One of the best things about Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, is that it can be celebrated the healthy way meal-wise and still stay true to its Mexican flavor. Instead of going heavy on the cheese dip and Coronas, why not focus on fresh guacamole and lime? If you haven’t given tonight’s menu a thought yet, not to worry. Here are a few quick and easy Cinco de Mayo recipes that feature an unexpected ally—the pomegranate, rich in antioxidants and potassium. We’ll drink to that! If you can’t get it together in time for tonight, these refreshing drinks make for fabulous sips all season long. And you can’t go wrong with guac—ever—just don’t overdo it on the chips.

Chef Katie Chin’s Pomegranate Guacamole (makes 4 servings)


2 ripe avocados, skin and pit removed

Zest and juice of 1 lime

1 small red onion, finely chopped

1 large jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

Kosher salt to taste

Tortilla chips or pita chips

1/2 cup arils (seed sacs) from POM Wonderful Pomegranates or 1/2 cup POM POMS Fresh Arils


1. Prepare fresh pomegranate arils, if necessary.*

2. In a medium mixing bowl, mash the avocado and stir in the lime zest and juice, red onion, jalapeño and garlic. Season to taste with salt.

3. Stir in the arils.

4. Serve with tortilla or pita chips.

*To prepare fresh arils, score pomegranate and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate under water to free the arils. They will sink to the bottom of the bowl, and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the arils and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)

Cinco de Mango


1 oz POM Mango

1.5 oz tequila

.75 oz fresh lime juice

.5 oz agave syrup

3 dashes Hellfire Bitters (habanero)

Lime wheels


Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake and strain over ice. Garnish with lime wheels.

Dragon’s Punch


1 oz POM Coconut

1.5 oz vodka (recommend green tea-infused vodka, e.g., Charbay)

.75 oz basil syrup

.75 oz fresh lime juice

5 dashes angostura bitters

Crushed ice


Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake and pour over crushed ice.