Your Guide to Cinco de Mayo 2021 to enjoy with your friends

While Cinco de Mayo officially celebrates the 1862 Mexican army’s victory over the French, it’s become a holiday that people across the world celebrate. Typically, most people would spend the day eating at Mexican restaurants, downing margaritas and throwing parties — but in these unprecedented times, we’re having to adjust how we celebrate.

Luckily, there are so many virtual Cinco de Mayo ideas you can use to have a fun fiesta at home this year or safely with limited people. There are still ways to support your local Mexican-owned businesses, have fun with friends and loved ones and — of course — eat and drink your heart out. Cinco de Mayo looks a little different in 2021, but we’re still ready to celebrate.

Holidays are meant to bring people together, so let’s do that with Cinco de Mayo this year. To help you have a fun celebration at home or at a small get-together, we rounded up some easy Cinco de Mayo recipes to share with your friends and family on Zoom or in-person.

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila

.75 oz. Mango Puree

.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz. Simple Syrup

8–10 Cilantro Leaves

2 Serrano Slices

½ Thick Rim of Salt, Sugar, Tají­n Mixture (Equal Parts)

Method

Wet rocks glass rim and roll half rim in salt/sugar/Tajín mixture. Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Muddle cilantro/Serrano, add ice, shake vigorously, and fine strain into rimmed rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with cilantro sprig.

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Casamigos Mezcal Joven

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.75 oz. Agave Nectar

2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Charred Orange Peel

Method

Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice, shake well, and strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with a charred orange peel.

1.5 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz. Agave Nectar

2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Method

Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously, then strain into rocks glass. Garnish with a half-moon orange slice.

Ingredients

2 oz Lobos 1707 Joven

1 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz pineapple juice

½ oz agave simple

½ oz orange Curaçao or triple sec

3 thin slices of cucumbers

2 thin slices of jalapeño

Pineapple leaf garnish

Method

With an orange cut in half, rub it along the rim of the glass

Put down a generous portion of tajin on a dish plate and roll glass over until desired amount

Add ice

Add all ingredients in to a shaking glass

Add ice, cover with small shaker and shake vigorously for 6–12 seconds

When done, remove small shaker and strain in to rocks glass

For the pineapple leaf garnish, simply remove one leaf from the top of a fresh pineapple

Ingredients

Half dozen coffee beans

1 oz Lobos 1707 Reposado

1 oz Aperol

1 oz sweet vermouth

Orange peel

Method

Place a small handful of coffee beans into mixing a glass and crush the coffee beans

Add in all ingredients in to a shaking glass

Add ice

Stir for 10–20 seconds

Strain into a rocks glass

Express an orange peel over the top and drop in

Ingredients

2 oz Lobos 1707 Mezcal

½ oz lime juice

6 oz ginger beer

Slice of lime

Method

Stir together all ingredients

Add ice

Add a slice of lime

Created by Julio Xoxocotla, NYC

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

3/4 oz Agave Nectar

2 Slices Cucumber (Muddled)

3–4 Basil Leaves

Spicy salt or regular salt (half of the rim)

Method

Rim half of a chilled coupe glass with salt.

Muddle cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and fresh ice and shake well.

Strain contents into the coupe glass, garnish with a cucumber ribbon and basil leaf.

Created by Othon Nolasco, Los Angeles

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco

1 oz Fresh Mexican Lime Juice

2 oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice

1 bar spoon superfine sugar

Salt for rim

Method

Rim a chilled rocks glass with salt.

Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh Mexican lime juice, fresh blood orange juice, and superfine sugar into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well.

Strain contents into the salt-rimmed rocks glass over fresh ice.

Garnish with dehydrated blood Orange and Mexican lime wheels.

Created by Yolanda Baez, NYC

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco

3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz Fresh Passionfruit Juice

3/4 oz Agave Nectar

Coconut Water to top

Method

Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, fresh passionfruit juice, and agave nectar into cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well.

Strain contents into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with coconut water.

1.5 oz PATRÓN Silver

1 oz PATRÓN Citrónge Orange

.75 oz Fresh lime juice

.25 oz Simple syrup

Lime wedge for garnish

Kosher salt (optional)

Method

Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Optionally, salt half the rim of the glass with kosher salt.

Citrusy, with smoked sea salt, and just a tad bit sweet, the JonBoy Smoked Ink Margarita will win Cinco.

Ingredients

1.5 oz PATRÓN Silver

.5 oz Fresh lime juice

.5 oz Pineapple juice

.5 oz Agave nectar

1 Pinch of smoked paprika

Smoked sea salt rim

Lime for garnish

Method

Prepare a rocks glass by moistening the rim and rolling it in smoked sea salt. Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Fine strain over fresh ice cubes in the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime and a dusting of smoked paprika.

Ingredients

2 oz Volcan Blanco Tequila

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz Agave Syrup

Salt & Lime for Rim

Method

Combine your tequila and lime juice, and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until it is mixed and chilled. Garnish with a slice of lime.

A unique twist on a classic, featuring Cincoro Blanco perfectly balanced with citrus and agave nectar. Served over ice.

Ingredients

2 oz Cincoro Blanco Tequila

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz Cointreau

¼ oz Agave Nectar

Method

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in a Double Old-Fashioned glass.

A luxurious riff on the iconic Paloma made with Cincoro Reposado, fresh grapefruit, citrus, agave nectar and topped with soda. Served over ice.

Ingredients

2 oz Cincoro Reposado Tequila

2 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice

¼ Fresh Lime Juice

¼ oz Light Agave Nectar

Top splash with Club Soda

Method

Shake all ingredients except the club soda with ice and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass.

Looking for a fresh twist on a classic margarita for Cinco de Mayo? This simple drink is delightfully refreshing and the perfect way to kick off the warm weather.

Ingredients

1 1⁄2 oz. Jose Cuervo® Tradicional® Plata

3 oz. blended and strained watermelon juice

1 oz. fresh lime juice

3/4 oz. orange liqueur

Lime wheel

Method

Slice watermelon into 1 inch cubes. Blend in a blender until smooth. Pour through a sieve to remove pulp. Add Jose Cuervo® Tradicional® Plata, watermelon juice, lime juice, and orange liqueur to a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously until cold. Strain into a glass over ice. Garnish with lime wheel. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Camarena Silver or Reposado

.75 oz. Creme de cassis

3 oz. Ginger beer

.05 oz. Lime Juice

Blackberry and Mint (For Garnish)

Method

Add ingredients into an ice-filled mule mug or cantarito and stir together to combine/chill. Garnish with blackberry and mint.

Perfect for an elevated Cinco de Mayo margarita

Ingredients

0.75 PART GRAND MARNIER® CORDON ROUGE

1.5 PARTS ESPOLON® REPOSADO TEQUILA

1 PART FRESH LIME JUICE

0.25 PART AGAVE NECTAR

Method

Rim the rocks glass with fine salt (optional). Combine ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice and shake. Strain into rocks glass and fresh ice and garnish with lime wedge for an elevated take on the classic margarita.

Ingredients

1 part Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Liqueur

1 part Espolon Tequila Blanco

¾ Part Lime juice

½ Part agave nectar

Salt for rim

Method

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice

Shake and strain over fresh ice intro a rocks glass with half a salted rim

Garnish with a lime wheel

Sustainable option created by Co-founder and mixologist, Juan Coronado.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Mijenta Blanco Tequila

.5 oz of Blue Curacao

.5 oz pineapple juice

.5 oz lime juice

.5 oz vanilla Horchata

Method

Shake and strain into cocktail glass

Garnish with moss, dry ice and micro flowers

Ingredients

2 parts Mijenta Blanco Tequila

1 part grapefruit juice

.5 part lime juice

1 part agave/cinnamon syrup

Top with prosecco

Method

Shake all ingredients with plenty of ice

Strain into a wine glass filled with ice

Top with prosecco

Garnish with grapefruit peel

Ingredients

1 oz Sagamore Spirit Distiller’s Select Tequila Finish

1 oz Triple Sec

1 oz Lime Juice

½ oz Agave Nectar

Crushed Ice

Sliced Jalapeno with or without seeds to taste

Lime for garnish

Ingredients

1.5 oz Sagamore Spirit Distiller’s Select Tequila Finish

1 oz Honey Simple Syrup

4 oz Grapefruit Juice

Splash of Club Soda

Ingredients

3 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila

1/2 part DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur

1 part Lemon juice

1 part Lime juice

1 part Agave Nectar (Optional)

Mini Cucumber

Jalapeno

Method

Muddle 1–2 thin slices of jalapeño pepper in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with the lime, lemon and optional agave nectar juices. Add the Tequila, Triple Sec and a handful of ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass over ice. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumbers, and Jalapeño slices (optional for spice).

Ingredients
2 oz. Tequila Herradura Silver
1 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz. Agave Nectar (to taste)
3 Slices Muddled Serrano Pepper

Method
Pour all ingredients into a shaker, muddle with sliced serrano pepper. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a fresh glass filled with ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice, pineapple leaves and serrano pepper.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz DeLeón Blanco Tequila

1 oz Raspberry Puree

3/4 oz Agave Nectar

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

5 Mint Leaves

Method

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Fill a rocks glass with shaved ice. Pour cocktails over ice. Garnish with lemon slice, red raspberry and mint on a skewer.

With Cinco de Mayo coming up in a few weeks, now is the perfect time to stock up on Margaritas without the added calories! To celebrate the launch of its newest premium canned Lime Margaritas, Crook & Marker is spreading the love and currently running a national buy-one-get-one (BOGO) promotion, dubbed Cinco de Margo, to encourage consumers to try its new Margaritas

Starting now through May 31, consumers can try the new Lime Margaritas for free with the purchase of any Crook & Marker 8-pack (stores may be located here).

Launching May 3rd, sipMARGS is a real, authentic margarita made with top-quality tequila, not another zero carb, zero flavor, hard seltzer. It is low calorie, low sugar, low carbs and comes in four creative flavors: Classic Sparkling Margarita, Sparkling Mango Margarita, Sparkling Coconut Margarita and Sparkling Mezcal Margarita.

Volcan De Mi Tierra Tequila is not just a drink, at its heart, it’s a Mexican heritage that inspires us to let our passion become our purpose in life. Tequila Blanco blends its herbal, citrus, and spice notes indicative of the lowlands with fruit notes of cherry, pear, and peach from the highlands.

Altos Plata is recognized for its natural smoothness when sipped, and is a top choice tequila for margaritas by bartenders. Plata offers the herbal aroma of steamed agave and is sweet to the mouth with citrus notes like lime and lemon. If you’re going with a fruit margarita, it tends to pair better with mild and sweeter foods, so you couldn’t go wrong with a fruit salad or a dessert like a flan or sorbet. If you’re going with a frozen margarita, a spicier dish will actually compliment the milder flavors, so try fajitas or tamales.

Avión Reserva 44 Extra Añejo is placed in oak barrels for 44 months — 43 of those months are spent in traditional oak barrels, and the final month is spent in “petite” oak barrels which are rotated daily. As a result, The tequila has a deep aroma of roasted agave, along with scents of vanilla and light citrus, particularly lemon zest. The nose gives way to flavors of dried fruits, cinnamon, and eucalyptus on the palate, which leads to an extremely long and rich finish. Anejos tequilas go great with luxurious, flavorful desserts like churros, Creme Brulee or something as simple as frozen peaches or dark chocolate.

Originally crafted to honor Jose Doroteo Arango, better known as Pancho Villa, for defending his people against the tyrants in the Mexican Revolution, Los Arango was born in his family name. Today, we continue to honor this triumphant moment in Mexican history throughout every batch of Los Arango tequila.

It is made from 100% Blue Weber Agave, harvested just steps away from the Hacienda Corralejo where it’s fired in clay ovens and fermented with a specialty yeast strain. It’s then double distilled, bottled in blown glass, and hand-finished with premium leather, metal, and wood accents all onsite at the Hacienda. Los Arango’s line of authentic offerings includes Blanco ($45.99), Reposado ($50) and Ańejo ($62).

Mijenta is an artisanal, small batch tequila from the highlands of Jalisco. Inspired by a shared cultural heritage, Mijenta offers a unique and super-premium spirit that is carefully crafted with a commitment to environmental sustainability and support for the local community. Mijenta’s products are handmade, numbered, and embrace traditional methods, crafting excellence through a bespoke distillation process. Their blanco bottle is stunningly designed with beautiful pink packaging, perfect for the mom who might need an extra cocktail this year.

This tequila uses packaging made from recycled materials only. The bottles are made from glass heated at low temperatures, using less fuel and the organic agaves are hand-harvested using no herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers. Stir up the Mischievous Margarita after biking home from work.

This Cinco de Mayo, imbibe in the bold flavors of Uptown Cocktails, a 2021 Product of the Year winner, with flavors like Margarita, Strawberry Margarita and Ruby Red Grapefruit that are perfect for the holiday. These premixed drinks are a vibrant, sophisticated blend of wine and natural ingredients — no corn syrup, no artificial flavors, and kosher certified. All seven flavors of the 1.5-Liter cocktails are expertly mixed and 13.9 percent alcohol by volume. Treat yourself, your guests and share the possibilities.

Female-founded 21Seeds fruit-infused tequila is the perfect gift for the mom who likes to end her day with a glass of wine, but is looking for a lighter, more refreshing option! 21Seeds is available in three delicious infusions: Cucumber Jalapeno, Valencia Orange, and Grapefruit Hibiscus.

Estrella Jalisco, the Mexican beer becoming a favorite among cerveza aficionados, is introducing a flavorful twist on the classic Michelada just in time for the outdoor dining boom.

The new Tropical Chamoy Michelada is a traditional lager featuring a 3.5% ABV and a flavorful blend of clamato, chamoy and pineapple. Fun fact: it’s the first ready-to-drink beverage in the U.S. to use chamoy!

As you may know, chamoy is a distinctly Mexican flavor that is widely loved, but hard to describe. The term doesn’t even have an official definition! That’s why with the launch of Tropical Chamoy Michelada, Estrella Jalisco is embarking on a mission to define the sweet-salty-spicy-sour flavor once and for all — and give chamoy the recognition it deserves.

Fans are invited to sign Estrella Jalisco’s petition asking Merriam-Webster to add chamoy to the dictionary. Visit change.org/definechamoy to join us in adding some flavor to the dictionary!

The Personalized Beer Margarita Crate features a pair of heavy-duty personalized schooner glasses and upside-down beer bottle holders so he can recline while his drink refills. And of course, a set of premium mixings to perfectly flavor this quirky pairing.

Not only did Man Crates design a bull piñata with a hyper-punchable face, they secretly swapped out the sugary stuffing for a twenty-four piece fiesta mix of fine meat. The perfect swing will give way to a surprise flavor storm of jerky strips and meat sticks.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food, and more! Based in New York City