5 Cinco de Mayo Drinks That Are Way Better Than Your Average Margarita

Ashes to ashes, dust to average margaritas.

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Here's the thing about Cinco De Mayo: It's a holiday that's more celebrated by drunk Americans than by Mexicans. But that's kind of the fun of it, right? So whip up these cocktails and say salud to a great night/probably not so great morning. (But these will make it totally worth it.)

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1 The Resting Garden Margarita

Ingredients:

1.75 oz Patrón Reposado

.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

.75 oz Agave Syrup

6 Sage Leaves, (2 for garnish)

Pinch of Salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Holding a fine mesh strainer in one hand, "double strain" the drink by pouring the drink through it into an ice-filled old fashioned glass. Garnish with two sage leaves and a grilled mango slice.

Created by Ryan Brown, Anise

2 Grilled Grapefruit Margarita

Ingredients:

1 ¾ oz. Riazul Blanco

½ oz. Grapefruit Juice

1 oz. Lime Juice

½ oz. Agave

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a glass with a salted and sugared rim. Garnish with grilled grapefruit.

Courtesy Dos Caminos; get it at restaurants now

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3 Le 'Rita

Ingredients:

12-15 Muddled Blueberries

·1 oz. Sauza Tequila

·.5 oz. Agave Syrup

·1 oz. Lime Juice

·1 oz. Triple Sec

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, add ice and shake. Strain over ice in a glass and garnish with lime and blueberries.

Served at LeGrande at The Time New York

4 Fiesta With the Kennedy's

Ingredients:

6 Raspberries

2 oz Avion Silver

1 oz Smoked Tea

.5 oz Demerara

.5 oz Lime Juice

Directions:

Muddle raspberries in a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain over new ice in a rocks glass. Drizzle balsamic reduction over top and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Garnish with 2 raspberries.

Created by Seth Allen, The Late Late

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5 The Re-Margarita

Ingredients:

2 oz Patrón Silver

2 oz Carbonated Homemade Orange-Lime Cordial*

Directions:

Pour Patrón Silver over cracked ice in a double old fashioned glass, and top off with an equal measure of the carbonated homemade orange-lime cordial. Gently stir ingredients to combine. Garnish with lime and orange wheels studded with a clove.

*Carbonated Homemade Orange-Lime Cordial:

Place the peels of 8 limes and 10 oranges in a bowl along with 4 cups sugar and muddle to release the essential oils. Cover and let sit for 1 hour. Meanwhile, juice the limes and oranges. After 1 hour, add citrus juices, 2.5 oz. Patrón Citrónge Lime and 4 whole cloves and stir to create a syrup. Refrigerate 8-12 hours, then strain and store in fridge. To carbonate, mix 18.5 ounces of the cordial liquid with 6 oz. water and charge using a soda siphon or whipped cream charger with two six-gram CO2 cartridges.

Created by Rosie Ruiz, Cole's

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