertainment needs. Each Cinco Box costs $150, serves four to six people, and can be picked up on May 5 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call 617-917-5626 to place your order.

3. Pre-order Citrus & Salt’s new Fiesta Box.


Back Bay Mexican restaurant Citrus & Salt will start offering takeout and delivery on Tuesday, and it’s kicking things off with a Cinco de Mayo-centric package. The Fiesta Box serves two and includes your choice of three types of tacos, plus chips, guacamole, and churros. Need something to wash it all down? The restaurant will have a number of margarita kits on the menu, including a house margarita mix, prickly pear-infused Beautiful Liar mix, and coconut and pomegranate Tequila Take the Wheel mix. Pre-orders begin May 1; note that Fiesta Boxes and margarita mixes are not available through Uber Eats.

4. Quench your thirst with a margarita kit.

Speaking of margarita kits: There’s an influx of them now being sold around Boston, with the caveat that you need to provide your own tequila. In the Seaport, Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge offers cocktail kits, including one for its spicy guava margarita — complete with an entire cantaloupe to serve it in. Barbara Lynch’s The Butcher Shop lists a grapefruit margarita mix on its takeout menu, Bartaco sells its house-made margarita mix for four people, and Alcove offers a quart of margarita mix for pickup or delivery. And at Yellow Door Taqueria‘s Dorchester and South End locations, house margarita, jalapeño margarita, and coconut margarita kits are all available for pickup. (Feeling extra festive? Yellow Door also offers a Text a Taco feature, which you can use to text a friend a gift for a $5 taco.)

5. Attend a virtual Cinco de Mayo party at Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co.

Zoom doesn’t take a break for Cinco de Mayo. At Landsdowne Street’s Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co., the holiday will be celebrated virtually, with a Zoom party on May 5 at 9 p.m. Whip up a batch of margaritas as Boston DJs Ryan Nichols, DJ Tao, and Danny Donuts provide the beats. Attendees with the most festive living room getup will win prizes — including a trip to Tulum, Mexico (which can be redeemed once we’re allowed to travel again). The shindig is free, but you can sign up here.

6. Learn how to make Mexican street tacos, salsas, and desserts at home.


In early April, Airbnb launched Airbnb Online Experiences, an at-home iteration of Airbnb Experiences meant to bring cooking, fitness, music, and entertainment classes into the comfort of your living room. If you’re hoping to cook your own Cinco de Mayo feast without utilizing pickup or delivery, there are a few classes on Airbnb that can help. Learn how to make Mexican street tacos; cook traditional salsas using roasted, raw, and fried methods; and delve into three types of Mexican desserts. Classes range from $9 to $19 per person.

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