Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 4, 2015 1:14:38 PM

Margarita Recipes to Celebrate Mexico AdobeStock_88292753.jpeg

May brings us flowers, warmer temperatures, and much to celebrate – including Cinco de Mayo. May 5th commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at The Battle Of Puebla, and it’s a great time to celebrate all things Mexican.  Let’s start with the classic drink we all love: the Margarita.

A Margarita is made with three basic ingredients: tequila, triple sec, and lime. Like any recipe, there are many variations and creative interpretations, so, what’s the best type of tequila for mixing a great Margarita? Go with 100% agave blanco or reposado tequila.

Tequila Primer

There are two classifications of this —100% Blue Agave, and Tequila Mixto (Mixed). With more than 1,000 brands to choose from, it can get confusing on what to look for to mix your perfect margarita.

  • Joven or Gold – A mixture of blanco and resposado or a mixto.
  • Blanco – Sometimes called silver or white tequila, it’s aged less than two months.
  • Reposado – It means “rested” in Spanish, and is aged up to 1 year.
  • Anejo and Extra Anejo – Heavily aged, minimally 1 year, but less than 3 years. Reserve these for sipping.


Classic Margarita on the Rocks


  • 2 ounces tequila made from 100 percent agave — reposado or blanco
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt for garnish

Combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Moisten rim of Margarita or other cocktail glass with lime juice or water. Holding glass upside down, dip rim into salt. Shake and strain drink into glass and serve.

Mango Margarita


  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 3 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 small mango—peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped (3 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, such as Tajin
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces agave nectar
  • 3 ounces grapefruit soda

Spread the chili powder in a dish. Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with the lime wedge; dip the rim in the chili powder to coat. In a blender, puree the mango. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into the glass and serve.

Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margarita


  • 2 ounces fresh-squeezed tangerine juice
  • ½ tsp. tangerine zest
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 ounces reposado tequila
  • 1 ounce sparkling water
  • Mint sprig, for garnish
  • Tangerine peel twist, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine tangerine juice, zest, lime juice, and mint. Using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon, mash the mint with the zest. Add tequila and ice to shaker and shake thoroughly until chilled. Strain over a rocks glass filled with fresh ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with mint sprig and tangerine peel twist, and serve immediately.

Beers of Mexico

Of course, if a margarita is not in your wheelhouse, there are plenty great Mexican beers to sip. Pop open the most popular Mexican-produced beer, a Corona, or perhaps a Dos Equis, or any of the Mexican brews available in our coolers.

We even sell a Beers of Mexico Variety Pack.

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