Let’s raise a glass today! As I’m writing this, it is Cinco de Mayo and I’m already thinking about the drinks of the roof I’m planning to have later!
A few things on the subject. For one, how many people know the real deal behind this little drunken holiday we like to celebrate every year? The most common misconception is that it is Mexican Independence Day.
May 5th actually marks a victory for Mexico in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.. The battle is said to have at least ideological implications for the U.S. civil war. California was the first state to start commemorating Cinco de Mayo…and it eventually grew to become a national holiday thanks to… surprise surprise…capitalist interests.
Long story short, the festive drinking holiday part of cinco de mayo…that’s totally and completely American. Not to say to put down your bottoms up. The day has evolved into a fun tradition about relaxing and having fun with friends. Just saying to drink mindfully…in more ways than one. 💛
Secondly. I know it’s got to be a bummer for many (myself included) that yet another day we usually celebrate with friends has to be marked in isolation and social distance. BUT, I can’t say it enough, it’s so easy to bring joy and festivity into your everyday, no matter what your situation.
Today, let’s do it with cocktails!
Below I’m sharing 6 recipes for some of my favorite spring and summer cocktails, packed with fruit, fresh herbs, and lots of flavors that you won’t want to stop sipping.
I’m a vodka, gin and tequila girl… so those are the liquors I used as the base of these cocktail recipes. You’ll also notice that each recipe features fresh fruit, fresh herbs or both! These drinks are all bright, juicy and full of the flavors of the season. Now I just need a beach!
I’ve got rough measurements in each recipe below…but please don’t let me stop you from adding less (or more😎) alcohol, etc. to your taste. Have fun and get festive!
And you need something to sip all those cocktails in! Below the recipes, shop my top drinkware picks, plus favorite items for your bar cart!
Enjoy cinco de mayo friends!
If I’m making myself a cocktail, 90% of the time this is what I’m making for myself. Bright and fruity from the lemonade…with the perfect kick of bubbles. Raspberries and lemon make it the perfect balance of tart and sweet. Trust me, you won’t taste how strong it is.
- Put a handful of fresh raspberries at the bottom of the glass.
- Add 1-2 shots of vodka.
- Add 6-8 ounces of raspberry lemonade.
- Top the glass with cold champagne.
- Rub a lemon peel around the rim and garnish.
Gotta have a margarita in the mix, right? The little twist on this one comes from cherry lime sparkling water. I use agave nectar (or honey) to sweeten it up…and don’t forget plenty of lime juice. I’m here for it again and again.
- Add 1 shot of tequila to a cocktail shaker along with 2 tsp of agave nectar and half a can of cherry lime sparkling water.
- Squeeze 3-4 lime wedges into the shaker, along with ice.
- SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE!
- Strain into a glass, add a splash of cranberry juice.
- Garnish with more lime.
This drink is bright and easy as a Sunday morning. Floral gin, sweet & earthy herbs, and fresh lemonade make for the perfect sipping combo. I recommend giving this one a reallllly good shake and then straining it…it’s not pleasant to drink herb stems. And it’s really important to garnish this one so that the herbs can keep infusing the drink!
- Muddle rosemary, mint and basil in the bottom of cocktail shaker.
- Add 1-2 shots of gin and 8 ounces of your favorite lemonade.
- Add ice and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE.
- Strain into a glass, top with some club soda and garnish with sprigs of fresh herbs.
I named it this, because that’s the first thing that came to my mind. I love the sweet and juicy tropical flavors. It works well with tequila, but you could definitely make this with any liquor you like and it would still be delicious (I’m feeeeling some rum in here).
- Add raspberries and pineapple chunks to the bottom of a glass.
- Add 1 shot of tequila.
- Add 6-8 ounces of pineapple coconut sparkling water.
- Top with a splash of orange juice and stir to mix.
- Garnish with pineapple, raspberries and/or orange slices.
I am obsessed with this smooth sipping summer slammer. The Texas comes from the Topochico that gets mixed with gin, fresh watermelon and mint. Sweet, juicy, and mellow. It’s a long weekend in a glass. Just give me a front porch swing and put a record on.
- Muddle about 5-6 chunks of watermelon, a handful of mint and 1-2 tsp of sugar in a mortar and pestle. Strain into a glass.
- Add a few more chunks of watermelon and some ice. Pour in 1-2 shots of gin.
- Fill the rest of the glass with Topochico.
- Garnish with fresh mint!
This might be my new favorite drink of the Summer. It’s the PERFECT mix of sweet, spicy and tangy. I absolutely love jalapeños, and think it gives the ultimate kick to all these bright citrusy flavors. Make it by the glass, or just go ahead and whip up a whole damn pitcher!
- In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Slice up and de-seed a jalapeño and add to the pot. (I add in juuust a few seeds to up the spice level, so adjust how you like it.) Bring to a boil, then let cool completely. Strain into a container with an airtight lid.
- In a glass, add some ice, and slices of orange, lemon and lime.
- Pour in 1 shot of vodka, 6 ounces of white wine and 1-2 tablespoons of the jalapeño simple syrup (again, depending on how strong you want it). Give everything a good stir.
- Top off glass with a splash of club soda. Garnish with more citrus and a jalapeño slice.
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