5 Traditional (And a Few Not So Traditional) Cinco de Mayo Cocktails That'll Knock Your Sombrero Off

From Eric Rogell on May 02, 2013

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This post appears in the Cinco de Derby roundup.


This weekend is May 5th and that means 2 things: 1. Star Wars geeks worldwide will be sleeping off their "May the Fourth" Star Wars Day hangovers, and 2. It's time to grab some tequila and celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

There hasn't been a better excuse to down some of your favorite blue agave spirit since finals week ended your senior year of college. And in between the 7-layer guacamole dip and piñata smashing, we suggest you try a couple of these Cinco de Mayo cocktails.

They're not all tequila based either. Since we've adopted this holiday as one of our own, it was only natural we throw in a few recipes with a little homegrown twist. That way, should your tequila supply run low, you can mix up a perfectly acceptable Cinco drinko with vodka, gin or even bourbon. Ole indeed.



The Ecco Blue Agave
2 parts Ecco Blue Moscato
1 part Familia Camarena Silver Tequila
3 parts lime flavored sparkling water
1/2 lime, squeezed

Pour moscato, tequila and lime juice into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add lime flavored sparkling water and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.


El Diablo
Created by New York City Mixologist Toby Maloney
1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco
3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Ginger Syrup*
Ginger Ale for Top
Red Blackcurrant Liqueur for Float
Ice cubes
Lemon Peel for Garnish

*To Create Ginger Syrup
2 parts White Sugar
Ginger Root

Strip off the skin of one ginger root. Place in vegetable juicer.
Add 2 parts white sugar to 1 part ginger juice by volume.

Drink Preparation:
Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, ginger syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a Collins glass over ice. Top with ginger ale. Float red black currant liqueur. Garnish with a lemon peel.


Premier Paloma
1 1/4 ounces Tequila Don Julio Reposado
2/3 ounce Italian Aperitif
2/3 ounce Fresh Grapefruit Juice
2/3 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/3 ounce Agave Nectar
Grapefruit Wheel for Garnish
Lemon Wedge for Garnish

Combine Tequila Don Julio Reposado, Italian aperitif, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with grapefruit wheel and lemon wedge.


Hornitos Drinko de Cinco Shot
2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
3⁄4 part Lime Juice
1⁄2 part Agave Nectar
Muddle in 3 slices of Jalapeño and Oregano

Pour ingredients into a shaker, shake and double strain into a shot glass.
This recipe makes two shots.


Hornitos Toro Margarita
2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
3⁄4 part John DeKuyper & Sons O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
1⁄2 part Lemon Juice
1⁄2 part Pineapple Juice
2 Pieces of Sage

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with the sage leaves.



Mexican Mule
2 ounces New Amsterdam Vodka
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
Top w/ ginger beer or ginger ale

Build directly into a rocks glass with ice and stir briefly. Garnish with a lime wedge


Smooth Operator
2 ounces New Amsterdam Gin
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce orange juice

Add ingredients directly to a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice


Basil Hayden's Bourbon Margarita
5 parts Basil Hayden's Bourbon
3 3/4 parts Grand Marnier
3 3/4 parts Rose's Lime Juice or Fresh Lime Juice
5 parts Sour Mix

Mix or shake until combined. Chill and serve.
Serves 3-4

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