5 Cinco de Mayo Cocktails
The day commemorates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle Of Puebla.
Celebrations now take place across the globe with Mexican fiestas overflowing with tequila and tacos as themed events take over town.
To help you get in the Cinco de Mayo mood, whether you’re heading out or raising a glass from the comfort of your home, here’s five Mexican infused cocktail recipes for you to enjoy.
Arguably the most related cocktail to Cinco de Mayo is the Margarita. If you’re looking to shake things up, check out our blog on all things Margarita with a range of twists on the traditional recipe.
- 2 Shots White Tequila
- 1 Shot Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 Shot Cointreau
- Lime wedges to garnish
Method: Wipe the wedge of a lime around the rim of a tumbler and dip in salt to coat. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add all the ingredients then shake. Strain into a glass and squeeze in a fresh wedge of lime.
Despite Margarita’s close relation and renowned links to all things Mexican, it is believed the Paloma is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico. For a refreshing alternative, here’s the perfect Paloma from Drizzle and Dip.
- 3 shots Soda
- 1/2 shot Sugar Syrup
- Half Grape Fruit (Juice)
- 1 1/2 shots Tequila
- Lime Juice
Method: Mix the grapefruit juice, tequila and sugar syrup until well mixed. Pour over a tall glass filled with ice and top up with soda water.
We undoubtedly associate coffee cocktails most closely with the White Russian or an Irish Coffee, but here’s a twist on the traditional with Mexico’s spicy alternative – the Mexicano from Difford’s Guide.
- 1 shot Tequila
- 1/2 shot Grand Marnier
- Filter Coffee
- Single Cream (Lightly whipped)
Method: Pour Tequila and liqueur into warmed glass and top with coffee. Float cream on top and garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon.
- 1 ripe White Peach (Peeled, pitted and chopped)
- 1 shot Silver Tequila
- 1 shot Peach Liqueur
- 1 shot Lime Juice
- 1 tbsp Sugar Syrup
Method: Place peach into food mixer/processor and combine with tequila, peach liqueur, lime juice and syrup and blend until smooth. Serve over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with slice of peach.
Another twist on what we may be used to is the Mexican 75 taking inspiration from the classic French 75 cocktail swapping the lemon juice and gin for tequila and lime juice with this recipe thanks to Gluten Free With L.B.
- 2 shots Silver Tequila
- 2 Teaspoon Agave Nectar
- 1/2 shot Lime Juice
- Champagne or sparkling wine
Method: Place lime juice, tequila and agave nectar into a shaker and shake until chilled. Strain mix into champagne flute and top with champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with salt or sugar rim.