If you’re coming to this Cinco de Mayo cocktail menu expecting a margarita, well, here are 11 margarita recipes to slake your thirst. But if you’re looking for something less expected, these Mexican drink recipes are all delicious contenders for your new favorite Cinco sip—or spring and summer cocktail, at that.
Cinco de Mayo isn’t celebrated very widely in Mexico (it’s often erroneously thought of as Mexican Independence Day, which is actually September 16), but it’s so popular in the States that many people consider it the kickoff of summer—no matter that there’s still frost in some parts of the country. Since there are no real rules, serve up what you like.As you may have read 50 times by now this month,
Here’s an assortment of Mexican-influenced, but by no means traditional, cocktails that use beer, tequila, and rum. (While you’re at it, give mezcal some love too—and other Mexican alcohol options like tepache.)
No matter what you decide to drink, pull out the chips and salsa, whip up some perfect guacamole, and pour plenty of water—then join your friends on Zoom for a virtual hang (but beware: somebody’s still going to try to make everyone do shots).
We replaced the water in a traditional aqua fresca with rum, creating a cocktail that throws you into vacation mode with just one sip. Use any fruit you like, but pineapple is pretty perfect. Get our Spiked Pineapple Agua Fresca recipe.
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3. The Eva
Eve was on to something when she bit into that apple—it turns out the fruit makes a pretty delicious soda (we used Sidral Mundet, a common brand at Mexican grocery stores). Combine that with a bit of brandy and lemon juice, and you’ve got yourself a sinful little cocktail. Get our Eva Cocktail recipe.
4. Mexican 75
The classic French 75 takes on Mexican personality by substituting tequila for the traditional gin. It’s delicious, and far less fussy than the original. Get our Mexican 75 recipe.
OK, so this actually is a margarita—but different enough that it still deserves to be considered as an alternative. The “red chile” in this drink’s name comes from homemade Chile-Infused Tequila. Be sure you make it a couple of days in advance to get that spicy kick this cocktail deserves (or cheat and buy a jalapeño tequila). Get our Red Chile–Guava Margarita recipe.
Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeno Tequila, price and availability varies on Saucey
This store-bought option balances sweet and heat.
This spicy beer cocktail—spiked with Clamato—might not turn you into an actual luchador (Mexican wrestlers), but it’ll give you something delicious to sip while watching real ones on TV. Get our Luchador Beer Cocktail recipe.
Horchata’s nutty, citrusy base is a perfect vehicle for a Squirrel Sour cocktail: a base spirit, lemon or lime juice, and a nut-flavored liqueur—in this case, hazelnut-flavored Frangelico. Get our Squirrel Horchata recipe.
10. Tequila Sunrise
11. Copa Verde
Avocados are for so much more than guacamole—even cocktails, as these naturally creamy tequila and avocado drinks prove. Agave syrup, fresh lime juice, and thyme also feature. Get our Copa Verde Avocado Cocktail recipe.