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5 Delicious Cocktails You Want to Drink to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Just like everyone turns Irish on St. Patty’s Day, when Cinco de Mayo rolls into town, there isn’t a shaved upper lip in sight. So pull out a piñata and some cocktail gear, because we’ve got cinco de-licious drinks that are sure to get something smashed on our favourite Mexican holiday

On May 5th, 1862 the Mexican army, against all odds, defeated French forces at the Battle of Puebla, reinforcing the resistance movement and sending a permanent wave of unity and pride over the people and culture of Mexico. 

To honour this momentous Mexican event, you are going to get donkey-tooth drunk.

Don’t worry – it’s totally cool – that’s what they want you to do.

So soap up those sombreros and pleat those ponchos; here are cinco easy-to-make cocktails you should drinko on 5-5-15 to celebrate the great country/state/city we call Meh-Hee-Koh…

Happy Cinco from your amigos at Notable.


– kosher salt
– 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
– 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 1/4 cup mezcal or tequila
– 1/4 cup club soda

Pour some kosher salt on a plate. Rub half of rim of a highball glass with a grapefruit wedge; dip rim of glass in salt. Combine 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, and 1 teaspoon sugar in glass; stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in 1/4 cup mezcal or tequila, add ice, and top off with 1/4 cup club soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

– 1 beer (Modelo if you can find it)
– Clamato Juice
– 3-4 splashes hot sauce, more or less to taste.
– 2 splashes of Worcestershire sauce
– 2 splashes of Maggi sauce (or soy sauce)
– Juice of one lime
– Tajín seasoning (or salt) for the rim

Take about a tablespoon of Tajín (or salt) and sprinkle it on a small plate. Rub a slice of lime around the rim of the glass and then press the rim in the Tajín to salt the rim. Fill the glass about 1/4 to 1/3 with the Clamato juice. Add the hot sauce, the lime juice, the Worcestershire sauce, and the soy sauce. If you used Tajín to salt the rim, pour any excess from the plate into the glass. Fill the rest with cold beer. Garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy.

– 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
– 1/2 ounce crème de cassis
– 1/2 ounce lime juice
– Ginger beer

Pour the tequila, cassis, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with ginger beer.

– 1 tsp. agave nectar
– 2 slices blood orange, plus peel for garnish
– 3 oz. reposado tequila
– 1–2 dashes bitters

Muddle/smoosh agave and orange slices in a cocktail shaker; add tequila and ice. Stir until well-chilled and strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Add bitters and garnish with orange peel.

– 100% agave tequila
– Salt
– 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
– ½ ounce Cointreau

Place salt in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass, then dip it in the salt. Fill the glass with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau; stir a few times until chilled. Serve and drink IMMEDIATELY.

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