Posted on 03 May 2017
Party like a pro this Cinco De Mayo
Even though Cinco De Mayo is not such a big deal in Mexico, leave it to us here in the United States to take it to the next level and turn it into a great excuse to party! From chips and guacamole to a frosty margarita or cold brew, this is one legit tradition that’s well worth getting into. If you’re thinking about hosting a party (or after-party!) at your place, be sure to serve some authentic munchies and drinks to your crew. We did the hard, hard work of testing each of the margarita recipes below and can say for sure that any of these drinks are easy, inexpensive and absolutely to-die-for delicious. Break out the blender and try them all!
Pro Tip #1: How to pick a good tequila
While Cuervo Gold is the usual go-to, there’s a lot more to making a smash margarita than just basic booze. Sweeter, more delicate margaritas such as fruit and candy flavored drinks actually taste better with silver (blanco) tequila instead – they may be overpowered by a stronger-tasting liquor. More robust or spicy drinks benefit more from the richness of that gold or anejo tequila. You don’t want bottom of the barrel booze (hangover city, ugh!), but putting fifty-buck tequila in a mixed drink is kind of a waste as well. We suggest choosing something in the mid price ($15-$20ish) range. El Jimador and Milagro are always solid selections for cheaper tequila, or ask the trusty liquor store people what they’d recommend inside your budget range.
Pro tip #2: Have plenty of backup power for your phone to capture all the fun.
No matter where you celebrate Cinco-D, you’re going to want to have loads of photos to make all your social media followers jealous. BUQU has you covered so you never run out of juice when that perfect picture presents itself. Check out our cute portable chargers and you’ll have a full charge for your phone at the exact time you need it most – and an adorable accessory for your purse or pack as part of the deal.
Perfect your margarita: How to “rim” your glass for that perfect finishing touch
You’ve seen tons of pretty drinks on Pinterest with that gorgeous looking band of salt, sugar, sprinkles or other treats around the edge of the glass. Believe it or not, it’s super easy and adds a little magic to your bartending skills! Here’s how to do it:
- Grab two small shallow bowls or saucers (that are wide enough to fit your glass into).
- Add a small amount of water (or you can use a little of your margarita mixer!), maybe ¼” deep, to the first plate.
- Pour about ¼” of your garnish of choice (candy sprinkles, salt, spices, etc.) into the second plate.
- Dip your glass into the water and shake off any extra drips.
- Then dip the glass into the garnish, rolling it around a little if needed, to evenly coat the edge of the glass with a pretty little line of goodness!
- Gently tap the glass to knock off any loose stuff, and you’re ready to go.
Jalapeño Margarita Recipe
Heat up the holiday! An adventurous version of the classic, this drink serves up a serious kick thanks to honest-to-goodness sliced jalapenos.
Courtesy of fedandfit.com (Serves 2)
- 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 large green jalapeno pepper, sliced thin
- 4 ounces silver tequila
- 2 ounces honey
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 2 lime wedges for garnish
- 2 sprigs cilantro for garnish (optional)
- In the bottom of a pitcher, use a spoon to partially squash the jalapeno slices with the lime juice (this releases the flavor of the peppers).
- Add the tequila and honey, stir to combine thoroughly - or until all the honey is dissolved.
- Pour a little coarse salt (kosher salt or sea salt) in the bottom of a small bowl or plate. Dip the top of each glass in the margarita mixture, let it drain off, then press the top of the glass into the bowl of salt. Gently tap the glass with your hand to knock off any excess.
- Fill each glass with fresh ice and pour in the margarita mix.
- Garnish with the fresh lime and cilantro.
Watermelon Margarita Recipe
Made with real watermelon puree, this is one scrumptious cocktail. Perfect for a brunch (we don’t judge!) where you’d like something fresh and fruity to go with your meal.
Courtesy of livinglocurto.com. Serves 3
- 2 cups frozen watermelon
- 2 cups fresh watermelon
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 tablespoons simple syrup
- 1 tablespoons triple sec
- 1/2 cup tequila
- Limes and salt for the glass rim
- Slice lime into wedges and rub around rim of a glass.
- Dip glass rim into salt.
- Combine watermelon, lime juice, simple syrup, tequila and triple sec in blender.
- Pour into glass and enjoy!
Arctic Margarita Recipe
The hypnotic blue of this frozen blended treat brings to mind the refreshing chill of icebergs and snowflakes…… and penguins, of course!
Courtesy of Taste Of Home. Serves 4.
- 4 lime slices
- 3 tablespoons coarse sugar
- 1/2 cup chilled lemon-lime soda
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1/2 cup blue curacao
- 1/3 cup partially thawed frozen limeade concentrate
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Using lime slices, moisten the rims of four margarita or cocktail glasses. Set aside lime slices for garnish. Sprinkle sugar on a plate; hold each glass upside down and dip rim into sugar. Set aside. Discard remaining sugar on plate.
- In a blender, combine the remaining ingredients; cover and process until blended. Pour into prepared glasses. Garnish with reserved lime slices. Serve immediately.
Birthday Cake Margarita Recipe
Steve Aoki’s trademark is throwing cake – well, count us in to get a face full of this drinkable version! It’s an awesome beverage no matter what the occasion, so keep this recipe on hand for your next birthday celebration.
Courtesy of Such The Spot. Serves 3-4.
For the margarita:
- 3 oz. Cointreau orange liqueur (can use triple sec)
- 6 oz. freshly-squeezed lime juice
- 8 oz. birthday cake simple syrup (recipe follows)
- 8 oz. tequila
For the birthday cake simple syrup:
- 4 oz. water
- 6 tablespoons boxed cake mix (yellow works best)
- 2 oz. sugar
For the sprinkle rim:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1-3 teaspoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
To make the birthday cake simple syrup:
- Combine water, sugar and cake mix in a small saucepan and whisk gently to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir continually until sugar and cake mix dissolve. Mixture will thicken and the cake mix will sort of rise to the top. It's fine. Once sugar and cake mix are dissolved, turn off heat and set syrup aside to cool.
To make margarita:
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar. Shake vigorously to mix.
To rim cups:
- Combine powdered sugar, one teaspoon milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Whisk thoroughly until no lumps remain. Add additional milk as needed. Glaze should be thick--like the consistency of glue.
- Pour sprinkles into a small bowl.
- Invert serving glasses into glaze, one at a time. Quickly, before the glaze sets, invert glazed serving glass into sprinkles. Place rimmed glass in the freezer while you rim the remaining glasses.
- Fill glasses with desired amount of ice. Pour margarita over ice. Serve immediately.
Midori Margarita Recipe
This day-glo drink brings a pop of awesome color to your cinco de drinko event! So good that it’s downright spooky, it’s DEFINITELY worth a try. Melon lovers will be hooked at first sip!
Courtesy of Food.com. Serves 1.Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/2 ounce Midori melon liqueur
- Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with lime juice and dip in salt. Shake ingredients together, and pour into a glass filled with crushed ice.
- Optional: Mix above ingredients with one cup of ice in a blender for a smooth, "granita" type drink.
- Serve in a cocktail glass.
Creamsicle Margarita Recipe
Like a cool ice cream bar on a hot summer day, this creamy concoction goes down smooth and easy. You’ll want to double up on this recipe, because you and your guests won’t want to stop at just one!
Courtesy of The Blond Cook. Serves 2.Ingredients:
- 1 ounce tequila
- 1 ounce whipped vodka
- ½ ounce triple sec
- 5 ounces orange juice
- Splash of lime juice
- Kosher salt for rimming glass
- Optional lime and orange wedges for garnish
- Rim glass with kosher salt.
- In a pitcher or glass (depending on how much you wish to make), stir tequila, whipped vodka, triple sec, orange juice and lime juice.
- Serve over ice. Garnish with lime and orange wedges, if desired.
Cotton Candy Margarita Recipe
This sweet drink is perfect for anyone who isn't crazy about the flavor of tequila but doesn't want to miss out on all the Cinco de Mayo festivities!
Courtesy of suchthespot.com (Serves 2)
- 3/4 c. tequila
- 1/2 c. fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 c. cream soda (Jones soda brand, preferred)
- 1/4 c. orange liqueur
- 1 package cotton candy
- Combine all liquid ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously.
- Fill serving glasses 3/4 of the way with cotton candy.
- Pour mixture over cotton candy until glass is half full (because we're optimists around here).
- Add ice. Stir to combine. Cheers!
Pineapple Margarita Recipe
The perfect twist on a classic margarita. A pineapple margarita is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and it makes for the perfect Instagram shot!
Courtesy of missinthekitchen.com (Serves: 2 quarts)
- 3 cups pineapple juice
- 1¾ cup orange juice
- 2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 cup triple sec
- 1 cup tequila
- Salt for rim of glass
- Fresh pineapple and lime slices for garnish
- Mix juices, triple sec and tequila together until well combined.
- Rub rim of glass with a lime slice and dip in salt.
- Serve over ice and garnish with pineapple and limes.
Cinco De Mayo FactsSo! If you haven’t passed out yet from too much partying, here’s a few interesting Cinco-D facts. Have some fun quoting these fun facts and then watching as everyone frantically drunk-Googles them to see if you made them up.
- Like, duh... For those who are Spanish-language challenged, Cinco De Mayo literally means Fifth Of May.
- Got guacamole? According to the California Avocado Commission, Americans eat a staggering 81 million avocados on Cinco de Mayo.
- Americans spend 2.9 billion dollars on margaritas yearly, accounting for 14% of all U.S. cocktail sales.
- Americans consumed almost a billion liters of Corona Extra in 2014, and 127 million liters of Jose Cuervo tequila. The United States is also the biggest tequila and mezcal market in the world.
- Contrary to popular belief, Cinco De Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. The holiday actually celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican army won the battle despite being much smaller and poorly-equipped.
- Heads-up, SoCal locals: The world's largest Cinco celebration takes place in Los Angeles. This year's Festival de Fiesta Broadway is expected to draw 300,000 people. Cities like New York City, Denver and Houston also throw large parties in honor of the day.
Now that you've got the recipes and accessories to make the party great pick your favorite margaritas, invite some friends over, and party it up for Cinco de Mayo!