12 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 Mango Margarita

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

1.5 Altos Reposado

1 Oz. Oloroso Sherry

.5 Ancho Reyes Chili Liquor

.5 oz fresh lemon juice

3-4 Mint leaves

Soda

Speared Brandied Cherries and Mint Bouquet, for garnish 

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

2 Parts Mescal

Small Scoop Grapefruit Sorbet

Squeeze of Lime Juice

Teaspoon Agave

2 parts Grapefruit Sparkling Ice

Directions:

Mix in rocks glass with Kosher salted rim.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

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4 Picante Piña

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

1 oz. Cointreau

2 oz. Blanco Tequila

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

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

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Tequila

1 oz. Pineapple

.5 oz. Pimento Dram

.5 oz. Ancho Reyes

.25 oz. Lime

Ginger Beer, to fill

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

2 oz. Avión Reposado

1 oz. Agave Nectar

1 oz. POM Juice

.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

5-8 Thyme Sprigs

Directions:

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

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

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9 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 of Dos Caminos

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10 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

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