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10 Must-Have Drinks For Cinco De Mayo

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Shake things up this Cinco de Mayo with some edgy drinks that’ll no doubt be the highlight of your night. We all love tacos, but wouldn’t they be better with a cool glass of tequila to wash it down!? Here’s our list of the top 10 must-have drinks for the occasion. With 5 to 10 minute prep time, these drinks will refresh your guests and give you that buzz to celebrate all night long!


1. Mango Margarita

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How To Make It:

Step 1

Spread the chile powder in a dish. Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with the lime wedge; dip the rim in the chile powder to coat.

Step 2

In a blender, puree the mango.

Step 3

Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into the glass and serve.


2. Blood Orange Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 1 quart fresh blood orange juice or fresh orange juice (about 12 blood oranges or 8 large navel oranges)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice (about 12 limes)
  • 1 1/2 cups Cointreau or other triple sec
  • 3 1/2 cups silver tequila
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 blood orange or orange wedge, plus 12 thin blood orange or orange slices
  • Ice
  • 1 dozen small sage sprigs or leaves

How To Make It:

Step 1    

In a large pitcher, mix the blood orange juice with the lime juice, Cointreau and silver tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.

Step 2    

Spread a small mound of salt on a small plate. Moisten the outer rim of 12 martini glasses with the orange wedge, then dip the rims into the salt to lightly coat.

Step 3    

Add ice to the pitcher and stir well, then strain into the prepared glasses. Garnish each margarita with a blood orange slice and a sage sprig and serve.

Make Ahead

The margarita recipe can be prepared through Step 1 and refrigerated, covered, overnight.

3. Grapefruit Tequila Slammer

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Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 ounces lemon lime soda
  • garnish with additional grapefruit

How To Make It:

Step 1:

Add all ingredients to glass with ice. To get it to fizz up and mix, cover top of glass with your hand and give it a good “slam” against the countertop (wood works better than stone if you enjoy drinks free of broken glass).


4. Mexican Mule

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Ice
  • Simple syrup or agave if desired

How To Make It:

Step 1

Add the tequila and grapefruit juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and then strain into a highball or rocks glass.

Step 2

Add ice to the glass and then top off with ginger beer.

Step 3

Add simple syrup or agave if needed.


5. Mexican Mimosa

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Ingredients:

  • ounce tequila 
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup 
  • ounces grapefruit juice 
  • ounces dry white sparkling wine

How To Make It:

Step 1    

Pour tequila, simple syrup and grapefruit juice in champagne glass and stir gently to combine.

Step 2    

Add chilled sparkling wine and serve immediately.


6. Firecracker

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Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Prairie Cucumber Vodka
  • 4 (1-inch) cubes of seedless watermelon
  • 2 limes, diced
  • 2 oz simple syrup (Boil 1/4 cup water and sugar just until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup ice to cool – refrigerate leftovers)

How To Make It:

Step 1    

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.

Step 2

Rim the glasses with a cut lime and dip in the lime rim mixture.

Step 3

Fill the glasses with ice and strain the ingredients from the shaker into the glasses.

Step 4

Garnish with a watermelon slice, a cucumber slice and a mint sprig.

To Garnish

  • Lime Rim (equal amounts salt and sugar combined with some fresh grated lime)
  • 2 Watermelon Slices
  • 2 cucumber slices
  • 2 small mint sprigs

7. Fresh & Spicy Rose Water Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 3-Ounces White Tequila (Blanco) – Spicy, if Desired
  • 1-Ounce Grand Marnier (or Other Orange-Flavored Liqueur)
  • 2-Ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1-Ounce Rose Water (~ Make sure you use “food grade”!)
  • (Optional) Splash of Cold Water – I like mine a little diluted : )
  • For Garnish: Extra Lime Slices, Pink Himalayan Salt, Rosebuds, Jalapeño Slices

How To Make It:

Step 1

If you want to spice your tequila, add a slice of jalapeño to a bottle or jar. The tequila will take on the flavor quickly, so you only need to let it marinate for an hour or two (if that), when using a small jar.

Step 2

Rim your glass with lime juice from the extra lime slices, and salt, if desired. Set aside.

Step 3

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice and rose water. Shake well. Strain into glass.

Step 4

Garnish!


8. Agave Negro

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Ingredients:

  • 3 blackberries
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 ounce Chambord
  • 1 ounce chilled club soda

How To Make It:

Step 1

Skewer one blackberry and the lime wheel on a pick. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the remaining 2 blackberries.

Step 2

Add the ice, tequila, lime juice, Simple Syrup and Chambord.

Step 3

Shake well and pour into a rocks glass.

Step 4

Stir in the club soda and garnish with the skewered blackberry and lime wheel.


9. Paloma

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lime wedge
  • Kosher salt (optional)
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 ounce chilled club soda
  • 1 lime wedge, for garnish

How To Make It:

Step 1

Moisten the outer rim of a highball glass with a lime wedge and coat lightly with salt. Fill the glass with ice.

Step 2

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the tequila, grapefruit and lime juices and Simple Syrup; shake well.

Step 3

Strain into the glass, stir in the club soda and garnish with a lime wedge.


10. Rio-Style Ginger Beer Floats

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pint mango sorbet
  • 2 cups chilled fresh orange juice
  • 2 bottles chilled ginger beer
  • 4 ripe passion fruits, halved

How To Make It:

Step 1

Scoop 1/2 cup of mango sorbet into each of 4 tall glasses and then add 1/2 cup of the orange juice to each glass

Step 2

Pour in the ginger beer

Step 3

Scoop the seeds from the passion fruits on top and serve immediately with long straws.



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