Tacos and mojitos are the perfect pairing, with the crisp flavors of the rum drink providing a refreshing counterpoint to the heat of the tacos. Celebrate summer’s arrival by hosting a backyard party that highlights these two warm-weather favorites. The menu makes a stylish departure from typical summer fare like burgers and beer. And since both the mojitos and tacos can be customized to individual tastes, everyone’s sure to find something they like.
We consulted with Tony Salto of San Francisco’s popular Tortilla Heights restaurant to put together this quintessential summer party. For his tips on making grilled fish and steak tacos, plus all the traditional accompaniments, be sure to check out our videos and printable versions of his recipes. We also created a downloadable invitation and iPod playlist to help you set the stage for a memorable gathering.
A self-serve mojito bar is a great approach to cocktails because it frees you up to raise your own glass and join the fun. Use colorful table linens like our Paisley Blockprint Collection to create a festive look, and select barware that’s appropriate to the occasion. Hand-blown from recycled glass, our Twist Collection includes a pitcher for rum and soda water and a mojito glass with thick walls that make it perfect for muddling mint - and keeping drinks icy cold longer.
Present the other ingredients for your mojitos in rustic yet stylish serveware like our Galvanized Collection. The Mini Pitcher can be filled with simple syrup, and the Mini Buckets are perfectly sized to hold quartered limes and sliced fruit like watermelon and mango, a delicious addition to the classic mojito. Filled with whole limes and bunches of fresh mint, the Tiered Stand becomes a colorful centerpiece. Other essential tools include a Lime Squeezer and Wooden Muddlers for mashing up fruit and mint.
For a personal touch, identify the contents of each pitcher on a hand-lettered label attached with twine, and provide mixing directions for the mojitos on a recipe card. The book Margaritas, Mojitos and More offers some great options, including a Classic Mojito and a delicious Watermelon Mojito recipes - available here for downloading.
As a non-alcoholic alternative to the mojitos, whip up a batch of aguas frescas, the traditional Mexican fruit drink. Serve the punch in our clear Acrylic Drink Dispenser, and stack plenty of barware nearby.
The key to making tacos for a crowd is to do as much advance preparation as possible. Several hours before the party begins, marinate the fish and steak for the tacos, and slice up some Monterey Jack cheese. Prepare your guacamole, pico de gallo and chipotle cole slaw according to Tony Salto’s easy directions, and store each in a covered glass dish in the refrigerator. Pre-cut several dozen 10” square sheets of wax paper for wrapping the tacos.
Your guest list and the size of your space will determine the best seating arrangement for your party. If space allows, you may choose to serve your tacos at one large dining table or at several smaller café tables placed around the patio. The casual nature of this party also lends itself easily to a buffet, with the tacos and their accompaniments arranged on one large central table and seating scattered all around your patio or deck.
Select tableware that echoes your party’s “South of the Border” theme. Our Talavera Melamine captures the authentic look of handmade Talavera ceramics but in break-proof, easy-care form. The collection includes a serving platter and salad plates that are perfectly sized for tacos. Like Mexican glassware, our Baja Outdoor Collection has traditional shapes and colorful rims. But since it’s made from durable plastic, you never have to worry about breakage. Crafted with handles that resemble stalks of bamboo, our Bamboo Flatware is actually made of machine-washable resin.
Colorful table linens are the simplest way to add style to an outdoor gathering. The vibrant botanical motifs on our Paisley Blockprint Linens are created entirely by hand by artisans who soak carved blocks in dye, then impress the blocks onto fabric to create a continuous pattern. Watch our video on setting a great taco & mojito party table with celebrity designer and Pottery Barn Style Expert Nathan Turner.
Selecting break-resistant dinnerware for an outdoor party doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. Our Talavera Melamine dishes and serving pieces feature lively patterns and colors inspired by traditional Mexican ceramics. We layered the salad plates over our red and blue Sausalito Melamine dinner plates for a casually eclectic look.
Offered in a wide array of shapes and sizes, our Galvanized Metal serving pieces make outdoor entertaining a breeze. Their handsome, weathered finish mixes easily with other colors and textures and is impervious to the elements. Present the fixings for your mojito bar in the collection’s mini buckets and pitchers. Use the triple condiment holder for dips or an assortment of salsas, and keep bottled drinks cool in the party bucket.
The right glassware is essential for stylish entertaining. Our recycled glass Twist Collection includes a pitcher and an authentic mojito glass, with a tall, narrow shape that’s perfect for this cool, refreshing drink. If you prefer the ease of break-proof glasses, choose a collection like our Baja Outdoor Stemware. Crafted with colorful rims that echo the look of traditional Mexican glassware, it includes a water goblet, margarita glass and highball.
Bar tools are another must for a successful mojito party. Nothing matches the taste of fresh-squeezed lime juice, so make sure you have several of our lime squeezers on hand. Your guests will also need muddlers to crush the fruit and mint at the bottom of their mojito glass before adding rum and soda water. Our set of three Eclectic Muddlers is carved from wood in three unique profiles that add style and character to your table.