12 Cocktails to Spice Up Your Cinco de Mayo

Margaritas aren’t the only drink worthy of accompanying your guacamole and enchiladas on Cinco de Mayo. There’s plenty more to explore in the world of Mexican inspired cocktails.
By Molly Nugent

Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipes

1. Tequila Refresca
This blend of tequila, grapefruit and lime juices, and a little sparkling water is simple, refreshing and delicious in the warm weather.
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2. Spicy Bloody Maria
Trade the Bloody Mary in for the Mexican Bloody Maria on Cinco de Mayo. It is essentially the same drink, only with tequila instead of vodka, and a lot more spice.
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3. Michelada
This savory beer cocktail has been popular in Mexico for decades. There are many variations but the standard Michelada only calls for beer (preferably dark), lime juice, and peppers. Be creative and don’t forget to salt the glass!
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4. Barbacoa Cocktail
With ingredients like ginger, chipotle, beef jerky, Mezcal and lime, The Barbacoa Cocktail will satisfy every craving you have – it is savory, sweet, sour and spicy all at the same time.
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5. Lime Jello Shots
Lime jello shot wedges are perfect to bring to a Cinco de Mayo party. They look classier than regular jello shots and taste delicious. Just don’t expect them to last very long…
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6. A New Paloma
Just add honey, vanilla and bitters at the end to create this upgraded version of the classic Mexican drink, the Paloma.
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7. Devil’s Garden
A complex, mysterious cocktail, the Devil’s Garden is made with mint, Mezcal, Cynar chipotle pepper, lime and agave. Perfect for adventurous folks looking to try something new on Cinco de Mayo.
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8. Agua Fresca
In between cocktails, try to drink some Agua Fresca, which translates to “fresh water.” It is usually mixed with fresh fruit purees to add flavor and nutrients.
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9. Paletas
With or without booze, paletas are a fun, refreshing snack on a hot day. Water based paletas are usually made with all different kinds of fruit and the cream based ones use vanilla, chocolate or coconut.
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And of course, margaritas.

10. Tamarind Margarita
With a chili rim and orange appearance, these yummy tamarind flavors margaritas are perfect for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.
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11. Watermelon Margarita
Classic margarita with watermelon mashed up inside. How can you go wrong? Maybe add a little fresh mint and you’re good to go.
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12. Grapefruit Margarita Spritzer
Pink and slightly bubbly, this Grapefruit Margarita Spritzer screams Spring and fun times.
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Now let’s hope the shortage of limes ends before Cinco de Mayo…


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