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May 4, 2018

FORA BITES: Cinco de Mayo Cocktails That Aren’t Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, and as the inclusive people we are, we won’t only be downing margaritas. We’ll be making room for so many other Mexican-style cocktails to celebrate the Battle of Puebla! But don’t worry, there’s still *plenty* of tequila included.

Here are five CINCO simple Cinco de Mayo cocktails inspired by Mexican culture that aren’t margaritas. Salud!

MEXICAN 75
The Mexican 75 is a *twist* on the classic French 75 but with tequila instead of gin (obvs). It’s the ~perfect~ drink for celebrating and is sure to get you in the festive spirit. Sí señorita!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz silver tequila
  • 4 tsp agave syrup
  • 1 bottle sparkling white wine

WHAT TO DO:

  1. In a shaker, combine lime juice, tequila, and agave. Fill the shaker halfway with ice.
  2. Shake ingredients for 15-20 seconds, or until chilled.
  3. Strain mixture evenly between two champagne flutes.
  4. Fill each flute to 3/4 full with sparkling wine.
  5. Garnish with salt or sugar rim and lime twist.

 

BLOOD ORANGE MOJITO
If tequila isn’t your thing, try celebrating Cinco de Mayo with this mojito instead! The mix of rum and mint is both refreshing and light while still being sweet. Not to mention the citrus of the blood orange pairs *perfectly* with some guac and chips.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 8 mint sprigs
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz rum
  • 1 oz blood orange juice
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup
  • 2 oz sparkling water

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Combine mint leaves and lime juice in a tall glass. Muddle together.
  2. Add in rum, blood orange juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Top with sparkling water and ice. Garnish with orange wedge.

 

STRAWBERRY-NECTARINE TEQUILA SANGRIA
Summer is all about the sangria! So start off summer early this Cinco de Mayo with a Mexican take on the classic wine cocktail. Trust us, you’re going to want a BIG pitcher of this.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 cups strawberries (sliced)
  • 2 nectarines (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling water

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Combine sliced fruit into pitcher with tequila and wine.
  2. Stir together.
  3. Place in the refrigerator to cool overnight.
  4. Pour into individual glasses and top with sparkling water.

 

PALOMA
Next to margaritas, palomas are the second most popular tequila-based cocktails in Mexico. They’re also perfect if you don’t want to actually taste the tequila as the grapefruit juice overpowers the liquor with a ~refreshing~ burst of citrus.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 5 oz silver tequila
  • half a ruby grapefruit (juiced)
  • 1/2 oz of agave syrup
  • 5 oz club soda
  • splash of fresh lime juice

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Mix grapefruit juice, tequila and agave in a pitcher.
  2. Pour over a tall glass filled with ice and top up with soda water. Add a splash of lime juice if desired.

 

BLACKBERRY SAGE TEQUILA SMASH
Blackberries are both *tarte* yet ~sweet~ making them a lovely addition to any cocktail. This cocktail is packed with so many delicious, fruity flavours, you’ll definitely want seconds. Uno más pour favor!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4-5 blackberries
  • 2 oz gold tequila
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz agave syrup
  • 2 fresh sage leaves
  • 3-4 dashes either grapefruit or orange bitters

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Combine blackberries, sage, and agave in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Muddle until the berries are completely broken up and then fill the shaker up halfway with crushed ice.
  3. Add in bitters, grapefruit juice, and tequila. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with more berries and fresh sage.

By: Brooklyn Neustaeter

Posted by Brooklyn Neustaeter in Lifestyle
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