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Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching. Do you know what you’re going to drink? Tequila is king during this celebration, and with spring in full swing, the best Cinco de Mayo drinks are fun and breezy. Margaritas, Palomas and other refreshing cocktails will get you going throughout the entire day, but if you want to make this year something special, these are 10 drinks that will help you commemorate the victory at the Battle of Puebla in new ways.
1. Grapefruit Tequila Slammer
Love Palomas? This slight take on the cocktail is for you. This cocktail swaps out grapefruit-flavored Squirt for a lemon-lime soda and adds fresh grapefruit juice for a nice sweet and slightly bitter taste. No salt needed.
Tequila doesn’t have to hog all of the fun; mezcal can celebrate Cinco de Mayo too. This drink is a Bay Area cocktail that’s becoming a favorite beyond the West Coast. You’ll want to make this smoky riff on the classic Paloma at least once on the special day.
3. Mexican Mule
A mix on a Shandy and a Salty Dog, this cocktail brings together beer, grapefruit juice, tequila and citrus for a refreshing drink that you can have all day.
4. Sour Green Apple Margarita
Jalapeño is certainly a favorite of the Margarita lover, so it makes its way again into a Marg recipe on this list. This drink plays with tartness and spice with jalapeño simple syrup and green apple juice. Grand Marnier gives a nice sweetness to balance out the other flavors. Definitely put this one on your to-do list on May 5.
5. Blackberry Sage Tequila Smash
There’s no better time for a fresh berry drink. This cocktail takes bold flavors from the blackberries and sage for a refreshing sweet and herbal drink that sounds just right for sitting on the porch and relaxing the day away.
6. Mexican Mimosa
Who cares if the 5th of May lands on a Thursday? Celebrate the occasion with a breakfast cocktail. This drink takes tequila, simple, grapefruit juice and sparkling wine for a simple combination that’s perfect with your morning pancakes.
No tequila here—just vodka. This cocktail combines cucumber vodka, simple syrup, lime juices and watermelon for the perfect hot-weather drink. Can you think of anything more refreshing than that?
8. Milk Maid
If you want something more creamy for your celebration, this tequila drink is right up your alley. Cream of coconut is joined by cucumber, sugar and lime juices, and the result is a cocktail that’s thick, refreshing and gone way too quickly.
9. Fresh & Spicy Rose Water Margarita
Ready for something floral? Add some rose water! This cocktail takes on the sweet, dainty notes of rose water and adds some (you guessed it) jalapeño into the mix for some extra depth. Sweet, spicy and floral? What else do you need?
The Paloma is a classic Mexican cocktail made with lime juice, tequila and grapefruit soda. Scott Baird, the mixologist who created this drink for Comal in Berkeley, makes his version with smoky mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice and Cocchi Americano, the sweet Italian aperitif wine.
Man, I could really go for a Mexican Mule cocktail right now. We are in the process of looking for a new apartment and things are starting to feel a little stressful. The housing market isn’t great around here unless you’re selling so this hasn’t been terribly fun thus far. I’m eager to just find a place but I’m really not looking forward to the packing, cleaning, moving, and unpacking process that is yet to come. So like I said, I could use a fun cocktail!
I’m sticking with the mule theme but today I’m mixing things up and using tequila and grapefruit instead of the usual vodka and lime. I always recommend using a tequila that is 100% agave for a drink that tastes silky smooth. I normally go for a tequila blanco but a friend just gave me some Herradura which is a reposado style tequila and is aged in oak barrels for 11 months so I used that. The Herradura gave it a slightly caramely taste that I really liked, but you could go with any type you like. Whatever you choose, the Mexican Mule cocktail is pretty delicious and would be a perfect Cinco de Mayo drink!
- 2 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- Ginger beer
- Simple syrup or agave if desired
- Add the tequila and grapefruit juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well and then strain into a highball or rocks glass.
- Add ice to the glass and then top off with ginger beer.
- Add simple syrup or agave if needed.
If you’re looking for a cocktail with that little extra something, try making a firecracker. In fact, on the Fourth of July it may actually be your patriotic duty to make and share one of these cocktails with friends and family.
- 4 ounces cucumber infused vodka
- 4 1-inch cubes of seedless watermelon
- 2 limes, diced
- 2 ounces simple syrup, Boil 1/4 cup water and sugar just until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup ice to cool – refrigerate leftovers
- Combine vodka, watermelon and lime in a cocktail shaker. Muddle all ingredients well. Add simple syrup, fill with ice, cover and shake until ice cold.
- Rim the glasses with a cut lime and dip in the lime rim mixture.
- Fill the glasses with ice and pour the ingredients from the shaker into the glasses.
- Garnish with a watermelon slice, a cucumber slice and a mint sprig.