Your Cinco de Mayo 2023 Guide To Enjoy With Your Friends

Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with a lot of things: Margaritas, Mexican food and a great reason to celebrate the cusp of summer. But before you raise a glass and dive into those chips and salsa, take a second to appreciate the holiday’s origins.

It was May of 1862 when the French invaded Mexico — again — over unresolved debts. In an unlikely turn of events, the Mexican army defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla.

Although they eventually lost the war, they certainly won the battle, and you can still visit the city of Puebla today to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Below we highlight some fun and festive ways to enjoy the day as well as some delicious cocktails that you will want to enjoy all summer long.

Where To Celebrate

Bahia Principe Grand Coba

Nestled on the edge of Mexico’s gorgeous Yucatan Peninsula, Bahia Principe Grand Coba serves as the perfect escape for families, couples, or solo travelers looking to get away these holidays. As the largest resort in the property’s Riviera Maya complex, the 1,080-key property boasts something for everyone with a wide array of family-friendly amenities that include two lake-style pools, six globally inspired restaurants, eight bars, a nightclub, a casino, Bahia spa, and much more.

As part of the brand’s Grand category, guests can enjoy a selection of added perks such as unlimited wi-fi, one hour per day complimentary kayaking or paddling, and several entertainment activities inspired by the local Mayan culture. Additionally, its setting in Riviera Maya allows for plenty of nearby activities and attractions to enjoy outdoors, including discovering the world’s second-largest barrier reef or exploring archaeological sites like the coastal ruins of Tulum.

Bahia Principe Grand Tulum

Featuring the ORIGIN concept, which inspired a holistic design that integrates nature and sustainability, Bahia Principe Grand Tulum also presents an engaging family-friendly experience to fully immerse into the origin of the Mayan Culture. At this seaside resort located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, family entertainment is endless, with ten dedicated spaces for hours of fun, including an expansive Kids Zone named Zama, which was the original name of Tulum’s walled city, boasting ziplines, tunnels and slides.

This section features numerous activity areas where children can learn about the Mayan culture through play, archaeology, and exploration. In addition to three pools and a beach area, guests can explore impressive cenotes, enjoy a relaxing spa with outdoor palapas for treatments alfresco, numerous green spaces and trails, water and land recreational activities, a fully equipped fitness center, shopping area, and a discotheque. The hotel also boasts family-friendly suites that include connecting areas with common living rooms, perfect for bonding and enjoyment.

Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal

Families that visit Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal will experience the essence of the Mexican Caribbean, with a touch of exclusivity. Located just steps away from the coastline, Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal is the perfect spot for those who want to wake up at the seafront and enjoy the incredible views that this resort has to offer. With lots of exciting activities to choose from, this resort is sure to delight every family member.

The resort is home to 758 spacious Junior Suite Superior rooms equipped with two full-size beds or one king-size along with superior amenities and services including 3 swimming pools, 4 Jacuzzis, 2 children’s swimming pools, a gym and 5 tennis courts. Parents can enjoy from both an adult-only oceanfront area with an infinity pool and snack bar and take a break from their hectic lives to immerse in the Mayan traditions of the Bahia Spa, offering everything from a four-technique Mayan experience massage to a Chocolate delights Ritual — featuring a chocolate wrap and a massage with cocoa oil. In the meantime, kids have a broad range of activities to choose from at the resort’s Kids Club.

Bahia Principe Luxury Sian Ka’an

For those looking to spend their holidays in an adult-only haven, Bahia Principe Luxury Sian Ka’an is the perfect option. Located in the tropical Paradise of the Mexican Caribbean, this exclusive property offers personalized service, luxury touches and the picture-perfect setting to enjoy a private and secluded space.

The hotel is home to four pools, nine restaurants and bars and one exclusive beach club for couples to lounge in style. As part of the group’s luxury brand, this property offers special amenities for guests including pillow menu, aromas menu, 24-room service, nighttime turndown service and waiters on the beach and at the swimming pool.

Conveniently located next to the PGA Riviera Maya Golf Club (18-hole course and 9-hole executive course surrounded by cenotes and natural lakes, recognized one of the top five courses in Mexico) , this hotel is the region’s best option for golf enthusiasts and active travelers.

The Gabriel Miami

The Gabriel Miami is a 129-key lifestyle hotel in Downtown Miami offering spacious rooms and suites with views of Biscayne Bay, perfect for watching the sunrise over the Miami skyline. On the first floor of The Gabriel Miami is G Bar is an expansive restaurant splashed with green and navy tones and telescopic sliding doors that open up to a covered terrace, allowing for open-air dining.

On May 5 through May 7, G Bar will have a special Cinco de Mayo menu featuring Tacos and Margaritas that will include two tacos, deconstructed street corn on the side and a margarita of choice for $20. The selection of tacos are Crispy Short Rib Tacos served with a smoked paprika aioli, pickled onions, and cotija cheese; Fish Tacos in a chipotle crema with pickled jalapenos and a fresh lime slaw; or the Smoked Chicken Tacos accompanied by fresh pico de gallo, lime cabbage and a bang bang sauce. Elleven20 Tequila margaritas will be available at $15 and Mezcal margaritas will be available for $19. The hotel’s pool bar, Bella’s Bar, will also feature the special Cinco de Mayo menu all weekend long.

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

A perfect end to your tequila travels, travelers can come to The Anasazi Bar and Lounge at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi. Famously known for its classic Silver Coin Margaritas, the hotel also offers a special Tequila-Tasting Experience where a tequila expert intimately leads guests through a tasting of various distinguished premium tequila brands whilst learning about the history of the liquor and the process of agave at the bar’s tequila table. Unique food courses inspired by the Southwestern cuisine of the region will also be paired alongside each of the tequila guests try for an encompassing gastronomic experience.

The Knickerbocker

Festivities will take place on the St. Cloud rooftop overlooking the city, with a special taco menu and complimentary tequila tastings from Patron, Don Julio, Volcan, and Compante Mescal. To further encourage the true spirit of the Mexican celebration, a live Mariachi band will serenade the crowd.

Pink Taco

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to gather with friends and celebrate everything Mexican- from food to music — so what better way to celebrate than at a Pink Taco, an eclectic Mexican restaurant serving tacos with an attitude since 1999? Pink Taco is where bold tastes come together alongside a rock music-fueled vibe. So grab some friends and check out Pink Taco’s tequila saturated menu and killer tacos!

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square

Cinco de Mayo is quickly approaching and what better way to celebrate Mexico’s victory than at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square while sipping on delicious cocktails and enjoying panoramic views of the city!

NYC’s largest indoor/outdoor all-season hotel rooftop bar and lounge, Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is offering exciting food and drink specials beginning at 3pm only on Friday, May 5th:

  • $10 Sip Margs Cans (classic or spicy)
  • $50 buckets of Sip Margs Cans (choose classic, spicy, or a mix of both!)
  • 20% off Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Grilled Pineapple, Avocado, and Salsa Verde
  • 20% off Chips & Guacamole with Tortilla Chips and Radish

Malibu Farm New York

This year, Malibu Farm New York will be offering the “Cantarita,” a delicious and refreshing tequila-based cocktail to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, served in a beautiful ceramic cup decorated with white and green to pay homage to the Mexican flag.

If you’re in the mood to kick off the festivities a few days early, Malibu Farm offers their Tacos & Tequila menu every Tuesday. Stop in for a trio of tacos and a craft margarita for only $35.

Mamey on 3rd

Located on the third floor of THesis Hotel, Mamey on 3rd, the rooftop extension of the Caribbean inspired restaurant, Mamey, will be hosting its third annual Cinco de Mayo on May 5 at 3pm. Inspired by Chef Niven’s travels throughout Asia, French Polynesia and the Caribbean, both Mamey and Mamey on 3rd are known for showcasing the exotic flavors and spices commonly found in the islands.

The vibrant cocktails and dishes offered this Cinco de Mayo will be no different. To kick off the holiday the celebration will feature live cooking, delectable Maestro Dobel cocktails and tropical beats. Guests can purchase tickets on Opentable for $55 per person inclusive of two specialty welcome cocktails and exclusive menu items.

Cinco de Mayo Cocktails & Spirits

Casamigos Margarita Bundle

This Cinco de Mayo, Casamigos has partnered with TheBar.Com to curate a custom, limited edition cocktail kit just in time for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The kit, which makes approximately 16 cocktails, comes with a bottle of Casamigos, fresh ingredients batched together for easy pouring, a jigger for measuring out your cocktails and four Casamigos branded shot glasses. It is the ultimate party in a box, perfect for celebrating or gifting!

The Cocktail Kit box contains:

One bottle of Casamigos Blanco

One bottle of Prickly Pear Margarita cocktail mix

One bottle of Spicy Margarita cocktail mix

One jigger

Four Casamigos shot glasses

Directions on how to mix your cocktails

This kit makes 16 cocktails

EL CIELO SPRITZ

Ingredients

1 oz (30ml) PATRÓN EL CIELO

2 oz (60ml) chilled Pinot Grigio or Provençale Rose Wine

3 oz (90ml) chilled Ginger Ale

Method

In a white wine glass with cubed ice, build all ingredients, stir to combine. Garnish with a fresh orange wedge — squeeze and drop into the glass

Midnight Margarita

Created by Mixologist Ben Scorah

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. Tequila Don Julio Blanco

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice

⅔ oz. Spicy Monk Fruit Simple Syrup

Method

Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, fresh orange and Spicy monk fruit juice simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake well.

Strain contents into a double rocks glass.

Garnish with lime wheel.

Blood Orange Margarita

Created by Mixologist Ben Scorah

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. TDJ Blanco

½ oz. Blood Orange Juice

0.15 oz. Lime Juice

½ oz. Kumquat Cordial*

*Add the 1/4 cup of sliced kumquats to 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, let sit at room temperature for 24- 36 hours. Add 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice and 1/4 cup fresh tangerine juice and a pinch of salt, mix thoroughly and discard the lime zests.

Method

Add ingredients to a shaker and strain into rocks glass with ice.

Perfect Pineapple Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Patrón Silver

.5 oz Citrónge Orange Liqueur

1 oz Pineapple juice

.5 oz Lime juice

Tajín rim

Lime wedge for garnish

Method

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until combined and chilled. Strain into a Tajín-rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Watermelon Basil Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Patrón Reposado

1 oz Fresh watermelon juice or puree

1 oz Fresh lime juice

1 oz Agave nectar

3 Basil leaves or basil simple syrup

Watermelon wedge or dehydrated lime wheel for garnish

Method

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a basil leaf and wedge of watermelon or dehydrated lime wheel.

Patrón Classic Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Patrón Silver

1 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange

.75 oz Fresh lime juice

.25 oz Simple syrup

Lime wedge for garnish

Kosher salt (optional)

Method

Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Optionally, salt half the rim of the glass with kosher salt.

Cazadores Margarita

Crafted by Manny Hinojosa, Global Brand Ambassador

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. Tequila Cazadores Blanco

½ oz. Premium Triple Sec

½ Agave Nectar

1 oz. Lime

Method

In a cocktail shaker with ice combine all the ingredients, shake and serve over the rocks in glass.

Highland Margarita

Crafted by Manny Hinojosa, Global Brand Ambassador

Ingredients

2 oz. Tequila Cazadores Reposado

1 oz. Agave Nectar

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

4 oz. Grapefruit Juice

1 Lime Wheel

Method

In a cocktail shaker with ice combine all the ingredients, shake and serve over the rocks in a bucket glass.

Jalapeño Margarita

Crafted by Manny Hinojosa, Global Brand Ambassador

Ingredients

1 ½ part Tequila Cazadores Blanco

½ part Premium Triple Sec

½ part Agave Nectar

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1 Slice of Jalapeño

Method

In a cocktail shaker with ice combine all the ingredients, shake and serve over the rocks in glass.

Spicy Pineapple Cilantro Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila

.75 oz. Pineapple Juice

.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.25 oz. Simple Syrup

8–10 Cilantro Leaves

2 Serrano Slices or 2 Dashes Firewater Bitters

1⁄2 Thick Rim Equal Parts Salt/Sugar/Dried Cilantro

2 Pineapple Leaves and Serrano Slice

Method

Wet 1/2 rim of glass with lime wheel or wedge, then dip into salt mixture. Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker, then muddle serrano/cilantro. Add ice, shake vigorously and fine strain into a rimmed rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish.

SMOKY CASA MARGARITA

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Casamigos Mezcal Joven

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.75 oz. Agave Nectar

2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Charred Orange Peel

Method

Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice, shake well, and strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with a charred orange peel.

Cantera Negra Blood Orange Mimosa

Ingredients

1oz Cantera Negra Reposado Tequila

1oz Aperol

2oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice

Champagne or sparkling wine

Method

Shake all ingredients (minus champagne).

Strain into highball glass over ice.

Slowly add champagne to fill.

Garnish with a blood orange wheel.

Astral Old Fashioned

You can make every purchase of Astral Tequila ‘for the house’ by purchasing a bottle on Drizly and save big by using the code FORTHEHOUSE to get $10 off your purchase! Through Astral Tequila’s Adobe Brick Project, when you purchase a bottle of Astral or order it at your favorite bar, you help produce approximately two adobe bricks which are upcycled from the spent agave from the tequila distillation, and then used to build homes for those in need in Jalisco, Mexico where the tequila is produced.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Astral Tequila Añejo

1 Barspoon of Agave Nectar

2 Dashes of Chocolate Bitters

Method

Add all ingredients into an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir for 10 to 12 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with grated chocolate and an orange twist.

Cincoro Passion

Ingredients

2 oz Cincoro Blanco

.75oz Chinola (or Passion Fruit Liqueur)

.5oz Muddled Jalapenos or Giffard spicy liqueur

.5oz fresh lime

.25oz Agave

Method

Combine, shake and strain over ice

Grand Margarita

Ingredients

1 part Grand Marnier® Cordon Rouge

1 part Tequila

.5 part Fresh Lime Juice

Ice cubes

Lime Garnish

Method

Fill a wide, shallow dish with 2–3 mm of fine salt. Cut a lime in half at the width and rub around half of the rim of a margarita glass. Cut a thin, crosswise slice from one of the lime halves for garnish. Holding glass upside down, dip wet half delicately into the salt. Shake Grand Marnier, tequila and lime juice with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into glass and apply lime garnish to the rim.

DELEON TEQUILA SUNSET

Ingredients

1.5 oz- DeLeón Reposado Tequila

1 Orange Wedge Muddled or Splash of Fresh OJ

4 oz- Lemonade

Glassware — Highball

Method

Garnish with Orange Slice

El Santo

For those who like a little spice in their life.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Tres Agaves Organic 100% de Agave Blanco Tequila

1 oz Apple juice

.5 oz Lime juice

3 slices of Jalapeños

Method

Put all the ingredients except the jalapeños into a shaker

Shake until mix and cool

Serve double strained in a rock glass with ice

Add jalapeño slices as garnish

Cierto Margarita

Ingredients

2 oz Cierto Tequila Private Collection Blanco

1 oz Citrus Stock

1 oz Lime Juice

⅓ oz Citrus Agave Tincture

3 drops Saline

Method

Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake with ice until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with lime slices.

Fiero Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Patron Silver

.75 oz Martini & Rossi Fiero

.75 oz fresh lime juice

.5 oz simple syrup (1:1)

Method

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel, and salt rim optional

St~Germain Margarita

Ingredients

1 oz St-Germain

1 1/2 oz Patron Silver Tequila

3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Lime Wedge for Garnish

Method

Combine the St‑Germain, tequila and fresh lime juice into a shaker. Add ice into the shaker and shake vigorously until it is nicely chilled. Strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Tangerine Chile Gran Paloma

Developed by James Beard Award winning chef Pati Jinich, this recipe is a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail

Ingredients

2 oz Gran Centenario® Añejo Tequila

2 oz Fresh Tangerine Juice

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz Chile de Árbol Agave Syrup

Seltzer Water

Method

Rim double rocks glass with salt. Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass over fresh ice. Top with seltzer water and garnish with a tangerine slice.

Espolòn Blanco Spicy Margarita

Ingredients

45 ml Espolòn Blanco

15 ml of Ancho Reyes Verde

30 ml Fresh Lime Juice

10 ml agave syrup (depending on sweetness)

Method

Shake ingredients with plenty of ice, double strain in a in a coupette. Garnish with lime peel/wedge.

Premium coupette (or rock as an alternative “on the rocks”)

Mezcal UNIÓN Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz Mezcal UNIÓN Uno

0.75 oz Lime Juice

0.5 oz Orange Liqueur

0.25 oz Agave Syrup

Method

In an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, add Mezcal UNIÓN Uno, lime juice, orange liqueur and agave syrup. Garnish with an orange, lime slice, or worm salt on the rim.

The Original Margarita

Ingredients

1 oz. Cointreau

2 oz. blanco tequila

1 oz. fresh lime juice

Method

Wet rim of a rocks glass with lime and dip in salt. Set aside.

Combine the Cointreau, blanco tequila, and fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker

Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds

Fill the prepared salt-rimmed rocks glass with ice and strain cocktail into the glass. Garnish with a lime wheel

DEVIL’S MARGARITA

Ingredients

1½ ounces Volcán Tequila Blanco

1 ounce fresh lime juice

⅔ ounce simple syrup

⅔ ounce fruity red wine

Method

Pour tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and slowly pour the red wine into the drink using a bar spoon.

Hornitos Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Ingredients

3 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila

½ part DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur

1 part Lemon juice

1 part Lime juice

1 part Agave Nectar (Optional)

1 Mini Cucumber

1 Jalapeno

Method

Muddle 1–2 thin slices of jalapeño pepper in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with the lime, lemon and optional agave nectar juices. Add the Tequila, Triple Sec and a handful of ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass over ice. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumbers, and Jalapeño slices (optional for spice).

Picante Margarita

Created by Luis Lopez

Ingredients

2 oz Milagro Silver

1 oz Fresh lime juice

¾ oz Agave nectar

¼ oz Tabasco hot sauce (3–4 dashes)

3 slices of cucumber

Method

First muddle 2 cucumber slices in shaker before adding any other ingredients. Then add the rest of ingredients with fresh ice and give it a shake for 5–10 seconds next strain and pour into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with the remaining cucumber wheel and enjoy.

LALO Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Ingredients

2oz LALO Tequila

2oz lime juice

1.5oz pineapple juice

½ of a small cucumber

2–4 slices of jalapeño

1–2 tbsps honey or agave syrup

Method

Rim edge of glass with lime wedge and dip in Tajín or salt. Add ingredients to blender and strain when smooth. In cocktail shaker, muddle slices of jalapeño, ice, cocktail mix and shake until chilled. Strain into glass. Serve with extra lime wedges and garnish with jalapeño slices.

Cointreau Matcha Margarita

This Cinco de Mayo there is a lot to celebrate, in addition to falling on a Friday (for the first time in 7 years), The Original Margarita is also turning 75 this spring. As an essential ingredient in The Original Margarita, Cointreau is giving away $75,000 for consumers to enjoy their Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Cointreau will be dispersing over 3,500 payouts on 5/5, amongst the most loyal Margarita-drinkers — those who enjoy all of their Margaritas with Cointreau.

Ingredients

1oz Cointreau

2oz Blanco Tequila

.75oz Fresh Lime Juice

0.5 bar spoon Matcha Green Tea Powder

Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker

Add ice and shake until well-chilled

Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass

Garnish with a lime slice

Cuervo Grapefruit & Jalapeno Margarita

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. Jose Cuervo® Tradicional® Reposado

1 oz. of freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice

1/2 oz. agave nectar

1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 oz. orange liqueur

3 fresh jalapeño slices

Method

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Salt your rim if desired, shake, and pour over ice. You can add the jalapeño into the mixer and mix for a stronger kick, or add to the drink after and let sit for a minute before drinking. Enjoy!

The Classic Cuervo Margarita

Ingredients

2 oz. Jose Cuervo® Tradicional® Plata

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. orange liqueur

Agave syrup to taste

Lime for garnish

Salt for rim

Ice

Method

In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Jose Cuervo® Tradicional® Plata, fresh lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave syrup to taste. Shake well! Run lime wedge around the rim of glass then dip the glass into salt. Add ice to the glass and strain in contents of the shaker. Garnish the glass with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Smirnoff Spicy Tama-rita

Ingredients

1 1/2 Oz of Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind

3/4 Oz Lime Juice

1 Oz Orange Liqueur

1 Cup Ice

Chili Lime Salt & Lime Wheel

Method

Rim a glass with chili lime salt

Combine Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind, fresh lime juice, orange liqueur into a cocktail shaker with ice

Shake well

Strain into a rocks glass over ice

Garnish with a lime wheel

The Extra Elevated Margarita

Ingredients

2 parts Avion Reserva 44

1 parts Lime Juice

½ part solerno/cointreau

½ part noir or orange cognac liqeur

5 parts Agave

Gold salt garnish

Method

Build in tin, add ice, and shake. Strain into rocks glass over cubed ice. Garnish with gold salt half rim.

Tommy’s 89 Margarita

Ingredients

2oz Tequila Enemigo 89 Añejo Cristalino

1.5oz Lime juice

1/2oz Honey / Agave Syrup

Method

Shake all ingredients over ice and serve.

Cantera Margarita

Ingredients

2oz Cantera Negra Silver

1oz lime

.5oz agave syrup

Orange bitters

Method

Shake and strain over ice in double rocks glass

Add 2 dashes of orange bitters giving a nice orange essence without any added sugar

Spicy Margarita

Elevate your classic margarita recipe with Ghost Tequila. This spicy and sour cocktail is sure to satisfy all your National Margarita Day cravings with an added kick to take your margarita game to the next level.

Ingredients

2 oz Ghost Tequila

1 oz Triple Sec

1 oz Lime Juice

.5 oz Agave Nectar

Soda of Choice

Jalapeños (Optional)

Salt or Tajín to garnish

Method

Add Ghost Tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, agave nectar and ice to a shaker. Shake vigorously. Rim glass of choice with salt or Tajín. Pour into glass and top with soda of choice. Garnish with jalapeños (optional).

Spicy Tajín® Margarita

Ingredients

2 oz. Camarena® Silver

0.5 oz. Triple Sec

0.75 oz. Agave nectar

0.75 oz. Lime juice

Method

Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled glass rimmed with Tajín®, and garnish with a lime wheel.

Dealer’s Choice Old Fashioned

Ingredients

2 parts The Glenlivet 12 Year Old

¼ part coffee liqueur

¼ part Cherry liqueur

¼ part water

2 dashes smoked bitters

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Method

Combine over ice in a rocks glass.

Stir.

Garnish with a lemon wheel. If you’re feeling extra fancy, impress your guests by using edible charcoal and a stencil to adorn your lemon wheel.

BETTY BUZZ SPARKLING MARGARITA

Ingredients

1.5 oz Tequila

1/2 Bottle Betty Buzz Sparkling Lemon Lime

1 oz agave or simple syrup

Method

Start with a lowball glass and add ice, tequila, agave, Betty Buzz Sparkling Lemon Lime, and stir together. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Kenny’s Favorite Marg

The name says it all! A classic margarita with an 818 Tequila Reposado and tajin kick

Ingredients

2 oz 818 Tequila Reposado

2 oz orange liqueur (Cointreau preferred)

0.75 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz agave

Half Tajin (preferred) or salt rim

Method

Shake

Serve over ice

Garnish with orange slice

Tequilas To Use To Make Your Own Creations

Tequila Don Julio 1942

Made from 100% weber agave, Tequila Don Julio 1942 is aged for at least two and a half years in American white oak barrels, creating a one-of-a-kind silky-smooth taste with notes of rich vanilla, spice, and tropical fruits best enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

PATRÓN EL ALTO

PATRÓN EL ALTO marks the brand’s first step into the prestige category and demonstrates over four years of craftsmanship, ingenuity and artistry. Additional highlights about the premium expression include:

As a result of over 300 tastings, legendary Master Distiller David Rodriguez and his talented team of distilling artisans combined an exceptional selection of the best Reposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo tequilas to create PATRÓN EL ALTO — resulting in a naturally smooth and sweet taste with subtle notes of figs, honey, caramel, dried fruit and vanilla.

PATRÓN EL ALTO is perfect for momentous occasions big and small, packaged in an elegant and distinctive bottle, matching the azure hues of the agave fields in the Jalisco Highlands.

The exceptional tequila is available in select U.S. markets including New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles at an SRP of $179.

Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven

Young in spirit, old in soul, Joven is elevated by being mixed with a measure of Lobos 1707 Tequila, Reposado. The liquid is carbon-filtered, then finished in the brand’s historic Pedro Ximénez (PX) wine barrels using the solera system method, resulting in a more mature flavor profile.

818 Tequila

Founded by Kendall Jenner, 818 Tequila is an award-winning, hand-crafted tequila brand committed to uplifting the women and men who make it. Produced using traditional methods in Jalisco, Mexico at a family-owned-and-operated distillery, the brand has won 32 blind tasting awards across eleven major industry competitions. Sustainably produced from one hundred percent Weber Blue agaves, 818 Tequila features four variations: Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Eight Reserve by 818 — an ultra premium Añejo Reserve.

DeLeón Reposado Tequila

Ultra-Premium DeLeón Reposado Tequila blends the craft of the French winemakers with the art of fine tequila to create a Reposado with the incredible richness and complexity imparted by aging in both American (2/3 of the time) and French Oak barrels used to age wine (1/3 of the time). Made from selected 100% Blue Weber agave tequilana sourced from the rich earth of the Los Altos region of Jalisco, the agave is hand-selected for ripeness before harvesting and yields sweet piñas to achieve the smoothness of DeLeón Tequila.

Tequila Bribón

Tequila Bribón, produced by one of the top tequila families in Mexico, is the proud result of a mission to bring a high-quality tequila that everyone can embrace from newbies to aficionados. This outstanding 100% blue agave tequila is made using only fully matured 8- to 10-year-old agaves, all harvested by hand. The end result is a complex and sophisticated ultra-premium tequila available at a great value price-point, that is also extremely approachable and easy to drink. In addition, just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the brand has just released new label designs featuring a sleek and elegant aesthetic that matches the quality of the ultra-premium spirit.

Gracias a Dios

Directly translating to Thank God, Gracias a Dios is a handmade, ultra-premium quality mezcal from Oaxaca with a deep commitment to family values and Mexican culture. Gracias a Dios values its people and the environment, employing eco-friendly practices that include water conservation, solar energy, and recyclable materials.

While we all adore the traditional margarita for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, this year, we’ve rounded up four cocktails perfect for a fiesta using Tequila Bribón and Gracias a Dios Mezcal.

Mayenda Tequila

Mayenda’s pioneering process adds two extra steps of craft and care — maceration and the blending of agave miel into the base distillate — to capture the deep flavors and aromas of cooked agave, which are often lost in tequila-making. The result is a richer, more complex Blanco tequila ideal for sipping.

Served neat and at room temperature; to experience the full range of Mayenda’s flavors, sip and pair alongside a roasted and raw pineapple slice both dipped in pink Himalayan salt.

Volcán Cristalino Tequila

Volcán’s premium, aged Tequila Cristalino blends robust notes such as vanilla, caramel, and chocolate, all blended in casks from the old world to create a unique, but deep flavor. This Anejo Cristalino is filtered in order to remove it’s color and accentuate it’s rich flavors.

Volcán Blanco Tequila

Volcán’s Tequila Blanco blends herbal, citrus, and spice notes indicative of the lowlands with fruit notes of cherry, pear, and peach from the highlands. Made with 100% heart, this Blanco is crafted with only the very best agave sourced from each of these distinct regions.

Próspero Tequila

Próspero Tequila is distilled by Stella Anguiano, one of Mexico’s only premier female Master Distillers, alongside International pop star and Chief Creative Partner, Rita Ora. The two work together to change the perception of tequila as a male-dominated spirit. Próspero Tequila is available in three expressions: Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo.

Próspero is born of the lush, volcanic soil in the tequila valley of Jalisco. Every element is crafted by hand: from the elegant bottle to the exquisite flavor profile, to the artistically illustrated label. Próspero is driven by a commitment to work slowly and with passion, all driven by a woman’s touch. Stella has perfected her craft with Próspero Tequila, from the roasting of agave hearts to hand selecting the spirit’s final cut. All three expressions are made from 100% blue agave tequila from the lowlands of Jalisco, Mexico.

Partida Roble Fino Reposado Cristalino

This stunning bottle sports tequila clear as a diamond with the full flavor of Partida’s Roble Fino Reposado. Aged for 6 months in ex-bourbon barrels followed by 2 months in ex-single malt, sherry-seasoned casks, this first-of-its-kind Cristalino boasts flavors and aromas of dried fruit, cooked agave, toasted oak, vanilla, and nuts that make for an interesting and satisfying sip.

Espolòn Tequila

Espolón Tequila, one of the fastest-growing tequilas on the market, is an award-winning collection of super-premium tequilas that celebrates real Mexico and highlights its storied culture through classic 19th-century artistry and the iconic roster, a symbol of national pride. Crafted with 100% Weber Blue Agave, these heralded premium tequilas are distilled in the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico, and include Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo.

Cenote Tequila & Stoli Chamoy

This year, Stoli Group is taking Cinco de Mayo celebrations to the next level, bringing two of their bottles together to create unique cocktails with Cenote Tequila & Stoli Chamoy, the first Chamoy flavored vodka.

Cenote Tequila urges you to move from the obvious margarita and embrace authenticity by adding another special flavor of Chamoy to the mix. Bringing Stoli Chamoy offers another aspect of Mexican gastronomy to the fiesta. Your readers can move beyond the cliche of the holiday and try new and innovative cocktails, such as the Polished Casual Dining, and their paletas, Boozy Pops.

Freshie

Freshie was born in Mexico after founders, Ryne and Paige Iseminger took a group trip there in 2016 where Ryne whipped up a deliciously refreshing cocktail but without the added sugar that gives you that killer headache. Today, that very drink has morphed into the first USDA-certified tequila seltzer on the market made in partnership with a fourth generation family-owned distillery in Jalisco, Mexico (the real deal).

At only 99 cals a can and with no added sugar the flavorful drink comes in 3 fresh flavors: Lime, Grapefruit Guava, and Blood Orange Habanero.

Mi Campo Ready-to-Serve Tequila Cocktails

Debuting two tasty pour and serve cocktails — The Mango Mule & Spicy Jalapeño Margarita — these sessionable drinks are made with Mi Campo Blanco and Reposado which are double distilled, fermented in open-air tanks and rested in wine barrels from Napa Valley creating a level of complexity to each RTD experience to date.

Bergamot Orange Sparkling Margarita

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a clean margarita that doesn’t skimp on the tequila. Our family recipe combines a full-bodied, blanco tequila with a floral winter-grown Italian bergamot orange that’s more sour than sweet. With more spirit, more flavor, and far less sugar, go ahead and opt for extra chips & queso when you’re drinking this one. 12.5% ABV.

Monaco Cocktails Lime Crush

An excellent choice for anyone who enjoys a classic sparkling margarita, this premixed canned cocktail combines agave tequila with a refreshing lime flavor! Monaco Cocktails Lime Crush has two shots in every 12oz can, 9% ABV, and no gluten or malt. (Available at liquor, grocery and convenience stores nationwide)

BrightCellars

What says ‘summer’ more than a margarita on the rocks? The real thing, not the fizzy stuff in cans. But who wants to hop out of the pool to make another batch from scratch when cups run dry? Total buzzkill.

Bright Cellars has you covered. Its new, ready-to-drink margaritas come in in full-size bottles and are delivered straight to your door. Coined Day & Night, these completely shareable, ready-to-go margs come in two delicious flavors, Classic Lime and Fresh Strawberry. Pour. Add ice. Sip. Cheers!

Limited Edition Late July Green Goddess Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chips are a must for any Cinco celebration, and Late July Green Goddess Tortilla Chips put a fun twist on a beloved classic, with the blend of flavors of fresh basil, savory garlic, rich parmesan, and a bright splash of lemon on a single tortilla chip.

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Limited Edition Late July Green Goddess Tortilla Chips are now available nationwide for an SRP of $5.79 per 7.8oz bag, while supplies last.

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The New York Exclusive by Editor Tony Bowles

Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food, and more! Based in New York City