If you’re looking for something unique to sip on for Cinco de Mayo, look no further. We’ve got a list of 53 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)
- Agave Nectar (aka agave syrup)
- Kosher salt (for rimming the glasses)
53 Cinco de Mayo Drinks
The Best Italian Margarita Cocktail (Amaretto Margarita)
A dangerously delicious margarita recipe made with a trio of citrus juices, reposado teqiula and a splash of amaretto!
Sweet and tart, these Rhubarb Margaritas are as delicious as they are stunning! Featuring a simple homemade rhubarb sauce, these margs let the beloved spring stalk shine!
Smoky Mezcal Whiskey Sour Cocktail
The classic whiskey sour gets a smoky upgrade from a splash of mezcal. Shaked with an egg white, this cocktail is not only smoky, it’s also lusciously foamy.
Mezcal Old Fashioned (Oaxaca Old Fashioned)
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.
This Aperol Margarita, also called Dead Man's Handle cocktail, is gorgeous and refreshing. An Aperol Spritz meets a margarita with a splash of almond.
Maíz Tierno Margarita (Sweet Corn Margarita)
Sweet corn and tequila go hand-in-hand! Delightfully creamy and perfectly sweet, these margs are a fun (and delicious) cocktail for summer.
Spiced Pear Margaritas
On of the most popular margarita recipes on Zestful Kitchen to date! Featuring warm spices, this margarita is both refreshing and cozy.
Tomatillo Green Bloody Mary
Tomatillos make this green bloody mary worthy oif Cinco de Mayo. Make it a bloody maria by using tequila instead of vodka.
These gorgeous carrot margaritas are the perfect way to kick off spring and celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Featuring bottled 100% carrot juice—no special equipment required—these come together quickly!
Thai Lemongrass Margarita
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).
Apple Cider Margarita
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.
Spicy Mezcal Margarita
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.
Charred Lime & Jalapeño Margaritas
Create a smoky margarita without expensive Mezcal. If the grill is already fired up, toss on some limes and jalapeños, these margs are a favorite!
Two of my favorite things come together in this cocktail! Frothy egg white and bright tartness.
How can you not love tequila in a bloody mary?! Try this classic brunch cocktail with tequila and you may never go back to vodka.
Spicy Mango Margarita
This Spicy Mango Margarita has just-right balance between sweet and spicy to pair with your Cinco de Mayo menu.
Coconut Pineapple Margarita Recipe (only 5 ingredients!)
This coconut pineapple margarita is a refreshing and easy cocktail to make for Cinco de Mayo! It's creamy yet light and refreshing.
Spicy Tequila Moscow Mule — aka Mexican Mule
Mexican Mules! Nothing beats the heat like a spicy tequila mule. Refreshing, sweet and spicy all rolled into one.
Michelada Recipe - Spicy Mexican Beer and Tomato Juice Cocktail
This classic Mexican cocktails is reminiscent of a bloody mary, but better! Made with beer, clamato juice, lime, Worcestershire, soy sauce and hot sauce.
Hot Honey Margarita
This hot honey margarita turns a spicy margarita up a notch! It's smooth and sweet with a fiery kick.
Blackberry Tequila Smash
We love a good blackberry smash around here (have you tried our Blackberry Gin Basil Smash?). We love the combination of fruity, herby and of course, boozy.
Pineapple Margarita Recipe
This Pineapple tequila cocktail is a lovely tropical spin on the classic margarita. Sweet and tart, is a glass of sunshine!
A simple margarita recipe using both fresh orange juice and orange liqueur. It's juicy and sweet—perfect to pair with spicy salsa.
Tequila Rosé Spritz
When rosé meets tequila, well, something spectacular happens. This cocktails is reminiscent of a summery sangria.
Classic Blood Orange Margarita Recipe
A stunning margarita made with fresh blood orange juice, lime juice and agave nectar. Easy to make and oh-so gorgeous. Try adding a tiny splash of vanilla extract for even more flavor.
Sparkling Paloma Cocktail
A classic paloma recipe with an added dose of fresh thyme. Refreshing and flavorful, this is a great anytime drink.
Spicy Passionfruit Margarita
Sweet and spicy, this gorgeous margarita is perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo!
A fabulous go-to summer cocktail! Strawberries steal the show here, but tequila still makes a statement.
Smoky Mezcal Margarita Popsicles
These fun popsicles are perfect for summer! Sweet and smoky, they're adult pops reminiscent if childhood.
Tequila Mockingbird — Tequila Sunrise
We love a good tequila sunrise and this one hits the mark every time! Check out the recipe for the classic version or a low-carb version.
Frozen Margarita Recipe
When you're looking for a margarita that will steal the show—make frozen margaritas! Fun, festive and addictively delicious.
Honey Lemon Añejo Margarita Recipe
Swap lime juice out for fresh lemon juice in this delicious take on the classic marg. Sweetened with honey and featuring añejo, this marg is too good not to try!
How to Make Homemade Jalapeno Tequila
Make your own spicy jalapeño-infused tequila with this go-to guide! Prep this ahead of time as it needs 10–12 hours to adequately infuse.
Although rosemary is often classified as a "winter herb," snag a sprig or two for the garden and it will add a summery dose of flavor to this paloma!
Celebration through-and-through! This cocktail is a party! Made with fresh lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and Champagne, it's dangerously good.
Pomegranate Grapefruit Paloma
Adding a splash of pomegranate juice to a traditional paloma creates the most stunning tequila cocktail!
Tequila Sunrise Mimosa
The brunch cocktail that never gets enough attention! Ditch the classic mimosa for this 4-ingredient brunch stunner.
Texas Ranch Water Recipe
Texas Ranch Water is one of the simplest tequila cocktails you can make! All you need for this cocktail is tequila, lime juice, and Topo Chico.
Mezcal Paloma Recipe
Who knew a paloma could get better?! Adding a splash of Mexcal to the mix ups the ante on this refreshing cocktail. Keep this one on hand all summer long.
Lime & Chili Mezcal Beergaritas
This tequila cocktail has got it going on. Smoky, spicy, sweet, tart, and it even has beer in it! Everyone is happy with this one!
Spicy Avocado Martini
A Mexican take on the classic vodka martini! Featuring an avocado syrup, this is one martini you'll be surprised by. Make it even more festive by swapping out the vodka for tequila.
The Best Cantarito Cocktail
When you want a margarita and a paloma—make a Cantarito!
Refreshing Cucumber Margarita
Enjoy a margarita that's equally tart as it is refreshing. This is the perfect sipper for warm summer nights.
Swap grapefruit juice out for fresh orange juice in this unique take on the paloma. A simple orange-rosemary syrup adds tons of flavor too!
Skinny Coconut Margarita
The name might say "skinny" but you'd never know! These margaritas are creamy and delicious. If you like your drinks tart, try adding an ounce or two of fresh lime juice to the mix.
Naturally Sweetened Grapefruit Rosemary Soda (Non-Alcoholic)
A naturally sweetened grapefruit soda syrup is the base for this refreshing soda. Just add ice and club soda!
Sparkling Mint-Lime Iced Tea (Non-Alcoholic)
Refreshing and flavorful, this lime iced tea is perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo sans alcohol.
Pineapple Mocktail Margaritas (Non-Alcoholic)
If you're looking to enjoy the flavors of a margarita without the alcohol try this pineapple mocktail! All the flavor, none of the booze.
Strawberry-Lime & Pineapple-Mint Agua Fresca (Non-Alcoholic)
Agua fresca is a classic Mexican and Central American drink, and these two varieties are so refreshing. One sip and you'll be transported to a beautiful beach in Mexico!
Fill out the rest of the menu: Mexican Food Recipes
Check out these Cinco de Mayo recipes including appetizers, main dishes and even a desserts. Mix and match the recipes to create a menu that’s perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
And if you still don’t find something that strikes a cord, check out all of my Mexican recipes, you’re sure to find something!
This article was originally written on May 2, 2019. It was updated March 20, 2021.