5 Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, and that means we’ll soon be awash in a preponderance of margaritas. Which, to be clear, is a very good thing. But there are more ways than one to increase your tequila uptake. So below we’ve got five tequila cocktails perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations, from an eye-opening breakfast cocktail to drinks that are stiff and stirred.

Amante Picante cocktail recipe

By Juan Martinez, Toca Madera (Los Angeles)

2 oz DeLeón Platinum Tequila
.75 oz agave
1 oz lime juice
Serrano pepper

Muddle two pieces of serrano pepper and clap 5 pieces of cilantro in a tin. Rim a highball with Tajin/Ghost pepper salt, shake all ingredients together and strain into a highball glass.


Papito Royale cocktail for cinco de mayo

By Yana Volfson

1 oz Tequila Don Julio Añejo
.5 oz Dry Vermouth
.5 oz Pineau de Charentes Aperitif Wine

Combine tequila, dry vermouth and fortified wine in a mixing glass with ice. Stir then strain into a coupe glass. Top with Champagne.


Underhill's Tab tequila cocktail for cinco de mayo

By Jeremy Strawn and Charles Hardwick, Lazy Point (NYC)

1 oz Milagro Tequila
.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.75 oz Lillet Rose
.75 oz Cointreau
.75 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice

Shake hard and strain over crushed ice in a highball glass. Top with five shakes of Angostura Bitters. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.


Breakfast Margarita recipe

By Jacques Bezuidenhout

1.75 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz Cointreau
2 tsp orange marmalade
.5 oz agave syrup (1:1 agave to water)

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange slice.


petal pistol cocktail

By Lock & Key Social Drinkery (Los Angeles)

1 oz blanco tequila
.5 oz hibiscus infused apple jack
1 oz Cointreau
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz simple syrup
1 dash Aztec chocolate bitters

Add everything except salt to a shaker, and shake with ice. Then strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass with a salted rim.

Written by Kevin Gray

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