Cinco de Mayo and summer cocktails worth a try

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. It’s also a day many celebrate with drink. To help you find that perfect drink, we’ve got several cocktails that’ll hit the spot.

Watermelon Inferno. Photo courtesy of Lobos 1707 Tequila and Mezcal

Watermelon Inferno
Small plate of lime juice
Small plate of lime salt, mild chili powder, and sea salt seasoning
1.5 oz Lobos 1707 Mezcal
.75 oz orange-flavored aperitif
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz lime juice
Splash of club soda
4 cubes of watermelon (2” x 1”)
Directions: Salt rim of highball glass and fill with ice. Combine all ingredients except one watermelon cube into a shaker with ice. Shake together until well chilled and then pour over ice into the highball glass. Top with club soda. Add a watermelon cube to garnish.

Lobos 1707 Coa’s Edge
1.5 oz Lobos 1707 Joven Tequila
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
3 slices jalapeño
Directions: Add all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a jalapeño slice.

Mezcal Mule
2 oz Mezcal Campante
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz fresh ginger juice
1 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz sparkling water
For garnish: 1 sprig of mint and a slice of lime
Directions: Add the Mezcal Campante, lime juice, ginger juice and simple syrup into a shaker, and shake. Strain into a glass with ice, and top up with sparkling water. Add 1 sprig of mint and a slice of lime to garnish!

Simple Margarita
1.5 oz blanco/silver tequila
1 oz triple sec
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz simple syrup.
Directions: Add all into a shaker with ice, shake until cold then strain into a rocks glass with ice.

Check out our Cocktail:30 video on the Simple Margarita.

Published by Jonathan Greene

Jonathan Greene is the host of the Hops & Spirits Podcast. Jonathan loves craft beer, whiskey and telling great stories.

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