10 Tequila Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate the Mexican Holiday With a Fabulous Tequila!

Cinco de Mayo celebrations stretch beyond the Mexican border and it's a worldwide party. It's a day to take in all the great things about the Mexican culture and is filled with parties, food, fun, cerveza, and, of course, tequila. To help you plan your Cinco de Mayo party, let's explore a few fascinating tequila and Mexican-inspired cocktails. Salud!

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    Paloma Cocktail

    The Spruce

    You will need: tequila, lime juice, grapefruit soda

    We'll kick off the Cinco de Mayo party with a traditional Mexican drink that is incredibly easy to make. 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 perfection that is the pairing of tequila and grapefruit. For the best Paloma, choose a high-quality blanco or reposado tequila and to keep it authentic, pick up Jarritos Toronja Soda. 

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    Tamarind Margarita

    Tamarind Margarita
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    You will need: blanco tequila, orange liqueur, tamarind nectar, simple syrup, chili powder

    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 and it's another authentic Mexican taste that you'll instantly fall for.

    Whether you shake it or blend it, this margarita is an absolute delight. Tamarind nectar is readily available in grocery stores and should be in any tequila lover's bar. Don't forget the chili rim, either! It adds a great spice that contrasts the drink's flavors and brings it to a new level of intrigue.

  • 03 of 10

    Crouching Tiger

    Crouching Tiger Shooter Recipe
    S&C Design Studios

    You will need: tequila, lychee liqueur

    There are many tequila shots in the world. Some are average, a few are questionable, and a handful are fabulous. The Crouching Tiger falls into the last category and it certainly is a ton of fun.

    This semi-sweet shooter relies on lychee liqueur, made from an Asian fruit. When it's combined with tequila, the drink becomes a cultural mix of flavors that is nothing short of fascinating.

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    Dulce de Tequila

    Dulce de Leche Cocktail
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    You will need: reposado tequila, Cognac, Cointreau, lime juice, agave nectar

    It's sweet, but not too sweet when compared to other decadent cocktails and that's why we love the Dulce de Tequila. If you're planning a Cinco de Mayo dinner with Pan Dulce, this is the ideal drink for you.

    It's a brilliantly flavored drink that pairs an aged tequila with a great Cognac. The Cointreau, lime, and agave nectar give it that sweet-sour finish that makes it a great complement for the traditional sugary bread.

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  • 05 of 10

    Chimayo Cocktail

    Classic Chimayo Tequila Cocktail
    S&C Design Studios

    You will need: tequila, apple cider, lemon juice, creme de cassis

    Typically associated with autumn's apple harvest, there is no reason why the Chimayo cannot be enjoyed year-round. It's a popular cocktail in New Mexico and quickly gaining a foothold as one of the best tequila cocktails created.

    Simple and delightful, the Chimayo is a tasty drink and one that takes hardly any time to mix up. The play of tequila against cider and sweet black currants from the creme de cassis is a wonder to taste. Who knows, this may even become your new favorite.

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    Reposado Old-Fashioned

    Colleen Graham's Reposado Old-Fashioned Tequila Cocktail
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    You will need: reposado tequila, nectarines, bing cherries, agave nectar, bitters

    If you enjoy a bourbon Old-fashioned, give this tequila version a try. It's made the same way and is a fascinating drink that dresses up a fine reposado tequila.

    The timing is perfect because bing cherries come into season starting in April, so they should be prime for Cinco de Mayo. If your market doesn't have good nectarines yet, grab similar small orange-like fruit instead. Muddle it all up and enjoy.

  • 07 of 10

    Cinco Herradura

    Cinco Herradura Margarita Cocktail Recipe
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    You will need: blanco tequila, pineapple and white cranberry juices, lemon-lime soda

    A fruity mix with a touch of sparkle, the Cinco Herradura is a fun tequila cocktail. It too is simple to mix up and your party is complete with the colorful sugar rim

    White cranberry juice is not as sweet as the red we normally use. This allows the pineapple and tequila to shine in equal proportions. It's also a light-weight drink, so if you're seeking a festive cocktail that's low-alcohol, it's an ideal choice.

  • 08 of 10

    The Guadalajara

    The Guadalajara Cocktail
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    You will need: reposado tequila, Fernet Branca, agave simple syrup, mole bitters

    Are you ready for a truly unique tasting experience? The Guadalajara stretches the boundaries of what we typically think of as a tequila cocktail and it's a whole lot of fun.

    The key to this cocktail is the pairing of reposado tequila with Fernet Branca. This liqueur is 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 we enjoy it so much.

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  • 09 of 10

    El Pepino

    Milagro Tequila's El Pepino Margarita Cocktail
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    You will need: reposado tequila, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup, cucumber, cilantro, egg

    Don't let the ingredient list intimidate you, El Pepino is not a difficult cocktail. Yet, it is a tequila lover's delight that is hard to pass up.

    This is a margarita of sorts and a modern recipe with some classic style. The fresh cucumber and cilantro are stunning against the standard margarita base. The egg white brings in a fascinating texture just like ​some of the best classic cocktails.

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    Jalapeno Margaita

    Jalapeno Margarita
    S&C Design Studios

    You will need:  reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, agave nectar, orange bitters, jalapeno pepper

    We cannot celebrate Cinco de Mayo without tossing a little spice into the mix. The Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect recipe for tequila drinkers who like it hot.

    This recipe goes beyond the "just add a jalapeno" mentality for all things spicy. It classes it up with reposado tequila and an orange liqueur upgrade. That makes it as sophisticated as it is fun, which is just what we're looking for in truly memorable tequila cocktails.