We just enjoyed a festive Cinco de Mayo, and while this celebration of a Mexican victory in a battle against France may be less lauded in Mexico and largely misunderstood in the US, we Americans will definitely take the opportunity to partake in some fantastic Mexican food and drink!
Today, we recommend 5 tasty cocktails and mocktails for your Cinco sipping with friends. ¡Olé!
Margarita—Despite the popularity of jumbo-sized margaritas full of syrups, sodas, mixes, and added flavors, the classic margarita recipe is a perfect example of elegant simplicity with just three ingredients: high-quality tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Check out this recipe from Serious Eats for a delicious margarita with a fresh, sweet-tart taste.
Horchata—If something creamy and dessert-like is more your style, try prepping some tasty, non-alcoholic horchata for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta. A popular drink throughout many Latin-American countries, horchata is often made from rice milk and cinnamon for a sweet, creamy, slightly spicy treat. This recipe from chef Aaron Sanchez courtesy of the Food Network is a no-frills take on this Mexican favorite, complete with an aromatic cinnamon-stick garnish.
Paloma—Arguably the most popular drink in Mexico, the Paloma is the lesser-known (in the US) cousin of the margarita—and is just as refreshing a complement to an al fresco dinner with friends. Recipes vary for the Paloma, but this version by PunchDrink.com keeps it light, fizzy, and citrusy with tequila, grapefruit juice, club soda, and lime, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Feel free to sub out the soda, simple syrup, and juice for an all-in-one grapefruit soda if you want to keep it easy!
Agua Fresca—This thirst-quenching favorite translates to “fresh water” and is popular across Mexico as a summer-ready sipper. You can make a light and delicious agua fresca from a variety of fruits, including juicy melons like this recipe from New York Times Cooking featuring fresh watermelon or cantaloupe. Chill the mixture and garnish with just-picked mint leaves for an extra aromatic lift.
Michelada—For the daring cocktail enthusiast who is a fan of savory drinks, try mixing up a batch of Micheladas for your spice-loving amigos. A little like a Bloody Mary, this shandy-style drink combines beer with tangy flavors like lime and orange juice as well as spicy and savory elements like pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce. These hearty concoctions can also handle the addition of robust tomato juice or even Clamato if you like that hint of the sea in your glass. Don’t forget to salt the rim!
Whether you’re celebrating by cooking up traditional favorites like tamales or just grabbing some quick taco-truck fare, raise a glass in fiesta fashion this Summer with these delicious drinks.
Happy Cinco de Mayo, and Happy Foodie Friday!
And, of course, for something a little weird…
If partying in a kitschy, low-budget style is more your modus operandi when May 5th comes around, consider the convenience-store charms of the humble Mountain Dew variety, Baja Blast. This aquamarine-hued seasonal soda has an enthusiastic fan base who await its release each Cinco de Mayo. Fortunately for the rest of us, the fun foodies at FoodBeast have compiled a handy list of ways to best enjoy it as an eye-catching mixer for your own brightly colored backyard cocktails.