Cinco de Mayo and tequila go together like holidays and drinking. If shooting straight tequila’s your thing, there are plenty of good ones. But if your tastes lean toward cocktails, and you want to branch out from the tried-and-true margarita, these Cinco de Mayo cocktails should do the trick.
Blood Orange Margarita
1½ ounce Tequila Avión Silver
¾ ounce Cointreau Orange Liqueur
1 ounce blood orange juice
½ ounce fresh sour mix
Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
1 part jalapeno-infused Hornitos Plata Tequila*
½ part fresh pineapple juice
¼ part red pepper puree**
¼ part fresh lime juice
Dash Bitter Truth celery bitters
Salt and pepper to rim glass
Shake and strain in to a salt and pepper rimmed shot glass.
*Cut the skin off the jalapeno, and soak the seeds and pith of three Jalapenos per 750ml bottle of Hornitos Plata Tequila for 30 minutes, or to taste. ** Remove stems, seeds and veins from a red pepper. Toss into blender and puree until smooth.
This drink was awarded the 2011 Ultimate Cocktail Challenge Chairman’s Trophy distinction of best original tequila cocktail.
1 ½ ounce Camarena Reposado Tequila
1 ounce white Port
½ ounce Velvet Falernum
½ ounce simple syrup
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
½ ounce ginger beer
In a shaker, combine all ingredients except ginger beer. Shake and strain into a high ball glass over ice, adding ginger beer as you pour.