What do Mint Juleps and Margaritas have in common? Very little, except that you can down both of them in scandalous quanities if you plan your weekend right. Saturday park yourself in a place where you can watch the horses run in the Kentucky Derby (broadcast begins at 4 p.m.) , then Sunday watch as the denizens revel in the Mexican army’s victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla in1862 which has snowballed into a huge celebration of all things Mexican (with special emphasis on its alcohol). Here are five venues for a weekend of jockeys and charros and sun bonnets and sombreros.
Get in on the Kentucky Derby action at the tony Bourbon Steak inside the Turnberry Isle Resort with $5 mint juleps, prizes for the most creative hats and complimentary southern-style canapés including Louisiana-style hot wings, foie gras torchon and bacon & corn fritters. 19999 West Country Club Dr, Aventura; 786-279-6600
2. Gulfstream Park
Gulfstream Park knows a thing or two about Kentucky Derby contenders; more than a few have raced or wintered there. The Kentucky Derby celebration begins at 11 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat buffet ($40 per person), plus giveaways, official Kentucky Derby merchandise, a women’s hat contest, Mint Juleps in souvenir glasses, and five chances to win a $300 wager on the 139th Kentucky Derby. 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-378-0900.
3. Calder Casino & Race Course
Calder Casino & Race Course will host a full day of live racing, with first post at 12:50 p.m. plus a variety of dining, entertainment and simulcast wagering options leading up to the Kentucky Derby, which is scheduled for 6:24 p.m. Another race to take place on Derby day sees media personalities racing in a 100-yard dash to benefit the charity of their choice. There will be the requisite hat contest, drink specials and giveaways. 21001 NW 27th Avenue, Miami Gardens; 305-625-1311
4. Fête du Cinco de Mayo
Jaguar Ceviche and local French eateries like Lulu, Le Bouchon du Grove and George’s in the Grove tip their hat to the victorious Mexican army this Sunday at this festival in Coconut Grove to commemorate the Battle of Puebla and tip their hat (or raise a glass) to the victors. Jaguar Ceviche will feature a menu with Mexican fare and all the participating locales will offer drink specials, entertainment and fun. 3067 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove.
5. Brickell Fest
The second annual Cinco de Mayo Brickell Fest takes over the neighborhood on Sunday from noon until 11 p.m. with mariachis, margaritas and Mexican bites plus a mechanical bull. $28 per person, 1001 S Miami Ave, Miami.