These Cinco de Mayo Drinks Are Muy Delicioso

Cinco de Mayo is kind of an odd holiday. First off, it is not Mexico’s Independence Day (that’s September 16th). Rather, it commemorates Mexico’s 1862 victory over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla. It was an impressive underdog victory for the outgunned and outnumbered Mexican army, and has long served as a patriotic symbol for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.

These days, Cinco de Mayo is a general celebration of Mexican and Mexican-American culture and heritage. It’s a much bigger deal in the U.S. than it is in Mexico — maybe because every day in Mexico is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Like most holidays, Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to drink a considerable amount of alcohol — so let’s get started, shall we? Here are some unique Cinco de Mayo drinks to try.

1. Spicy MargaritaMARG_SPICY_121113_burned

Courtesy of Cointreau

  • 2 oz. Blanco tequila
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 2 slices jalapeno
  • Pinch of cilantro

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Shake and strain into an iced rocks glass. Garnish with cilantro and jalapeno spiral.

2. The Berry MargaritaMARG_BERRY_121113_burned

Courtesy of Cointreau

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. blackberries

Directions:

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a sugar-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with 2 blackberries on a silver toothpick

3. The Piña MargaritaMARG_PINA_121113_burned

Courtesy of Cointreau

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice

Directions:

Muddle fresh pineapple in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake. Strain over ice in a cinnamon-sugar rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge

4. Spicy Raspberry MargaritaSpicy_Raspberry_Margarita_converted_burned

Courtesy of el Jimador Tequila

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. el Jimador Reposado
  • 0.5 oz. Chambord
  • 1 oz. Sprite
  • 2 oz. sour mix
  • 3 dashes of Tabasco

Directions:

Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Pour into margarita glass rimmed with spicy salt. Garnish with a lime wedge.

5. Tamarind PalomaTamarind Paloma

Courtesy of el Jimador Tequila

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. of el Jimador blanco
  • 1.5 oz. Bohemia beer
  • 0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. tamarind syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Directions:

Shake all ingredients (except the Bohemia beer) with ice, then pour over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Fill rest of glass with Bohemia beer.

Related: National Margarita Day Has Come Again!

6. The Horseshoe MargaritaHorseshoe_Margarita_burned

Courtesy of Herradura Tequila

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Tequila Herradura Silver
  • 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 0.5-0.75 part agave nectar (to taste)

Directions: 

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake hard so that some of the ice melts, then strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

7. Herradura VesuvioHerradura Vesuvio

Courtesy of Herradura Tequila

Ingredients:

  •  2 oz. Herradura Silver
  •  0.75 oz. red pepper juice
  •  0.5 oz. lime juice
  •  0.25 oz. Cholula hot sauce
  •  0.25 oz. agave nectar

Directions:

Rim a coupe glass with cayenne pepper and salt mix. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into the chilled coupe glass.

8. Smoky SageSmoky Sage

Courtesy of Megan of Moloko in Portland, OR

Ingredients:

  • 1 sprig muddled sage
  • 0.75 oz lime
  • 0.75 oz ginger simple
  • 1.5 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal

Directions:

Shake and strain over ice in a Collins glass. Top with soda and garnish with fresh sage.

9. Jimi PunchJimi Punch 1

Courtesy of el Jimador Tequila

Ingredients (20 servings):

  • 1 bottle el Jimador Silver
  • 1 bottle Korbel Champagne
  • 6 oz. Campari
  • 6 oz. agave Syrup
  • 1 liter orange juice
  • 0.25 liter lemon juice
  • 1 orange cut into slices
  • 1 tray of raspberries

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl and add lots of ice. Stir, cover, and leave to sit 20 mins before serving. Stir occasionally afterward.

10. St. RitaStRita_burned (2)

Courtesy of St. Germain

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 3⁄4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions: 

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Enjoy these Cinco de Mayo drinks responsibly!