Cinco Herradura

Cinco Herradura Pineapple Margarita With Tequila Herradura
S&C Design Studios
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving

The Cinco Herradura cocktail is a fantastic choice when you're looking for festive Cinco de Mayo drinks. Not only does it feature tequila, the spirit of Mexico, against invigorating fruit juices, but it also includes a fancy sugar-coated rim that shows off the colors in the Mexican flag.

The cocktail itself is a delightful mix of pineapple and white cranberry juices with a tequila background. Tequila Herradura created this recipe, so it naturally recommends the brand's silver tequila. It's a great premium choice that serves this drink and any tequila cocktail well.

At first, it can be tricky to rim separate sections of a glass with three different colors of sugar. Give it a shot and take some time to practice getting an even coat of sugars because the effect can be spectacular.


  • 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila (Herradura Silver)
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces white cranberry juice
  • Splash lemon-lime soda
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Garnish: red, green, and white sugar (for rim)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Add a three-colored sugar rim to a small tumbler or margarita glass: Begin by wetting a third of the rim with a lime wedge, then roll it in green sugar. Wet an adjoining third of the glass with the lime and roll it in white sugar. Repeat with the last third of the rim, this time rolling it in red sugar.

  3. In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, fruit juices and soda.

  4. Stir well then squeeze in the juice from a lime wedge and stir again.

  5. Strain the drink into the rimmed glass.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • If you want to serve this cocktail over ice, it's best to use fresh ice in the glass. The ice used to mix the drink will be broken down from agitation and dilute the drink faster.
  • White cranberry juice is preferred for this cocktail because it's slightly less sweet than the more popular red cranberry juice. Either will work fine, though.
  • Colored sugars are often available at cake decorating stores or in a grocer's baking section.
  • If you want to make your own green and red sugar, it's easy though you'll need to plan ahead. Simply add four or five drops of food coloring to 1/8 cup of sugar. Mix with a fork until the sugar becomes a consistent color. Lay the sugar out in a flat pile on wax paper overnight to dry, then break it back up into fine granules before rimming the glass.

How Strong Is a Cinco Herradura?

The Cinco Herradura is a mild cocktail compared to the average margarita. When made with 80-proof tequila, like the recommendation, it will mix up to an alcohol content around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). It's no stronger than a glass of wine.