Cinco de Mayo Drinks

4 Fun Cinco de Mayo Drink Recipes

As most may know, Cinco de Mayo takes place every year on the 5th of May. There is a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexico’s independence, but that’s not the case. It’s actually a celebration of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire in 1862.

Though it is not considered a traditional holiday, many people still like to celebrate and honor the holiday. In America, it’s widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. So, if you find yourself partaking this year, check out these four fun Cinco de Mayo drink recipes to enjoy!

#1 Classic Margarita

When Cinco de Mayo rolls around you better have a gorgeous helping of margaritas in your hand! If there’s one drink that sums up the holiday, it sure is this one. Here’s what you will need to make one:

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2-ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2-ounce agave syrup

You will first need to add your liquids as well as your agave syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well-mixed. Then, stick it in your fridge. Once chilled, strain into your cup with ice and enjoy. For the ultimate presentation you can garnish with a lime wedge and add salt or sugar on the rim.

#2 Michelada

If you enjoy a good cold brewsky, then you will love a michelada! The michelada is a Mexican cocktail classic including the flavor of beer with an assortment of ingredients like lime and hot sauce. Though the origin of the beverage is still unclear, the word itself is a combination of “chela,” which is slang for a light beer, “helada” (cold or frost), and “mi”—essentially “my cold beer.” Here is what you will need to curate this tasty cocktail:

  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1/2-ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch celery salt
  • 1 bottle Mexican lager beer (chilled)

You will first need to add equal parts salt and cayenne pepper to a plate or shallow bowl to rim the glass. Rub the lime wedge along half the rim of the pint glass and then dip the rim into the salt-cayenne mixture. If you prefer no salt on your rim, then you can skip that step.

In your glass combine the lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, black pepper and celery salt into the glass. Lastly, fill your glass with the preferred beer of choice, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

#3 Sangrita
Now I know you’ve heard of the tasty alcoholic beverage called the Sangria, but this fun twist on the drink that will have you craving the beverage all year round. This savory drink when paired with your favorite tequila will definitely add a kick to your Cinco de Mayo celebrations! Here is what you’ll need:

  • 15 ounces tomato juice
  • 6 ounces grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • 6 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 ounces lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 ounces Tabasco
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, halved (with seeds).

You will first need to add all the juices, black pepper, salt and jalapeño pepper into a pitcher and stir until the salt dissolves. Once that has all been combined, let it sit so the flavors can blend together for 15 to 30 minutes, then remove and discard the jalapeño. The longer the jalapeño infuses, the spicier the Sangrita will be. Then, you can serve as a cocktail or pair it with a shot of tequila.

#4 Oaxacan Punch

Oaxacan punch is the go-to for all the Cinco de Mayo parties! This delicious beverage will be a fan favorite for years to come. Check out how you can make it with these tasty ingredients and steps:

  • 10 ounces Averna amaro
  • 10 ounces mezcal (such as Sombra)
  • 5 ounces grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • 5 ounces lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 1/2 ounces agave nectar
  • 36 ounces ginger beer, chilled
  • 6 ounces cold water.

You will need to begin by adding all the ingredients, except for the ginger beer, into a punch bowl with a block of ice and stir gently to combine. Once combined, slowly pour in the ginger beer, mixing while you pour. Once mixed, serve and enjoy! You can garnish each glass with a grapefruit slice and a lemon slice or enjoy without. This recipe serves about 10, so call the girls over and make a toast!

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What is your favorite Cinco De Mayo drink? Have you ever tried any of the ones shared above? If so, which was your favorite? Have fun and remember to drink responsibly this Cinco De Mayo!

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