Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipes

While the most obvious cocktail to celebrate the holiday is the traditional margarita, there are many variations on the cocktail that are also worth exploring. If margaritas are not your thing, we have included a few others that we think you will enjoy while listening to Mariachi music and celebrating with friends. Grab a bottle of Jose Cuervo and start experimenting with your favorite flavors from the list below. Salud!Margarita

The Traditional Margarita

This drink is a real treat from South of the Border! Take a cocktail glass and rub the lime wedge around the rim, dip rim in the salt.


  • 1 ½ oz tequila blanco
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • ½ oz lime juice or sweet & sour
  • Bar salt
  • Lime squeeze


In a shaker with ice combine tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Shake well a strain into the cocktail glass.

Tequila Sunrise

This fun cocktail is named for the way that the denser grenadine settles to the bottom of the glass while the tequila and orange juice sit perched above the grenadine, making it look like a sunrise.

If you are serious about celebrating the holiday, substitute the grenadine in the glass for a dark rum or brandy to create the tequila sunrise’s alter-ego, the tequila sunset.

2 measures tequila
orange juice
2 dashes grenadine syrup
Pour tequila in a highball glass with ice, and top with orange juice. Stir. Add grenadine by tilting glass and pouring grenadine down side by flipping the bottle vertically very quickly. The grenadine should go straight to the bottom and then rise up slowly through the drink. Garnish stirrer, straw and cherry-orange.


Margaritas are a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But they’re not the only way! Here’s one of my favorite tequila cocktails, the Paloma. This cocktail is a tall, cool and not too sweet. Tequila, lime and grapefruit juice (or soda). So nice on a hot day.

2 oz tequila (blanco or reposado)
1 oz lime juice
4-5 oz grapefruit juice or soda
1 pinch of salt

Build in a tall glass over ice. Start with the tequila, lime juice and salt and then fill with grapefruit juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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