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.
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Jessie Price , Food Blog
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.
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