Cocktails Lists Spirits

What to Drink on Cinco De Mayo

Bring your A-game to this year's Cinco De Mayo celebrations

Cinco de Mayo is just days away, and this festive celebration wouldn’t be complete without some tequila cocktails to indulge in. Now you could celebrate with some basic frozen margaritas, but that doesn’t really embrace the spirit of the day. So instead, why not try a few of these creative, but not too difficult options, to make the experience a little more authentic.

Lobos 1707 Coa’s Edge

photo credit to Lobos 1707 Tequila and Mezcal

This cocktail is that nice blend between something a little sweet and spicy for your Cinco De Mayo celebrations.


Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a jalapeño slice.

Tequila Horchata

Horchata is delicious, tequila is delicious, so naturally the pairing of the two makes for one incredible drink. Just try not to down these too quickly.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 oz blanco tequila
  • 1 oz almond milk
  • 0.5 oz coconut cream
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon sugar, garnish
  • Grated nutmeg, garnish

Nutmeg simple syrup: Combine water, sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Once the sugar has dissolved and the liquid looks clear, take off the heat immediately add the nutmeg, stir and let cool.

Method:  Coat the rim of an old fashioned glass with cinnamon and sugar, and set aside. Add the homemade nutmeg simple syrup, tequila, almond milk, coconut cream, and vanilla extract to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared glass with ice.

Pineapple Cilantro Margarita

Casamigos Pineapple Cilantro Margarita.jpg

Margarita’s are classic tequila cocktails, and while there are hundreds, if not thousands of combinations available, this pineapple-cilantro blend really brings out the best of what margaritas have to offer.


  • 2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 8-10 Cilantro Leaves
  • Optional: 1/2 Thick Rim Sugar, Cilantro Salt (equal parts)

Method: Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds then strain into rocks glass and add fresh ice. Garnish with 2 pineapple leaves.

Milk Maid

This creative concoction comes from archives of The Whistler bar in Chicago. It seems weird at first, but the combination is well worth a try.


  • 2 oz. blanco tequila
  • 0.75 oz. coconut cream
  • 0.25 oz. simple syrup
  • 0.75 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 cucumber slices
  • Salt, garnish

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, pour into an old fashioned glass and garnish with the cucumber and a sprinkle of salt.

Watermelon Inferno

photo credit to Lobos 1707 Tequila and Mezcal

Sun bathers and tequila-lovers can rejoice with this seasonal and refreshing cocktail


  • Small plate of lime juice
  • Small plate of lime salt, mild chili powder, and sea salt seasoning
  • 1.5 oz Lobos 1707 Mezcal
  • 0.75 oz orange-flavored aperitif
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • Splash of club soda
  • 4 cubes of watermelon (2” x 1”)

Directions: Salt rim of highball glass and fill with ice. Combine all ingredients except one watermelon cube into a shaker with ice. Shake together until well chilled and then pour over ice into the highball glass. Top with club soda. Add a watermelon cube to garnish.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: