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Here Are 15 Reasons To Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Involving Cocktails To Mark The Occasion

 Cinco de Mayo Is  Approaching: Here Are 15 Reasons To Celebrate Involving Cocktails To Mark The Occasion

In honor of Cinco de Mayo we have rounded up some festive sips infused with unbelievable flavors. Our list includes everything:  From bitter, to honey, tropical and fruity, to spicy, as well as low calorie options.  Cinco de Mayo is more widely celebrated in the US than in Mexico.  Therefore, we figured it would be exciting to share a few delicious twists in cocktails. Perhaps sample a shot or two, of mezcal, as an alternative to the traditional margarita.

If throwing a party, infuse the décor with key colors that scream festive and perhaps a boozy Piñata! Add fresh salsas and guac to your tacos and empanadas and remember to add salted rim as a garnish- it elevates any drink.

Mezcal & Sangrita


Method: Pour one shot of Mezcal Creyente. In another shot glass, pour a shot of sangrita. Garnish with an orange slice dipped in chili salt – optional.

*To make sangrita: combine 5 oz orange juice, 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 dashes hot sauce and a pinch of salt over ice and stir. Strain into a small pitcher.

Blood Orange Margarita


  • 2 oz. Corralejo Reposado Tequila
  • 3 oz. Fresh Blood Orange Juice
  • ¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup

      Garnish- Blood Orange Slice and Sea Salt

Method:Rub the rim of an old fashioned glass (or a similar vessel you prefer to drink out of) with an edge of a blood orange slice. Swirl the rim through a small pile of kosher or sea salt to salt the rim.

Combine all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Place a few cubes of ice in the salted glass. Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.

Spicy Lover 


  • 2 oz jalapeno-infused Corralejo Silver Tequila
  • .75 oz blueberry syrup
  • .75 oz Chambord liqueur
  • 2 oz sweet and sour
  • Pop rock rim, to garnish
  • 3 skewered blueberries, to garnish

Method:Fill shaker with ice. Measure and pour all ingredients into the shaker. Shake well, and pour entire contents of shaker into garnished bucket glass.

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Crank up your party with a boozy piñata.  The Nipyata is filled with an assortment of spirits featuring tequila, vodka, fireball, rum, liqueurs and candy chasers.  There is also a boozy sombrero available dubbed, The Mexican Power Move that you can wear on your head.

Pancho Villa Margarita 


  • 1.5 parts Los Arango Blanco
  • ¾ parts fresh lime juice
  • ½ parts agave nectar
  • 1 lime wedge

Method:Combine Los Arango Blanco, fresh lime juice, agave nectar into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Cuando Quieras- Bar Ciudad


 Method: Stir and serve in a small rocks glass with a lemon twist.

Pancho’s Sancho

Courtesy Cari Ha – Beverage Director for Big Bar in LA/Los Feliz


  • .5 oz Avion Silver Tequila
  • .75 oz prickly pear puree
  • .5 oz agave syrup
  • 1 oz lime
  • .5 oz ancho reyes chile
  • Muddled cilantro
  • Salt sugar cayenne rim

Method:In a tin muddle a bunch of cilantro, add all the ingredients and shake shortly, rim your DOF with sugar/salt/cayenne mix and double strain. Add ice to fill. Garnish with lime peel rosette.

El Despertador


  • .5 oz Mezcal Creyente
  • 1 oz Espresso
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • Pinch of Cacao Powder
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters

Method: Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a pinch of cocao powder and an orange twist.

Strawberry Spice


  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz can Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime
  • 2 – 3 strawberries
  • salt
  • chili flakes
  • lime wedge

Method: Coat the rim of a tall drinking glass with lime, salt and chili flakes. Pour in tequila, lime juice and Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime and stir. Garnish with chopped fresh strawberries.

Mango Basil Margarita

(courtesy Will Benedetto, Cocktail Curator, In Good Company Hospitality)


*Mango Basil Puree

  • 6 cups of mango puree
  • .25 parts of basil
  • .5 parts of agave
  • 2 oz of vodka

Method: Shake all ingredients with 5-6 ice cubes. Without using a strainer, pour the entire contents into a rimmed rocks glass.

Rumination Cocktail

(courtesy of Josh Cameron, Head Bartender, Boulton & Watt)


  • .5 oz. London Dry Gin
  • .75 oz. lavender syrup
  • .5 oz. Benedictine
  • .5 oz. lemon
  • 2 dash peach bitters
2 dash Angostura bitters

Method: Shake all ingredients together and strain into a glass piled high with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of lavender.

Low-Calorie Options…

Skinny Strawberry Margarita


Method:In a cocktail shaker combine ice, 2 cups of Cascade Ice Strawberry Watermelon, 1 cup of tequila, 1 cup of triple sec and half a cup of lime juice. Add a sugar rim to your glass with the juice from a lime and pour in the margarita mixture to enjoy.

Frozen Pink Grapefruit Margarita


Method: In a blender add 2 cups of Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit, 1 cup of triple sec, 1 cup of tequila, half a cup of lime juice and ice. Blend until it reaches a slushy consistency then divide among cocktail glasses. Line the rim of each glass with lime juice and dip in salt. You can also sprinkle in a touch of salt in each glass if you prefer.

Orange Mango Margarita

Photo Credit  Flickr: Marco Verch


Method: In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, 2 cups of Cascade Ice Orange Mango, 1 cup tequila and triple sec, juice from half a lime and a small squeeze of orange. Add the mixture to a salted glass with an orange wedge for garnish!

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