Beyond Margarita Mix

In the Café

Cinco de Mayo

If your café is licensed to serve liquor, consider celebrating Cinco de Mayo with fun cocktails that go beyond margarita mix. We’ve compiled twelve super tasty, easy-to-make cocktails you can add to your menu—no muddling required!

Cinco de Mayo
(Photo: courtesy of Cholula.)

The Burro by Cholula (serves four)
Combine 4 teaspoons of Cholula Chili Garlic Hot Sauce, 2 ounces 1800 Silver Tequila, 0.5 ounce mezcal, and the juice of half a lime. Pour evenly into four cups of crushed ice. Top with ginger beer, and garnish with a lime wedge.

 

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Organic Mexicali Mule by Azuñia Tequila
Combine 1.5 ounces of Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, 4 ounces ginger beer, 0.25 ounces fresh lime juice, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters in a glass. Add ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

 

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Rosé Sunrise by Syltbar
Combine 0.5 ounce vodka, 0.5 ounce cranberry juice, and 1 ounce pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled wine glass. Top with 4 ounces Syltbar sparkling rosé and garnish with a pineapple slice.

 

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Crafted Paloma by Altos Tequila
Combine two parts Altos Plata with one part lemon juice, and 1/2 part agave syrup. Stir and pour into a glass full of ice. Top with two parts fresh pink grapefruit juice and a pinch of salt.

 

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Strawberry Basil Margarita by Natalie’s
This is the most complicated of our picks, but only requires a small amount of prep. Strawberry Basil syrup: Combine 2 cups fresh strawberries, 0.5 cup fresh basil leaves, and 1 cup sugar in a food processor. Puree. Pour the puree into a small pot. Add 1 cup Natalie’s lemon juice. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 3 minutes. Cool completely, and strain through a metal sieve. Margarita: Add equal parts strawberry basil syrup, Natalie’s Margarita Mix, and tequila. Serve over a generous amount of crushed ice, or blend with ice for a frozen version. Pour into salted rimmed glasses. Garnish with a slice of lime.

 

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(Photo: courtesy of Altos Tequila.)

Tequila, Soda, Lime
The easiest of the bunch. Combine one part tequila (one you’d sip on its own) and two parts soda water in a glass with ice. Stir to combine and garnish with lime wedges.

 

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Mexican Coffee Cocktail by Royal Cup Coffee
Rim your glass with brown sugar, torch to caramelize the rim. Combine 6 ounces fresh french pressed coffee, 1 ounce Kahlua, and .75 ounce of your favorite tequila, and 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream in your glass. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon

 

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Spicy Moscato Mimosa by Sutter Home (serves two)
Combine 1 cup Sutter Home pink moscato, 0.5 cup chilled sparkling blood orange juice, 0.25 cup chilled fresh carrot juice and a pinch of cayenne in a pitcher. Pour into two chilled glasses, top with carrot curls and serve.

 

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Margarita Maya by Casa D’Aristi
Combine 0.5 ounce of Casa D’Aristi Xtabentún with 1.5 ounces of tequila silver in a glass with a salted rim. Garnish with a lime wheel.

 

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(Photo: courtesy of Owl’s Brew.)

Wicked Green by Owl’s Brew
For a simple and festive margarita-style cocktail, combine two parts Wicked Green Owl’s Brew cocktail mix with one part mezcal in a cocktail shaker. Serve over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

 

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Palomatini by The Bitter Truth
Combine 2 ounces Tequila silver, .25 ounce orange liqueur, 3 dashes Grapefruit Bitters (The Bitter Truth), and .5 ounce simple syrup in a glass with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with grapefruit zest.

 

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(Photo: courtesy of SHINE.)

Shine Mocktails
If your café is liquor-free, Shine’s pouches of organic fruits, veggies, and micronutrients are a great alternative to cocktails. Mix 8 ounces of sparkling water with one pouch of Shine’s Purify for an alcohol-free mocktail to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Rachel Sandstrom Morrison is Fresh Cup‘s associate editor.