3 Drinks for Cinco de Mayo (Recipes)


Like it or not, Cinco de Mayo tends to be quite the drinking holiday. Click through to check out some great recipes for the day — and we’re not just talking margaritas!

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The classic! Try out this great recipe for homemade margaritas.


Makes 6 drinks.


  • 3/4 Cup fresh lime juice, 3-4 limes
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Cup, 2 Tablespoons Blanco/silver tequila
  • 1/4 Cup Gran Torres orange liqueur
  • Lime wedges
  • Kosher Salt

1. Pour salt onto a plate. Rub 6 glasses with lime, and dip into salt.
1. In a large pitcher, stir lime juice, sugar and 1 cup water to combine. Stir in tequila and liqueur. Transfer about half of the mixture, along with about 3/4 cup small ice cubes, to a cocktail shaker. Shake for about 15 seconds. Pour into glasses. Add the rest of the mixture, and another 3/4 cup of small ice cubes, to the cocktail shaker and repeat process.

Recipe Credit: Rick Bayless.

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Margaritas are the most famous and popular Mexican mixed drink stateside. But in Mexico itself, the Paloma wins.


Makes one drink.


  • Kosher Salt
  • 2 Grapefruit wedges
  • 1/4 Cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 Cup tequila or mescal
  • Club soda

1. Salt rim. Rub the rim of the glass with a wedge of grapefruit. Put some salt on a plate, and dip the rim of the glass in the salt.
2. In the glass, Stir to combine grapefruit juice, lime juice and sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour in tequila and add some ice. Top drink off with club soda, and garnish with another grapefruit wedge.

Recipe Credit: Bon Appetit.

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We tend to think of mixed drinks as something made with liquor — but the michelada, which uses beer as its alcohol, breaks that rule. Hey, you serve lime wedges with Corona — this just takes it to the next level!


Makes one drink.


  • 1 Ice cold dark Mexican beer
  • 2 Lime wedges
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Cup fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 Dashes hot sauce, like Tabasco or Tapatio
  • 1 dash soy sauce
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce

1. Place salt on a plate. Rub the rim of the glass with lime wedge, and dip glass into salt. Fill glass halfway with ice. Pour lime juice, hot sauce, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Stir with spoon. Top off — slowly! — with beer. Garnish with remaining lime wedge and serve immediately with remaining beer — topping off as you take sips of the drink.

Recipe Credit: About.com

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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe2 years ago

I don't drink, but my husband does. He works at a plant where there are a lot of Mexican people. When they go home, they usually bring him back a bottle of alcohol he has never seen or tried before! Now, he will have a few drink ideas to try! Thanks!

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder2 years ago


Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim2 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O.2 years ago

They sound like they'd be great for any occasion as well. Thanks Katie.

Connie O.
Connie O.2 years ago

I would prefer non-alcholic fruit drinks. Thanks.

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.2 years ago

Thank your for sharing ~ I would prefer recipes for virgin drinks as don't drink alcohol.

Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard2 years ago

Thank you

Celine R.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks for the recipe :)

Marie W.
Marie W.2 years ago


Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago