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The Best (and Easy to Make) Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

Cinco De Mayo Cocktails

Everyone knows the key ingredient to any Cinco de Mayo festivity is tequila. But, if your favorite local watering hole is too crowded, create your own fun. “An easy and delicious recipe is to combine two parts Tequila Avión, with 1 part fresh lime juice and ¾ parts agave nectar,” says Ken Austin, founder of Tequila Avión, whose lifelong passion is premium tequila. “Shake and pour over ice for a perfect Cinco de Mayo drink.”

And let’s not forget the snacks. “My favorite snacks happen to be the staples,” says Austin.  “Fresh guacamole and chili con queso with fresh or store bought tortilla chips. If you want a little kick, add jalapeños to the chili con queso.”

Click through for a few of our favorite Cinco de Mayo drinks.

Rita Rioja drink

Rita Rioja
¾  oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
¾  oz. Simple Syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
1 ½  oz. Tequila Avión Reposado
Fresh Red Pepper
Cilantro

Rub the rim of a glass with a wedge of fresh lime and dip into some salt. Add some spice to your margarita by muddling a piece of red pepper and a little bit of cilantro to bring out their natural flavors. Add your key ingredient: 1 ½  ounces Tequila Avión Reposado, and ¾  ounce each of fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Then fill your mixing glass with ice. Give your cocktail a good shake to chill, and strain it into your salted glass. Then, garnish with a piece of red pepper and cilantro. Enjoy!

Papaya Smash drinkPapaya Smash
1 Slice of Fresh Papaya
¼  oz. Agave Nectar
1 ¼  oz. Avión Añejo
½  oz. Aperol
½  oz. Orange Juice
¾  oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish with Fresh Papaya

Add a slice of fresh papaya and agave nectar to your mixing glass. Muddle to release the papaya flavor. Combine ingredients in shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over ice, and garnish with a fresh slice of papaya

MargaritaSouth American Margarita

1.5 oz KAPPA Pisco
0.5 oz Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
0.5 oz agave nectar
1 oz fresh lime juice

Shaken, strained over fresh ice into rocks glass, garnish lime wheel.

frozen berry drinks

Frozen Lemon-Berry Margarita
4 Lime wedges
2 tablespoons coarse sugar
2/3 cup thawed lemonade concentrate
1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
2 cups ice cubes
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup tequila, optional
Using lime wedges, moisten the rims of four margarita or cocktail glasses. Set aside limes for garnish. Sprinkle coarse sugar on a plate; hold each glass upside down and dip rim into sugar. Set aside. Discard remaining sugar on plate.

In a blender, combine the lemonade concentrate and raspberries; cover and process until blended. Press mixture through a fine sieve; discard seeds. Return raspberry mixture to blender; add the ice, strawberries, blueberries, sugar and tequila if desired. Cover and process until smooth.

Pour into prepared glasses. Garnish with reserved limes.

Photo Credit: tasteofhome.com

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