Tomorrow is May 5th otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo, a holiday which celebrates the day (May 5, 1862) where Mexican Armed Forces beat down the French at the Battle of Puebla. It is also a day to drink lots of margaritas, because margaritas are awesome. To help you kick off Cinco de Mayo I’ve rounded up some great twists on the classic margarita.
Blueberry Basil Margarita – Created by Tres Agaves
2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
1 part agave nectar
1 lime squeezed
A couple sprigs of basil
Muddle blueberries and basil with Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila. Add remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and serve over fresh ice (do not strain). Garnish with basil leaf float. Add dash of filtered water for more liquid.
Cucumber Margarita – Created at Cien Agaves Tacos and Tequila, Scottsdale, AZ
1 ½ parts CRUZ Silver Tequila
½ part triple sec
2 parts of fresh squeezed lime
2 parts simple syrup
Slices of fresh cucumber
Mix together lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup and Cruz Silver Tequila. Muddle cucumber, shake, strain and serve over ice. Garnish with fresh slices of cucumber.
Sriracharita – Created by CRUZ Tequila
1 ½ parts CRUZ Tequila
1 part fresh lime juice
¾ parts Cointreau
¼ part jalapeno infused Tres Agaves agave syrup*
3 dashes Sriracha
Jalapeño for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain in to a rocks glass over ice, garnish with jalapeño.
*Jalapeno agave syrup
2 cups Tres Agaves agave nectar
1 jalapeno, cut lengthwise, seeds removed (2 if you’re feeling bold!)
Over medium heat simmer agave nectar. Add jalapeno and let simmer at least one hour (then rest overnight for maximum flavor), strain through a mesh sieve and store in refrigerator.
If you are short on time (or lack any of the skills need to make a margarita) Jose Cuervo has you covered! Just grab a bottle of their ready to drink margs, my favorite is the grapefruit/tangerine flavor (also available in Classic, White Peach, Pink Lemonade, Watermelon, Strawberry Lime and Coconut Pineapple), a pitcher, ice and cute cocktail glasses and and you are ready for a party!.