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Cinco de Mayo Cocktails to Shake Up the Celebration  

Cinco de Mayo Cocktails to Shake Up the Celebration  

Pursuitist - 5-Star Luxury

Entertaining for Cinco de Mayo? Surprise your guests with unexpected twists on the usual tequila cocktails. Go for the gold with a Grand Margarita featuring Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, an exceptional blend of fine cognac and bitter orange liqueur. Infuse your own tequila with Patron Silver and fresh jalapeño to spice up a special blood orange or beet juice margarita. 

Experiment with smoky mezcal, herbaceous Amaro Montenegro, or Sorel, a unique hibiscus liqueur with an exotic blend of clove, cassia, ginger and nutmeg. Or forget margaritas altogether by mixing up Mexico’s #1 favorite: the refreshing Paloma and her “skinny” sister recipe. The 1800 Agua Fresca is so refreshing, it’s almost like a fruit salad in a glass. And for a sweet taste of history, rediscover the iconic La Batanga featuring Mexican Coca Cola and stirred with a knife to honor the drink’s creator, Don Javier of the La Capilla bar in Tequila, Mexico.



.75 parts Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge 

1.5 parts Tequila

.75 parts Fresh Lime Juice

.25 parts Agave Nectar

Lime wheel to garnish

Salt optional 

METHOD: Fill a wide, shallow dish with 2-3 mm of fine salt. Cut a lime in half at the width and rub around half of the rim of a margarita glass. Cut a thin, crosswise slice from one of the lime halves for garnish. Holding glass upside down, dip wet half delicately into the salt. Shake Grand Marnier, tequila and lime juice with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into glass and apply lime garnish to the rim.


1.5 oz PATRÓN Silver infused with jalapeño*

.5 oz Flavor Puree (blood orange, mango or fresh beet)

3 oz Lime Juice

Salt rim

Lime wedge and sliced jalapeño for garnish

METHOD: Combine all liquid ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake well and strain into a salt-rimmed double old fashioned glass.

*To infuse Patrón Silver with jalapeño, place two whole jalapeños (cut down the middle, with the seeds removed) into the bottle of Patrón and let it rest for 12 hours.


2 oz. Teremana Blanco

.75 oz. Lime Juice

.5 oz. Agave Nectar

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

Lime wheel

METHOD: Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel, pineapple leaves & sea salt (as desired).


.5 oz Sorel

1.5 oz Blanco Tequila

1 oz fresh lime juice

.75 simple syrup

METHOD: Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake well. Strain into coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.  


1.5 oz El Tequileño Blanco

.25 oz Lime Juice

Top with Mexican Coca Cola

Margarita Salt (or coarse salt)

METHOD: Salt the rim of a highball glass and fill it with ice. Add El Tequileño Blanco and lime juice. Top with cola. Stir with a knife to keep it authentic to the 1964 recipe’s creator. Garnish with a lime wheel.


2 oz Tequila Cazadores Blanco

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

4 oz Grapefruit Soda

1 Pinch Salt

METHOD: Add all ingredients into a salted highball glass filled with ice. Stir with a spoon. Garnish with a lime wedge.


1 part Dulce Vida Grapefruit Tequila

3 Parts Topo Chico or Club Soda

Splash Fresca or Zero Lemon Lime Soda

Squeeze of fresh lime

Lime garnish

METHOD: Add all ingredients into a salted highball glass filled with ice. Stir with a spoon. Garnish with a lime wedge.


1 ½ oz. 1800 Cristalino
Watermelon cubes
Pineapple cubes
½ oz. lime juice
½ oz. mint syrup
½ oz. filtered water
METHOD: Combine all ingredients in a Collins glass, fill glass with ice, and stir. Garnish with a few cubes of watermelon and pineapple on top plus a mint sprig.


2 oz Amaro Montenegro 

2 oz mezcal 

METHOD: Fill a glass with ice, preferable 1 large cube. Pour the Amaro Montenegro and mezcal in the glass and stir to mix. Garnish with an orange twist. 

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