Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with some cocktails using Mexico’s favorite spirit, tequila.
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May 2010

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Tequila Cocktails

Cocktail Recipes For Cinco De Mayo


CAPSULE REPORT: Six new fruity tequila cocktail recipes will give you something to celebrate on Cinco de Mayo—or the other 364 days of the year.


Cinco De Mayo (“May 5th”) commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Though it’s not a federal holiday in Mexico (or anywhere), it’s celebrated in North America and abroad as “a celebration of Mexican heritage.” But the the real reason to celebrate is the delicious Mexican food and drink.

If you plan to host a Cinco De Mayo party, be sure to stock the bar with North America’s first indigenous distilled spirit—tequila (quick—what‘s the second one?*)! Here, we present six Mexican tequila cocktail recipes, courtesy of El Jimador tequila, perfect for the occasion. Before selecting your tequila, be sure to read about the history and different types of tequila. This is Page 1 of a two-page article. Click the black links below to view the other page.

*Berkley Plantation in Virginia claims to have produced the first Bourbon whiskey in 1621, but it was not called “Bourbon” at the time. At about the same time, rum was being distilled from sugar cane in the Caribbean, although other spirits made from fermented sugar date back to antiquity in the Pacific Rim, where sugar cane originated.

El Jimador is one of Mexico’s premium tequilas, made of 100% blue agave. Jimadors are the people who harvest the agave plants used for making the tequila.

El Jimador is the number one selling Tequila in Mexico, The brand’s signature drink is the Authentic Jimador Paloma cocktail, a mix of tequila and Fresca (The Paloma is the top-selling cocktail in Mexico).

Personally, we prefer the more sophisticated Tequila and grapefruit juice cocktail, but the advantage of Fresca is that dieters can mix themselves a tall drink with Diet Fresca).


El Jimador’s three expressions: Blanco, Reposado and Añejo.

Tequila Cocktails: Batanga

A Batanga is the Tequila version of the Cuba Libre, with a hit of salt for extra dimension. It was created some 50 years ago by Don Javier Delgado Corona, owner of La Capilla, a top bar in the city of Tequila. You can’t go wrong with this cola crowd pleaser.

Ingredients Per Cocktail


  1. In highball glass add ice, tequila,
    cola and lime juice.

  2. Stir to mix.†

  3. Garnish with a lime wedge.

*Click to see our favorite cola, which also is
made in a “fooled you!” sugar-free/calorie-
free version.

†The ritual at La Capilla is to stir the drink
with a knife before taking a sip.


Cactus Kicker

While the name is nicely alliterative, it’s important to remember that the agave is not a member of the cactus family. It’s a succulent, a group of plants that not only belong to another family, but to another order entirely. Sweet-and-tart cocktail balances the fruit and fruit liqueur against sour mix.

Ingredients Per Cocktail

  • 1-1/2 ounces blanco tequila

  • 1/2 ounce melon liqueur

  • 2 ounces pineapple juice

  • 1 ounce sour mix

  • Splash of lemon-lime soda


  1. In a shaker filled with ice, add all
    ingredients and roll to mix.

  2. Pour into rocks glass.

  3. Garnish with twist of orange peel.

Cactus Kicker


Golden Coa Cocktail

A coa de jima is the long, stick-like instrument used to cut agave plants in the field. This sweet cocktail, named in its honor, is a bright and fruity delight.

Ingredients Per Cocktails

  • 1 ounce blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce raspberry liqueur
  • 1 ounce orange juice

  • 2 ounce pineapple juice

  • Splash of lemon-lime soda


  1. In a shaker filled with ice, add all
    ingredients and roll to mix.

  2. Pour into rocks glass.

  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry
    and an orange slice
Golden Coa



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