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

Ashes to ashes, dust to average margaritas.


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 Mango Margarita


1 ½ oz. Mango Puree*

1 oz.  Blanco Tequila

¼ oz. Clear Orange-Flavored Liqueur

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

2 Fresh Basil Leaves, torn

1 oz. Club Soda, chilled


Add 1 ½ oz of the mango puree, the tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, lime juice, and torn basil leaves to cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice; cover and shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass filled with fresh ice; top with club soda. Garnish with mango puree and basil leaves.

*Mango Puree: 

Place 1 ½ cups chopped fresh mango, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1/3 cup water in blender. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth. Transfer to storage container; cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. (Makes about 1 ½ cups.)

Created by Andrea Correale, Elegant Affairs

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2 Frontera Highball


1.5 Altos Reposado

1 Oz. Oloroso Sherry

.5 Ancho Reyes Chili Liquor

.5 oz fresh lemon juice

3-4 Mint leaves


Speared Brandied Cherries and Mint Bouquet, for garnish 


Shake all ingredients except soda, then strain into a highball over ice.

Created by Kevin Denton, mixologist for Pernod Ricard National

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3 Sparkling Paloma


2 Parts Mescal

Small Scoop Grapefruit Sorbet

Squeeze of Lime Juice

Teaspoon Agave

2 parts Grapefruit Sparkling Ice


Mix in rocks glass with Kosher salted rim.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

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4 Picante Piña


2 oz. Spicy Avion Silver (scrape the seeds and membranes of 2 jalapenos into one bottle of Avion Silver. When desired spiciness is achieved, strain and rebottle)

4 x 1" Pineapple Chunks

.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz. Agave Nectar


Muddle pineapple, add remaining ingredients, and shake. Strain and pour into rocks glass with cilantro salt rim (blend 1 cup of cilantro with 1 cup of kosher salt until incorporated).

Courtesy of Avión 

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5 Matcha Margarita


1 oz. Cointreau

2 oz. Blanco Tequila

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

½ bar spoon (1 tsp.) Matcha Green Tea Powder


Shake Cointreau, tequila, fresh lime juice, and matcha in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Courtesy of Cointreau

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6 Frida


1.5 oz. Tequila

1 oz. Pineapple

.5 oz. Pimento Dram

.5 oz. Ancho Reyes

.25 oz. Lime

Ginger Beer, to fill


Combine tequila, pineapple, lime, pimento dram, and ancho reyes into shaker and fill halfway with ice. Shake for 5 seconds and strain into a collins glass with ice. Top with ginger beer.

Created by Cody Goldstein, NYLO New York

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7 Sunrise with Maria


2 oz. Avión Reposado

1 oz. Agave Nectar

1 oz. POM Juice

.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

5-8 Thyme Sprigs


Combine all. Shake until cold. Pour over ice into a rocks glass and garnish with 1 thyme leave from the shake.

Courtesy of Avión 

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8 The Resting Garden Margarita


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


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

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9 Grilled Grapefruit Margarita


1 ¾ oz. Riazul Blanco

½ oz. Grapefruit Juice

1 oz. Lime Juice

½ oz. Agave


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 of Dos Caminos

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10 Le 'Rita


12-15 Muddled Blueberries

·1 oz. Sauza Tequila

·.5 oz. Agave Syrup

·1 oz. Lime Juice

·1 oz. Triple Sec


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

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