22 Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipes That Are Better Than the Bar's

It's time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the best way possible — drinks on drinks on drinks!

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1. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Absolut Chill Out & Grill Out

Absolut Chill Out & Grill Out


1.5oz Absolut

3oz. unsweetened iced tea

2 grilled lemon halves

.5oz maple syrup

3-4 mint leaves


1. Muddle grilled lemon and mint in the bottom of a Collins glass, add ice and remaining ingredients and lightly stir.

2. Garnish with a mint sprig and grilled lemon wheel. 

2. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Batanga



2 parts Altos Añejo

4 parts Mexican cola

Squeeze of lime

Salt rim


1. Build in a highball over ice and stir.

2. Garnish with a lime wedge and salted rim.

3. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Beso del Sol Sangria

Beso del Sol Sangria


Pre-mixed bag-in-box


1. Pour over ice into pitcher; dress up with fresh fruit to your liking.

4. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Clos du Bois

Sake Sangria with Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon


1 bottle Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon

2 cups; DOLE(R) Pineapple rings

1 cup Brandy

1 cup Sake; chilled

1 Orange; sliced

1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds

1 Apple; sliced

1 Lime; sliced


1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, mix all ingredients well.

2. Serve over ice and garnish with remaining sliced fruit.

5. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Dirty Burro

Dirty Burro, by Tad Carducci, Tippling Bros. and author of A Lime and a Shaker


1 ½ oz LunazulTequila

¾ oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

½ oz fresh pineapple juice

½ oz fresh lime juice

2 oz club soda

2 drops El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce


1. Shake all ingredients, except soda, together with ice.

2. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice.

3. Fill with soda and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.

6. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Keurig KOLD Margaritas

Union St. Lounge Mojito and Rita's & Tina's Classic Margarita by Keurig KOLD 



Union St. Lounge™ Mojito KOLD™ pod.

Fresh mint and lime as desired


1. Fill 15 oz (or larger) glass halfway with ice and place on drip tray.

2. Place pod in machine.

3. Add 2 oz of your favorite light rum, stir, and enjoy!

7. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Maya El Pepino

Maya’s El Pepino


1½ oz. Jalapeño Infused Agavales Tequila

1 oz. Cucumber Purée

1½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz. Agave Nectar


1. Add ice, shake and strain in a chili piquín rimmed double rocks glass filled with ice.

2. Garnish with cucumber wheel.

8. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Midori Margarita

Midori® Margarita


1 part Midori® Melon Liqueur 

1 1/2 parts Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila

2/3 part Fresh Lime Juice


Lime Wheel, for garnish


1. Pour Sauza® tequila, Midori® and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker. 2. Add ice and shake well.

3. Rim a chilled cocktail/tumbler/rocks glass with salt.

4. Strain the shaken cocktail into the glass, top with ice and garnish with a lime wheel. 

9. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: The Milagro Blood Orange Margarita

The Milagro Blood Orange Margarita


1 ½ parts Milagro Silver Tequila

¾ part Solerno blood orange liquor

1 part fresh lime juice

¾ part agave nectar


1. Pour all ingredients in a Boston Shaker with ice.

2. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with orange and lime wheels.

10. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Rosa Picante Margarita

Rosa Picante Margarita


2 oz Patrón Silver

.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Lime

1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice 

.5 oz ginger syrup

Bar spoon jalapeño oil

Dash rosewater

Rose petal sea salt


1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. 2. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe that has been half-rimmed with rose sea salt, and top with a dash of rose water.

3. Garnish with a rose petal, if available.

11. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Pink Crush

Pink Crush


2 oz grapefruit juice

1/2 oz pink peppercorn simple syrup

2 oz Chandon Rosé

1/2 tsp crushed pink peppercorns


1. Pour the grapefruit juice and simple syrup in a rocks glass. Stir.

2. Add ice and top with the Rosé. Garnish with the crushed pink peppercorns. Serve.

12. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Sangria Margarita from Blue Ice Vodka

Sangria Margarita from Blue Ice Vodka


8 strawberries (hulled and sliced) 

1 lime (juiced) 

2 orange (juiced) 

4 ozs vodka (UV Sangria) 

1 oz tequila 

1 oz orange liqueur 

ice coarse

salt (or sugar)


1. Combine all ingredients, mix and serve.

13. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Cucumber Chili Margarita

Cucumber Chili Margarita


2 cups Sauza® Cucumber Chili Tequila

1 cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur

2 cups Fresh Lemon Sour

Juice of whole limes

8 cucumber slices


1. Mix all ingredients in an ice-filled pitcher.

2. Serve in margarita glasses rimmed with chili salt and garnished with thin slices of cucumber.

14. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth, by Tad Carducci, Tippling Bros. and author of A Lime and a Shaker


1 ½ oz Del Maguey Arroqueno Single Village Mezcal

¾ oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

¼ oz fresh beet juice

2 drops El Yucateco Chipotle Hot Sauce


1. Stir all ingredients together with ice in an Old-Fashioned glass.

2. Garnish with a Terra Chip.

15. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Seeing Green

Seeing Green


2 parts Hornitos® Reposado Tequila

3 Parts Pineapple Juice

½ Part Lime Juice

2 Dashes Green Habanero Hot Sauce

Lime slice


1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.

2. Shake vigorously and pour into a highball glass.

3. Garnish with a lime slice.

16. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Viva La Margarita

Viva La Margarita


4 parts Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita

1 part agave syrup

1/4 cup ice

Sugar for rim of glass

Lime wedge for garnish


1. Cover the rim of a margarita glass with sugar.

2. Blend Skinnygirl® Spicy Lime Margarita, agave syrup and ice.

3. Pour and garnish with lime.

17. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Villa Massa Sanguinella

Villa Massa Sanguinella


1 oz. Villa Massa Limoncello

1 oz. Campari

2 oz. Orange Juice

1 oz. Lemon Juice

.75 oz. Simple Syrup


1. Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice and mix.

2. Pour mixture into a low glass with ice, and garnish with an orange slice.

18. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Watermark Bar’s Strawberry Margarita

Watermark Bar’s Strawberry Margarita


Sauza Tequila

Lime Juice


Strawberry puree


1. Combine all ingredients and mix.

2. Pour over salted-rim glass.

19. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: La Flaquita

La Flaquita


1 can Orange Zevia

1.5 oz tequila

1 orange rind

1 lime

Salt for garnish


1. Coat rim of glass with salt by wetting rim with a clean, damp washcloth and then gently rubbing rim into salt poured into a dish.

2. Pour 1.5 oz tequila (roughly 1 shot), squeeze in half a lime. Add the lime and the orange rind to the glass.

3 . Pour in Zevia Orange soda, leaving room for ice.

4. Mix gently and top with ice. Garnish with another lime wedge (optional).

20. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Zuleta Mojito

The Zuela Mojito


2 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva

1 oz lime juice

2 teaspoons superfine sugar

12 mint leaves and 5 for garnish (8 leaves)

1 oz club soda

1 cup crushed ice 


1. In 10-ounce highball, stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup crushed ice.

2. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass, then tear leaves in half and add to glass.

3. Gently stir for 15 seconds, add mint, rum and the remaining crushed ice and club soda.

4. Gently stir and tuck mint sprigs into top of glass.

21. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: The Flying Paloma

The Flying Paloma by Tad Carducci


1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva

.5 oz. fresh lime

.5 oz. ginger liqueur

3 oz. grapefruit soda

Pinch salt.


1. Add all ingredients, including salt, to a tall glass filled with ice. 

2. Stir briskly and garnish with a wedge of lime.

22. Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

Skinny Platinum Margarita  from Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key. Florida


1 cup Ice

1 fresh squeezed lime

¼ ounce lime juice

½ ounce orange juice

1 ounce Patron Silver tequila

¼ ounce of agave nectar

½ ounce of Grand Marnier


1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, fresh squeezed lime, lime juice, orange juice, Patron Silver tequila and agave nectar; cover, shake and pour in glass. 2.Top it off with Grand Marnier.