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5 fresh spring drinks

By Jessie Price, April 27, 2009 - 4:36am

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Cinco de Mayo means it’s time to bust out some of your favorite Mexican recipes and start pouring the margaritas. I like my margaritas on the rocks, with salt, please. And I prefer to make them with fresh lime juice—forget the premade mix. You probably have your own favorite take on the margarita…and I’m not going to say it’s wrong, but I would like to suggest a few other delicious drinks that are equally wonderful for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The photo above is the Salty Chihuahua. It’s sort of a cross between the salty dog (vodka, grapefruit juice and a salt rim) and a margarita. It has tequila, Cointreau and grapefruit juice. Go for a good-quality juice like Odwalla or squeeze your own. You get vitamin C and vitamin A in this drink. Here’s the recipe.

Here are four more of my favorites:

Island Limeade: This limeade-and-dark-rum drink works with store-bought limeade, but it’s even better with homemade limeade. I go for Gosling’s brand rum. Be careful, these go down really easy!

Strawberry-Coconut Daiquiri: If you love frozen tropical drinks, try this one: it’s amazing. Plus strawberries are in season now.

Watermelon Agua Fresca: This is a great nonalcoholic drink made with fresh watermelon.

Shandy: Yes, this is a British-inspired drink, so it’s a bit of a stretch for a Mexican holiday. But this mix of “lemonade” and beer is just so fabulous and refreshing made with Mexican beers like Corona or Dos Equis (the green one) that I had to include it.

What foods are you going to make for Cinco de Mayo? Tell us what you think below.

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Jessie Price
Jessie Price is the editor-in-chief of EatingWell magazine. Besides her work on 11 other EatingWell books, she is the author of the James Beard Award-winning The Simple Art of EatingWell and EatingWell One-Pot Meals. She lives in Charlotte, Vermont where she stays busy growing her own vegetables in the summer and tracking down great Vermont food products when she’s not working.

Jessie asks: What foods are you going to make for Cinco de Mayo?

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