Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday this year, as if we needed an extra excuse to drink. And while margaritas, when made properly (forget premade mixes), can be amazingly delicious, they can also start to feel a bit played out…especially by your third one of the evening. Here are five easy and tasty ways to celebrate the agave spirit and keep your taste buds excited from noon ’til night.
Put a south-of-the-border spin on the classic brunch drink by swapping in tequila for the usual vodka, while keeping the tomato juice, lime juice, and horseradish, and of course the dashes of Worcestershire and hot sauce. And get as adventurous with your garnishes as you like.
Light and refreshing, the Paloma is a Mexican favorite and an all-around great warm-weather drink. In its simplest form, you make it by mixing one part tequila with three parts grapefruit soda (think Fresca, Squirt, or Jarritos) and a squeeze of lime juice over ice in a highball glass—although you can certainly substitute freshly squeezed juice and club soda for the grapefruit soda, if you prefer.
Previously banished to cruise ships and cheesy resorts, this sweet and fruity relic of the 1970s is starting to find favor again and is poised for a comeback. For this one, you mix three parts tequila with six parts orange juice and one part grenadine (which will sink to the bottom, creating the “sunrise” effect), and serve, unstirred, in a highball glass. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry for extra flair.
A take on the classic Moscow Mule, this variation replaces vodka with tequila. Mix two parts spicy ginger beer with one part tequila, and add a squeeze of lime juice. Traditionalists will insist it be served in a copper mug, but a rocks glass is totally fine, too.
Nearly everyone loves the Negroni, a bitter yet refreshing way to start or end a night. This variation replaces the usual gin with tequila, keeping the Campari and sweet red vermouth. Stir equal parts of each together and serve over ice in a rocks glass.