6 Perfect Cinco de Mayo Drinks From Black Mixologists We Love
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There is a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day. And while the day represents the protection of freedom, it is not, in fact, Independence Day for this North American country. Cinco de Mayo celebrates a battle of modest proportions that took place in a small town called Pueblo, after a French army of around 6,000 soldiers tried to take over, but around 2,000 brave civilians fought back and won. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo isn’t as big as it is in America, but in the United States it’s become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage with food, dancing, parades and more.
If you’re looking for delicious cocktails to serve for your Cinco de Mayo gathering tonight, you might be onto the typical margarita and looking for something fresh. A good Cinco de Mayo drink is more than just tequila and beer. We bring you creative and colorful drinks from some brilliant black mixologists.
Pineapple Lime Smash
A twist on the traditional julep – which will always contain some form of sugar, mint and spirits – this Pineapple Lime Smash brings bright, tropical flavors to the mix with chunks of juicy pineapple. Although it is a whiskey drink, the sprigs of lime and fresh mint give it a distinctly light and refreshing flavor, perfect for pairing with tacos or fajitas. Find the full recipe below.
Pineapple Lime Smash
2 Parts The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
1/2 part simple syrup
2 lime wedges
6-8 mint springs
2 pineapple chunks or 3/4 oz pineapple juice
Trip to Oaxaca
If you want to make a little buzz while staying hydrated tonight, you have to try this summery cocktail. With coconut water and watermelon juice, it’s light and refreshing. Meanwhile, the Mezcal delivers the authentic flavors you want on this holiday and the pinch of black pepper at the end is a nice touch that brings out all the notes of this lovely drink.
Justini’s Sparkling Sangria
This idea comes to us from Justini Cocktails by Jessica Robinson, a luxury bar service, event curator and bar consultant who whips up large batches of signature cocktails that patrons can order and pick up to enjoy at home. From the spring collection, this lovely sangria is made with sparkling rose, fresh watermelon chunks and a touch of elderflower liqueur. It is perfect to accompany appetizers such as queso or guacamole. Robinson doesn’t share the full recipe but you can certainly take inspiration from the few ingredients listed.
Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to start sampling these summer recipes as the weather warms up. If you’re serving a crowd tonight, ditch the pitcher of margaritas in favor of this amazing and flavorful punch from Vance Henderson. It incorporates tons of fresh juices, delicious St Germain and the spirit that Henderson knows how to mix the best – Hendrick’s Gin. Don’t forget to garnish with fresh fruit and cucumber slices.
A spicy and fruity mocktail
Those who are quitting alcohol tonight and still want something delicious to sip will love this non-alcoholic drink. It uses an alternative to tequila, along with fresh pineapple juice, lime juice, agave nectar, and finally jalapeno slices for a little kick. You can easily scoop out a few while munching on nachos. Don’t forget to add a tasty tajin on the rim of your glass.
Hennessy XO Old fashioned peach
If you’re looking for something sweet, rich and punchy to end the evening and enjoy with flan or churros, look no further than this mouth-watering creation from Hennessy Ambassador Alexis Brown. Made with peach and bolivar bitters with aromatic notes of jasmine, cinnamon and chamomile, it’s the perfect dessert or nightcap after a long night of cervezas.
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