If you’re looking for something unique to sip on for Cinco de Mayo, look no further. We’ve got a list of 54 drinks for Cinco de Mayo for you to choose from. This list features classic cocktails, traditional Mexican drinks, beer cocktails, and of course a fair share of unique margarita recipes, palomas, martinis and more.
There’s even a few Cinco de Mayo drinks without tequila and some non-alcoholic options for those who want to celebrate booze-free!
Common Ingredients Needed
Tequila (blanco or reposado)
Fresh-squeezed lime juice
Orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier, Gran Gala, triple sec, Cointreau)
Simple syrup (we love a honey simple syrup—1:1 honey to water)
If you love a margarita but are always looking for ways to mix it up, then you’ve gotta try this lemon margarita! When they’re in season, we like to use Meyer lemons, but regular lemons will work just fine too. The key to
The Mezcal Old Fashioned, also called the Oaxaca Old Fashioned is a smoky agave version of the classic Old Fashioned Cocktail. Made with oaky reposado tequila and smoky mezcal, this cocktail is definitely a slow sipper, but in all the best ways.
All the best flavors of Thai cuisine added to a margarita! Lemongrass, ginger and cilantro combine to create something that's fresh and interesting. Bonus points if you seek out Thai basil at the store (use it instead of cilantro).
Whether you're looking for a festive fall drink or just want to switch up your usual margarita recipe, this apple cider margarita is sure to fit the bill. Made with fresh apple cider, tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur, this cocktail is a delicious and unique twist on the classic margarita.
This Paloma recipe is the best one out there! It strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart and is the ideal year-round sipper. The cocktail is simple to make and even easier to memorize, so you’re never too far from a fresh and impressive cocktail!
The Devil’s Margarita is one of the most stunning and simple-to-make cocktails. The Devil’s Margarita is surprisingly nuanced for requiring just 4 simple ingredients (plus it’s a great way to use up the last of an open bottle of red wine). Can’t quite picture it? Think of this cocktail as the tequila version of a New York Sour! The base of the cocktail is a simple tequila sour—tequila, lime juice and simple syrup. Once it’s shaken and strained, the drink gets finished with a splash of fruity red wine.
When you’re craving a margarita but want a bit more oomph—Mezcal Margaritas are the answer! This mezcal margarita cocktail recipe is both refreshing and bold in flavor. It’s a great go-to recipe you can come back to time and time again.
If you’re looking for a mezcal margarita that offers more than just smoke, this is it! This Spicy Mezcal Margarita is tropical, smoky, herby and slightly spicy. It’s got everything going for it and is a fun and unique way to enjoy mezcal.
Tommy’s Margarita is the most straight-forward margarita recipes you can make. It’s incredibly clean in flavor thanks to it’s simple, unfussy ingredient list. This margarita recipe without triple sec allows the tequila to shine through and makes for a refreshing, tart drink. All you need is three ingredients—tequila, lime juice and agave.
Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.