Everyone knows that Cinco de Mayo is a “beer and shot” kind of holiday. When guests plaster on their fake mustaches, ponchos, and festive sombreros and go to the bar, they are most likely ordering a shot of Patron and some sort of Mexican style beer. But here are a few cocktails that can be made in bulk for a real fiesta without having to leave your casa that night!

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It is rumored that African slaves invented the first mojito while working in sugar cane fields in Havana, Cuba.

First on the list of original Cinco de Mayo drink recipes is a mojito… with a twist! A watermelon twist, to be exact. This watermelon mojito is juicy, boozy and minty. It’s the perfect cocktail for an intimate gathering, or a huge blow out.


2 wedges

5-7 mint leaves

3 small pieces of watermelon

1 ½ oz Rum

2 sugar cubes

Soda water (or lemon lime soda for additional sweetness)


Muddle the lime, mint leaves, watermelon pieces, and sugar cubes in a glass. Fill glass with ice. Add the rum. Stir. Fill to the top with the soda (do not shake or stir soda). Garnish with a lime wedge, mint leaf, and for extra drama, a watermelon triangle on the rim of the glass. Add a festive straw, and enjoy!

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La Paloma means “The Dove” and is a popular folk song from the mid 1800’s. It has been speculated that is where this cocktail got its namesake.

For an authentic Mexican feel, adding a Paloma is a perfect addition to the beverage menu guaranteed to make any guest feel refreshed (and buzzed).


1 ½ oz Tequila

½ oz grapefruit juice

¼ oz lime juice

¼ oz simple syrup

Soda water

1 rosemary sprig

1 grapefruit triangle


Rim a glass with lime juice and sugar. Fill the glass with ice. Combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Stir. Fill to the top with soda. Garnish with a grapefruit triangle on rim, add in rosemary sprig.

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The earliest recorded margarita dates back to 1938, made in Mexico for a restaurant guest who was allergic to all alcohol besides tequila.

An obvious Cinco de Mayo cocktail has not gone overlooked! Of course there’s a margarita recipe! This margarita will make your fiesta guests feel like they are on a tropical vacation, especially with coconut and pineapple flavors!


1 ½ oz Tequila

Pineapple juice

Coconut milk

½ oz simple syrup

½ oz lime juice


Fill a cup with ice. Pour in tequila, simple syrup, and lime juice. Fill with equal parts pineapple juice and coconut milk. Stir. Garnish with a pineapple triangle on the rim.

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Traditionally, sangria has been made with Spanish red wines, however, mixologists have become so creative that hardly any sangria is made the same!

Last on the list of Cinco de Mayo cocktails is a very special sangria with a kick. A spicy cucumber sangria will make your party nothing but memorable!


Pinot Grigio (or any white wine with minerality)

6 oz. Cucumber vodka (Effen)

Cucumber soda (Mr. Q’s)

Sliced cucumber circles

2-3 Jalapeños (seeds removed)

Mint leaves

Lime circle


In a large punch bowl, combine 1 entire sliced cucumber, 2-3 halved jalapeños, cucumber vodka, and one bottle of cucumber soda. Fill the punch bowl with white wine. Strain fruit out of the bowl (so the jalapeno doesn’t make it too spicy). Garnish glasses with ice, 2-3 mint leaves, and a lime circle.

If all else fails, just put out a case of Corona and bottle of Patron. And don’t forget to hang the piñata!

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