12 Cinco De Mayo Cocktails to Make at Home

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Tuesday 5th May marks Cinco de Mayo, an annual Mexican celebration which commemorates the country’s decisive victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. For most, it is an excuse to make merry and toast a margarita to Mexican culture. 

Spring Cocktails to Make at Home

Whilst lockdown restrictions remain in place, delight in a Mexican-inspired fiesta at home and celebrate with these delicious Cinco de Mayo-style cocktails.

Cinco De Mayo Cocktails to Make at Home

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  • The Perfect Patrón Margarita

    The Perfect Patrón Margarita


    • 35ml Patrón Reposado tequila
    • 15ml Patrón Citrónge Orange liqueur
    • 20ml Lime juice


    Chill a coupe glass. Garnish class with lime wedge and ½ salt rim. Add all ingredients and ice to a shaker. Shake and strain into a glass.

    Recipe courtesy of Patrón,

  • Paloma Cocktail Two Keys

    The Perfect Paloma



    Fill a glass with ice. Pour Don Julio Reposado over then ice and top up with Two Keys Grapefruit. Garnish with a pink grapefruit wedge.

    Recipe courtesy of Two Keys,

  • El Rayo Tequila & Tonic

    El Rayo Tequila & Tonic


    • 40ml El Rayo Tequila
    • Tonic Water
    • Grapefruit slice
    • Ice


    Fill a highball glass with ice and add the El Rayo tequila. Top with tonic water and garnish with a slice of fresh grapefruit.

    Recipe courtesy of El Rayo,

  • Cointreau Margarita

    The Original Margarita Recipe


    • 30ml Cointreau
    • 50ml Blanco Tequila
    • 20ml Fresh Lime Juice


    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass, then garnish with a lime slice and salt rim.

    Recipe courtesy of Cointreau,


  • Hacha Bar

    Hacha Mexican Highball by Deano Moncrieffe, founder of Hacha, London


    • 40ml Blanco or Reposado Tequila
    • 10ml Mezcal (optional to float on the top)
    • 10ml freshly squeezed lime
    • Top up with homemade Tepache


    Fill a highball glass with cubed ice and add ingredients in the order above. Stir well and serve.

    To make the Tepache

    • Take a medium-sized pineapple,  peel the skin & then cut into cubes.
    • Place the skin in a large container skin side down and add a small handful of the cubes. Cover the skin and cubes with brown sugar (approx half a bag of sugar).
    • Add two large handfuls of cloves, a large piece of peeled ginger and 2 cinnamon sticks.
    • Add two litres of water.
    • Cover the container with a lid and leave a little gap to allow a small amount of airflow. Leave for a minimum of 24 hours (48 hours for best results) – waiting until you see some small foam on top of the liquid – this signals the fermentation process.
    • Strain and discard the skins and debris and decant into a two-litre jug and keep in the fridge.
    • The Tepache can last for at least two-three weeks if kept in the fridge and makes a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, very traditional for Mexico.

    Recipe courtesy of Hacha,

  • Dualit-Frozen-Margaritas

    Frozen Margaritas


    • 3tbsp lime juice
    • 2tbsp triple sec
    • 6tbsp tequila
    • 250ml (8 1/2 fl oz) ice plus extra to serve
    • 3tsp icing sugar, or to taste
    • Salt


    Frost the rims of the glasses with the lime juice and roll in a small dish of salt until coated.

    Measure all the ingredients into a blender jar and blend until a slushy mixture is formed.

    Taste for sweetness before serving and add icing sugar if needed.

    Pour into the margarita glasses, and serve with an extra spoonful of crushed ice in each glass.

    Recipe courtesy of Dualit,

  • Merchant’s Heart

    Grapefruit Paloma


    • 60ml Tequila Blanco
    • 30ml grapefruit juice
    • 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
    • Merchant’s Heart Tonic Water
    • Grapefruit zest

    Mix the tequila, grapefruit and lime juice together. Top with Merchant’s Heart Tonic Water, then garnish with the grapefruit zest.

    Recipe courtesy of Merchant’s Heart,

  • Wipil cocktail

    Wipil Margarita

    • 40ml of Patron Tequila Reposado
    • 20ml of floral syrup (such as Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto)
    • 20ml of Lime Juice
    • 5 fresh basil leaves
    • a dash of egg white


    Add all ingredients into a shaker with no ice, then run it through a dry shake to allow all ingredients to initially blend together. Open the shaker and ice cubes, hard shake for 15 seconds and double strain into a Margarita style coupette (no salted rim required). Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

    Recipe courtesy of Ella Canta,

  • Cointreau Smoky Margarita

    Cointreau Smoky Margarita


    • 30 ml Cointreau
    • 30 ml Anejo Tequila
    • 20 ml Mezcal
    • 20 ml Fresh Lime Juice


    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients with ice. Strain over ice in a smoke salt-rimmed rocks glass. To finish, garnish with a lime wheel.

    Recipe courtesy of Cointreau,

  • Grey Goose Salty Dog

    Grey Goose Salty Dog


    • 20ml Grey Goose Vodka
    • 40ml Pink grapefruit juice
    • Lime quarter and grapefruit slice for garnish
    • Salt for garnish


    Combine the spirit and juice in a cocktail mixer. Shake and pour over ice in a salted-rim Collins glass. Garnish with a lime quarter and grapefruit slice (optional).

    Recipe courtesy of Grey Goose,

  • BACARDÍ Piña Colada

    BACARDÍ Pina Colada


    • 50ml BACARDÍ Carta Blanca Rum
    • 25ml fresh coconut water
    • 25ml fresh pineapple juice
    • 3-4 chunks of fresh or frozen pineapple
    • 2 tsp caster sugar


    Place the pineapple chunks into a cocktail shaker and crush them lightly with a muddler or spoon.

    Pour in the pineapple juice and coconut water and stir to dissolve the sugar before pouring in the BACARDÍ Carta Blanca rum.

    Fill shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously. Pour mix over a tall glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice and leaf.

    Recipe courtesy of BACARDÍ,

  • Coa-de-Jima

    Coa De Jima

    • 40ml Patron Reposado
    • 15ml Huava Guanabana Liquor
    • 20ml Home-made spice pineapple puree
    • 20ml Aloe Vera
    • 10ml Vanilla syrup
    • 25ml Fresh Lime juice
    • Passion Fruit and Champagne foam
    • Edible flower
    • Chia seeds


    Shake and double strain, then garnish with the edible flower and chia seeds.

    Recipe courtesy of Ella Canta,

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