Cocktail Recipes to Make Your Cinco de Mayo Merry

Image courtesy of Cantera Tequila.

Cinco de Mayo is a couple of days away. If you plan to celebrate at home this year, why not liven up your cocktail-making repertoire? No matter how much you love a classic margarita, it’s a good time to try some new agave-based cocktail recipes. See below for some inspiration.

Cantera Negra Cafe is a smooth, silky, coffee-flavored liquor made with 100% agave tequila, while the Dulce Noche cocktail riffs on the classic espresso martini. The inclusion of sweetened condensed milk makes for a flavor reminiscent of dulce de leche. Simply combine 1 part Cantera Negra Cafe with 2 parts espresso and .25 parts sweetened condensed milk in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into a coupe or martini glass, then garnish with powdered cinnamon.

Liquid Lunch, a creation from Emyla Tequila, merges peach slices, basil, and lime juice with tequila for a bright, refreshing sipper. In a cocktail shaker, muddle slices from two peaches with four basil leaves and 1 oz. lime juice. Add 2 oz. Emyla Tequila and 1 oz. agave (or one bar spoon of brown sugar), shake, and strain into a rocks glass over ice. 

One Carat is a refreshingly different take on agave-based cocktails from Maestro Dobel Tequila. In a shaker, pour 1 1/2 oz. Maestro Dobel Diamante Cristalino Tequila, ½ oz. Ancho Reyes liquor, 1 oz. carrot juice, ½ oz. lemon juice, and ½ oz. cinnamon syrup. Shake and serve in a glass over ice with a basil leaf garnish.

Photo courtesy of Ojo de Tigre.

Ojo de Tigre is a smooth, herbally complex mezcal that goes easy on the smoke, making it a good introduction for the mezcal curious. The brand’s Pink Tiger cocktail is bubbly, festive, and perfect for brunch.

Mix 1 ½ oz. Ojo de Tigre Mezcal with ½ oz. lime juice, 4 oz. pink grapefruit soda in a highball glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. More info here

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over France in 1862, so Cazadores created the 1862 Margarita, a variation on the margarita that unites Mexican tequila with a great French liqueur: St. Germain. The elderflower flavor of St. Germain helps make for a unique take on the beloved classic.

To create an 1862 Margarita, combine 1 ½ oz. Cazadores Blanco, ½ oz. St. Germain, ½ oz. agave nectar, and ¾ oz. fresh lime juice with ice. Shake, pour over ice, and garnish with a lime wheel.

Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.
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