May is here and you all know what that means. Not just the end of April showers and tax time; but Cinco de Mayo! Yep, that’s right, May 5, the one day of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable (although maybe not advisable) to wear a sombrero to work and start the day off right with tequila for breakfast…. and then lunch…. and some more for dinner too.
If tequila slammers and Mexican beer just aren’t going to cut it with you though, we have selected 6 cocktails to have you saying “Salud!” And they are so good, you may want to celebrate everyday like it’s Cinco de Mayo!
Kahlua Cinco Sparkler
1 part Kahlua
3 parts Soda Water
Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour the ingredients in order. Garnish with a lime.
Everybody loves a margarita, and these days you can find them just about anywhere; muddled, frozen, flavored, candy colored, the choice is yours. But there is no going past the traditional, salt rimmed margarita recipe. Especially on a day such as Cinco de Mayo! This recipe from Delish is a favorite…
1 oz Jose Cuervo Especial
3 ounce Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix
1 teaspoon salt
- Rub rim of a chilled margarita glass with half a lime.
- Dip into salt to coat.
- In a shaker with ice, add José Cuervo Especial and José Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix.
- Shake vigorously.
- Strain into the margarita glass.
- Garnish with lime wedge.
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3/4 oz Don Julio Blanco
2 1/2 oz Champagne or sparking wine
Pour ingredients into champagne flute and garnish with strawberries
What else welcomes in the beginning of warm weather better than the mojito? Nothing. Unless it’s a mojito on Cinco de Mayo that is!
1 oz Silver Tequila
2 oz lime pulp
6 mint leaves
1 tsp fine sugar
1/2 oz seltzer
1 0z Sprite
- Mix tequila, lime leaves, sugar, ice in shaker
- Pour contents into highball glass
- Finish with splash of seltzer and soda
A sweet and picture perfect cocktail, the tequila sunrise may not be overly fancy, but there is no denying; it sure is delicious!
2 oz Tequila
4 oz Orange juice
2 dashes of Grenadine syrup
-Pour tequila and juice into highball glass
- Tilting the glass sideways, slowly pour in the Grenadine to the side of the glass, letting the syrup flow slowly down to the bottom of the glass
A favorite cocktail from Manhattan Spanish restaurant Rosa Mexicana, the La Pinela is a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, and the perfect choice for a warm afternoon relaxing with friends.
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp granulated sugar
3 parts Silver Tequila
3 parts pineapple juice
1 part Licor 43
1 part lime juice
dash cinnamon syrup
-Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and set aside
- Rim glass with lime wedge, dip glass into cinnamon/sugar mixture
- In shaker combine rest of the ingredients, pour over ice into old fashioned glass