5 Cinco de Mayo drinks better than beer and margaritas

Although I'm not Mexican, I love celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I take it as an opportunity to celebrate Latin culture in general and teach my American friends a thing or two about delicious Latin food and drink. We celebrated National Margarita Day with some delicious margaritas and even St. Patrick's Day with some great Latin beer cocktails.

But when it comes time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, this year I don't just want to rely on the typical cerveza and margarita for the festivities. While I love both of those drinks, sometimes I want something a little bit more inventive. So this year I'm having one of these other Mexican drinks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Whether you're looking for something beer-based, with rum or the traditional tequila, all of these are sure to please.  


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Michelada (recipe courtesy of Serious Eats)

1/2 lime
Coarse salt
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 dash soy sauce
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1 pinch black pepper
1 dash Maggi seasoning, optional
12 ounces beer, preferably a dark Mexican beer like Negra Modelo.

Squeeze the juice from the lime and set aside. Salt the rim of a highball glass by rubbing it with the lime and dipping it in coarse salt. Fill with ice. Add lime juice, Worcestershire, soy sauce, Tabasco, pepper and Maggi, if desired. Pour in beer, stir and serve, adding more beer as you sip.

Beer Margarita (recipe courtesy of Food Network)

1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
1/4 cup coarse salt
2 (12-ounce) bottles your favorite beer, chilled
1/2 cup frozen concentrate limeade, thawed
1/2 cup chilled tequila
Ice cubes

Rub lime wedges around rims of 4 margarita glasses. Dip rims into salt to coat lightly. In a medium pitcher, combine beer, limeade, and tequila. Fill prepared glasses with ice, then with margarita mixture. Garnish with remaining lime wedges. Serve immediately.

Paloma (recipe courtesy of Esquire)

2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce lime juice
pinch of salt
grapefruit soda

Combine the tequila (reposado, preferably), lime juice, and salt in a tall glass. Add ice, top off with grapefruit soda, and stir. The soda can be hard to find; we prefer the Mexican Jarritos brand, but anything will do, even, at last resort, lemon-lime soda with a splash of grapefruit juice. Some prefer the salt on the rim of the glass, but we say just throw it in. Others omit it entirely. Don't.

Rum-Spiked Horchata (recipe courtesy of All Recipes)

1 cup uncooked long grain rice
2 quarts warm water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/4 cups milk
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup rum, or to taste
16 cubes ice

Mix the rice and warm water together in a bowl, and let stand for 1/2 hour. Reserving the water, drain, and place the rice in the bowl of a food processor. Add the cinnamon and process until a paste forms. Return the rice to the water and let stand at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally as the water turns milky white. Strain the rice through a fine sieve into a bowl or pitcher. Stir in the milk, condensed milk, vanilla, and rum, until evenly blended. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. To serve, divide the ice cubes between four glasses, and pour the chilled horchata over the ice.

Vampiros Mexicanos (recipe courtesy of Drinks Mixer)

citrus soda
Viuda de Sanchez

You can play with the proportion to your taste, but these are the portions I use for me. In a tall Glass, first rim the Glass with Kosher Salt, add about half or more Ice, a shot or two of Good quality Tequila, squeeze a Lime add a pinch of Kosher Salt if you like now, add Squirt till about four fifths of the glass full and now depending on how spicy you want it add Viuda de Sanchez stir it and Enjoy!!! If you can't find Viuda de Sanchez, I've substituted it with a good quality Orange juice, a lime, and Pico de Gallo seasoning a good brand is Via nueva, but is won't make your drink red like Viuda de Sanchez mix will and that's why the drink is call Vampiro (In English it translates to Vampire) because its looks red.

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What Cinco de Mayo cocktail are you planning to drink, or will you stick to cerveza and Margaritas?

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