Our Favorite Ways To Get Festive On Cinco De Mayo

Tasty tequila recipes for inspired imbibing.

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Fun fact: Cinco De Mayo, a day of remembrance to honor the victory of Mexican forces over the French at the Battle of Puebla, is more commonly celebrated in America than Mexico. It gained popularity in the States in the mid-20th century as a celebration of Chicano culture, but was glommed on to in the 80s by (who else) large corporations as an opportunity to sell more beer. 

While we do take some umbrage with the co-option of cultural significance into a Corona marketing campaign, we'd be giant hypocrites if we said we're going to turn down an appropriately festive cocktail served in an appropriately festive glass. 

Scroll below for all the inspiration you need to put down that Coronarita and pick up something a bit more civilized this Cinco De Mayo.

Classic Paloma Recipe
Recipe by The Spruce


  • 2 oz blanco or reposado tequila
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Grapefruit soda
  • Salt for rimming (optional)

Instructions: Rim a collins glass with salt, fill with ice. Add tequila and lime, and stir in grapefruit soda.

Maryclare Blue Collins Glass by Canvas Home ($9)

Pineapple Tequila Sour
Recipe by Beautiful Booze


  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 2 oz fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/2 TBSP agave
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, pineapple juice, agave, lemon juice, and egg white. Shake until foamy, add ice and shake until chilled. Strain mixture into glass and garnish with pineapple.


Gold Pineapple Tumbler ($35)
Sphere Glass by Nate Cotterman ($110)

Pitcher Of Tequila Sangria
Recipe by Food Network


  • 2 lemons, sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 lines, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 naval orange, halved and sliced into thin rounds
  • 12 large fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 2/3 cup agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 bottle white wine, chilled
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda, chilled
Instructions: Place the sliced fruit and mint in a large pitcher and use a muddler to mash them together. Add the agave syrup, tequila and lime juice. Stir, and then add in the white wine. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.  To serve, divide the fruit mixture among 8 glasses. Top each with about 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda and serve immediately.
Wacky Pitcher by btw ceramics ($210)
Sphere Decanter by Nate Cotterman ($200)
El Vocho Shooter Recipe
Recipe via The Spruce


  • 4 parts reposado
  • 4 parts pineapple juice
  • 10 cilantro leaves
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 small sliced jalapeno

Instructions: Pour the tequila into one shooter glass. Blend all the other ingredients and pour into the second shot glass. Take the first, and then the second.

Spiked Shot Glass by Neptune Glassworks ($100)
Copper Nesting Vessels (Set of 3) ($112)

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