tanaRi events – Top Five Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo 2012!

When is it ever a bad thing to find cause for celebration? Do as the Mexicans do this Cinco de Mayo and participate in the festivities this coming Saturday, May 5! Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. Here in the US, it is a day of celebrating Mexican heritage and pride.

After scouring around for our drink picks, we’ve narrowed it down to a list of five flavorful choices that encompass the essence of Cinco de Mayo. In this list, we combined traditional Mexican cocktail recipes along with specific restaurant signature drinks. Use this list as a rough guide to pick your cocktail of choice at your upcoming dining celebrations or try these recipes right at home while you’re making homemade chicken quesadillas & guacamole and hitting the piñata with your friends!

[Margarita cooler; image via fitnessmagazine.com]

1. Coco de Mayo: a signature drink created by the team of experts at Rosa Mexicana! Infusing ingredients from both a Pina Colada and Margarita, you get the best of both traditional cocktails and feeling as if you’ve been whisked away to your favorite island in Mexico laying on a beach!

Recipe courtesy of My Fox

image via southmexico.blogspot.com

2. Horchada: a drink whose origins date back to as early as the Egyptians, it has been popularized by Spanish & Latin America cultures through its existence. Horchada is meant to be a “cooling” cocktail in those hot, summer days based on its unique ingredients of milk, oats/barley/rice and cinnamon. While this drink typically doesn’t require alcohol, you can tweak the recipe to your liking by adding Rum or Tequila!

Recipe courtesy of Serious Eats

3. Michelada: a fusion of beer, lime juice and elements of a blood mary – need we say more?!

image via foodrepublik.com

Recipe courtesy of bookcooker.blogpost.com

image via foodnetwork.com

4. Frozen Margarita: The go-to Mexican cocktail. While some believe that this is an “Americanized” version of the drink, it is known that you are almost always guaranteed a good frozen margarita when you dine at your favorite Mexican restaurant! Fresh or frozen fruit (although not essential for a delicious margarita) does play an essential role to the bright color and flavor that makes this drink so irresistible!

Recipe for Strawberry Frozen Margarita courtesy of Guy Fieri/Food Network

image via cowtownchow.blogspot.com

5. Sangria: no one can celebrate Cinco de Mayo without sangria! Using wine (red or white) as the base for this cocktail, it is usually best to make a large amount at once and put in a pitcher or jar (so the ingredients intertwine with one another!) Chop up fresh fruit of your choice (apples, oranges, lemon) along with fruit juices and honey to give it an extra sweet favor.

Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

Should you enjoy Cinco de Mayo celebrations enough to keep the Mexican flavor going past May 5, be sure to keep these ingredients handy in your kitchen cabinet when you’re feeling saucy!

  • Tequila
  • Ice
  • Kosher salt
  • Fruit
  • Beer
  • Orange juice
  •  Rum
  • Lime juice
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