27 Tequila Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo

These recipes are worth a shot (or several)

Tamarind Margarita

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Originally celebrating the Battle of Puebla in 1862 then Mexican-American civil rights in the 1960s, Cinco de Mayo offers an excellent excuse for a party in May. It's a festive occasion that's filled with lots of delicious Mexican food, ice-cold cerveza, and, of course, tequila. To help plan your Cinco de Mayo party, choose from these impressive tequila cocktails and shot recipes. They're all easy to mix up, and the flavors are diverse, so there's sure to be one that's perfect for your celebration.

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    Tequila Screwdriver

    Tequila Screwdriver

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

    As the name implies, the tequila screwdriver is just like the famous vodka cocktail. Tequila and orange juice are all you need for this recipe. It is tequila's answer to vodka's screwdriver and essentially a tequila sunrise, hold the grenadine. If you have made either of those popular mixed drinks, then you'll have no problem here.

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    Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

    Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

    The Spruce 

    There are many things to love about the tequila sunrise. It's easy to mix up at a moment's notice, and a beautiful, refreshingly fruity cocktail. Of course, there's also tequila. When you add all that up, it's no wonder that this is one of the most popular tequila drinks.

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    Frozen Tequila Sunrise Margarita

    Frozen Tequila Sunrise Margarita

    The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar

    The tequila sunrise margarita brings the beauty of a tequila sunrise into the world of frozen margaritas. It combines the best of both drinks and is utterly refreshing with its tropical fruit flavor. Enjoy this one on a hot summer day, whether that means cooling off by the pool or watching the sunset from your patio.

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    Cantarito Tequila Cocktail

    Cantarito Tequila Cocktail ingredients, tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, grapefruit soda, citrus fruits, salt

    The Spruce / Nyssa Tanner

    The cantarito is a complex cousin of the paloma, and it's also a favorite tequila cocktail from Mexico. Its name comes from the cantarito (or jarrito de barro), a stout clay cup that's used to serve drinks like this at bars and cafés all over Latin America.

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    Paloma

    Paloma cocktail recipe

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    To kick off the party, a traditional Mexican drink is in order. If this will be your first taste of a paloma, then you're in for a real treat. This tall, refreshing tequila cocktail shows off the perfect pairing of tequila and grapefruit. If you want to keep it authentic, pick up Jarritos Toronja soda. 

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    Tamarind Margarita

    Tamarind Margarita

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    The sweet and sour taste of tamarind is also a fantastic complement to tequila. The two shine their brightest in an ice-cold tamarind margarita. Whether you shake it or blend it, this margarita is an absolute delight, and tamarind nectar is available in many grocery stores. Don't forget the chili rim. It adds a great spice that contrasts the drink's flavors wonderfully.

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    Lychee Tequila Shooter

    Lychee Tequila Shooter (aka Crouching Tiger Tequila Shot)

    The Spruce Eats

    There are many tequila shots in the world and the lychee tequila is one of the best. This semisweet shooter relies on lychee liqueur, which is made from a fruit from Southeast Asia. When it's combined with tequila, the drink becomes a mix of flavors that is truly fascinating.

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    Lemongrass-Ginger Tequila

    Lemongrass-Ginger Infused Tequila in glasses, garnished with lime wedges

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Jazz up your average tequila shot with a little extra flavor. This lemongrass-ginger-infused tequila can take up to two weeks for the flavor to fully develop, so you'll want to start early. Once it's done, you'll have tequila with a brilliant lemony-spiced taste that's ready to amaze everyone at the party.

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    Reposado Old-Fashioned

    Reposado Old-Fashioned With Tequila and Nectarines
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    If you enjoy a bourbon old-fashioned, give this reposado old-fashioned a try. It's made the same way and is a fascinating way to dress up reposado tequila. The timing is perfect because Bing cherries start to come into season in April, so they should be prime for the first week of May. If your market doesn't have good nectarines yet, grab similar small citrus fruits instead. Muddle it all up and enjoy.

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    Cinco Herradura

    Cinco Herradura Pineapple Margarita With Tequila Herradura

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    A fruity mix with a touch of sparkle, the cinco Herradura is a fun tequila cocktail. It features white cranberry juice, which isn't as sweet as the red variety and won't detract from the combination of pineapple and tequila. The drink's colorful sugar rim in the colors of the Mexican flag adds a festive touch to the party.

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    The Guadalajara

    Fancy Whiskey Cocktail

    S&C Design Studios

    The Guadalajara stretches the boundaries of the average tequila cocktail. The key to this drink is the pairing of reposado tequila with Fernet Branca, an Italian digestif, made from a proprietary herbal blend. There is nothing like it, and there is no drink like the Guadalajara, which is why it's a ton of fun.

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    El Pepino

    El Pepino Tequila Cocktail garnished with a cucumber slice

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Don't let the ingredient list intimidate you, el pepino is not a difficult cocktail to mix up. This is a margarita of sorts, made with fresh cucumber and cilantro. It also brings in the fascinating texture of an egg white, just like ​some of the best classic cocktails.

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    Jalapeño Margarita

    Jalapeño Margarita

    The Spruce / Ali Redmond

    It's not a Cinco de Mayo party without a spicy cocktail or two! The jalapeño margarita is the perfect recipe for tequila drinkers who like it hot. This recipe goes beyond the "just add a pepper" mentality for all things spicy. It classes it up with reposado tequila and an orange liqueur upgrade makes it as sophisticated as it is fun.

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    Spicy Pineapple Shandy

    Spicy Pineapple Shandy

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    You can certainly pour a Mexican lager into this drink, though a pale ale is the better choice. Whichever you choose, the spicy pineapple shandy offers a fascinating taste. The recipe is quite simple: Make a jalapeño syrup, mix it with tequila and lemon and pineapple juices, then top it with beer. It's an exciting and unique beer cocktail you'll want to mix up throughout the summer.

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    Pineapple Ginger Margarita

    Pineapple Ginger Margarita
    The Spruce Eats / S&C Design Studios

    The pineapple ginger margarita recipe is one you won't want to miss. The pineapple and tequila cocktail looks sweet and innocent, but the fresh ginger puree that hides inside gives it an intriguing bite.

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    Spanish Harlem

    Sophisticated and Easy Spanish Harlem Martini Cocktail Recipe

    Matthias Hoffman   StockFood Creative / Getty Images

    The Spanish Harlem is tequila's answer to the Manhattan. It's as simple as any other "martini" recipe and a beautiful way to show off that high-end añejo tequila you have stashed in the bar. Add sweet vermouth and the bitters of your choice, and you're ready to relax with one of the finest tequila drinks ever created.

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    Tequila Collins

    Tequila Collins Cocktail

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    What happens when you pour tequila instead of whiskey into one of the best-known happy hour cocktails? Magic in a glass! That is what we have in the tequila collins (sometimes called a Juan or Jose Collins).

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    Frostbite Tequila Cocktail

    Frostbite Tequila Cocktail in a glass, garnished with Luxardo Cherries

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    A sneaky drink that hides tequila behind a creamy blue veil, the frostbite is fun. This simple blue cocktail uses an unusual combination of ingredients that you'll definitely want to try because it gives you a good idea of tequila's full potential in cocktails.

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    Tequila Slammer

    Tequila Slammer

    The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

    The tequila slammer is a fun tequila shot that's perfect for a party. It's not complicated (requiring just two ingredients) and it's actually more about the action you take before drinking it than anything else.

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    Brave Bull Cocktail

    Brave Bull Cocktail in a glass

    The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

    The Brave Bull is the tequila version of a Black Russian and if you enjoy that simple drink, you will find this one to be just as enjoyable. The drink is, quite simply, tequila and Kahlua and a fantastic sipper for happy hour or dessert.

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    Envy Cocktail

    Envy Cocktail

    The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar

    The envy cocktail is a stunning blue-green tequila drink that has a wonderful tropical flavor. It's an ideal recipe for any outdoor summer party and incredibly easy to mix up.

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    El Diablo Cocktail

    El Diablo Cocktail

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

    El Diablo is a popular and easy-to-mix tequila cocktail favored by many because of its refreshing and vibrant flavor. Made with sweet blackcurrant-flavored cassis, tequila, and ginger beer, the fruity liqueur takes some of the bite out of the ginger beer, complementing beautifully the earthy tequila.

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    Raspberry Margarita

    Raspberry Margarita

    The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar

    Fresh raspberries make this raspberry margarita special. It's a fantastic tequila cocktail to enjoy during the summer or any time of the year when you want a delicious, fresh, and fruity margarita

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    Tequini (Tequila Martini)

    Tequini (Tequila Martini)

    The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar

    The tequini is simply a martini that's made with tequila. It's a drier cocktail than what you may be used to for tequila cocktails but it's a fascinating concoction that allows a really good tequila to shine.

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    Bloody Maria

    Bloody Maria Cocktail in glasses with lemon and lime slices in a bowl

    The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar

    The Bloody Maria is the drink where the popular Bloody Mary meets tequila. Unlike vodka, which gets lost in this heavily flavored, spicy drink, the tequila in the background stands out. It adds a vegetal earthiness that can only be found in tequila.

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    Dirty Bird

    Dirty Bird Cocktail
    S&C Design Studios

    The dirty bird is a fun little cocktail that you'll likely find very familiar. It is, essentially, a white Russian with a quick shake added at the end. Everything else remains the same, including the vodka, coffee liqueur (e.g., Kahlúa), and cream.

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    Chocolate Margarita

    Chocolate Margarita in a glass and garnished with cocoa powder, next to a small bowl with cocoa

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    A chocolate margarita is a fantastic way to enjoy chocolate and tequila in a single glass. It's one of the most indulgent margaritas you can mix up and this blended recipe has a little extra dimension to tantalize your taste buds.