Spice up your Cinco de Mayo with these 5 saborosos cocktails that aren’t Margaritas

The 5th of May, the day on which Mexican forces defeated their French occupiers at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 seems to be growing in popularity around the world just like St. Patrick’s Day has come to globally synonymous with celebrating Ireland and its culture. The celebrations outside of Mexico began first in the United States, where university students amongst others use it as yet another excuse to imbibe way too many margaritas and cervezas. But in more responsible places, the day is used as a way to celebrate Mexican heritage. 

To celebrate Mexican drinking heritage, here are five Mexican cocktails you should definitely try. They go great with all sorts of Mexican food and will show you that there’s more to the country than Margaritas. Salud!  

Michelada (Beer and clam juice mixture: serves 2)


  • 1 33cl bottle of Mexican beer
  • 1 freshly squeezed juice of lime
  • 4.5 oz. Clamato
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes chili sauce
  • Salt
  • Chili powder
  • ice


  • Chill a tall beer glass.
  • Combine salt in chili powder to taste. Dip the rim of the glass in lime juice and then in the salt/chili mixture which will stick to the rim of the glass.
  • Shake lime juice, Clamato, Worcestershire sauce and chili together on ice. Pour into glass. 
  • Top up with beer.
  • Garnish with slice of lime

El Ahumador (translation: the smokehouse)


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  • 1.5 oz. mezcal
  • 1 oz. cinnamon syrup
  • 4 green grapes
  • 2 oz. ginger ale


  • Put the grapes and syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the grapes
  • Add the mezcal and fill shaker with ice
  • Shake
  • Pour in an Old Fashioned Glass and top up with ginger ale

El Rey Añejo (translation: the Aged King)



  • 1.5 oz. tequila añejo
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier
  • .75 oz. pomegranate juice
  • .5 oz. pink grapefruit juice

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake. Serve in a martini glass

Tamarindo y Manazana (translation: Tamarind and Apple)


  • 1.5 oz. mezcal
  • 1 oz. apple liquor
  • .75 oz. tamarind pulp

In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients and shake. Serve in a martini glass

Paloma (translation: dove)



  • 1.5 oz. tequila blanco
  • 1.5 oz. fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • .5 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Sparkling water

Stir tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and syrup in a Collins glass or other tall glass filled with ice. Top up with sparkling water.