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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home with these amazing cocktail recipes

By Tobey Grumet
May 4, 2020
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Take a tip from the experts on how to enjoy Cinco de Mayo from your home this year

Translated to the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s victory over France during the Franco-Mexican war in 1862. Also known as Battle of Puebla Day, it is just a minor holiday in Mexico, but here in the US, it has become a celebration of Mexican-American culture and community.

Normally, there would be a network of national parties and celebrations, with the largest festivities in San Antonio, New York, Phoenix, Denver and San Diego. But, with social distancing as the new norm, we asked the experts how to make the most of the situation—and how to party like it’s the 5th of May in your very own home.


At Mexico’s Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, the 1826 Tequila Bar offers over 120 different tequilas and 20 mezcals—and does tastings on their outdoor terrace. For a little sweeter cocktail, try its Lavender Margarita.

Lavender Margarita

2 tablespoons of lavender syrup

1 oz tequila

.5 oz lime juice

.5 oz of Controy.

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Sofia Partida, National Brand Ambassador of Mexico’s Partida Tequila, is organizing a face time “Cinco Salud” with friends and family in Northern California. She will also host a Cinco Happy Hour at home where they will be playing Loteria and watching a movie like Nacho Libre or Like Water for Chocolate. Decorations will include flowers, both paper and fresh, and the menu will include appetizers like Shrimp Aqua Chiles and mini Chicken Tostadas. Her cocktail of choice is the Ponche Cabellero.

Ponche Cabellero

2 oz Reposado

1.5 oz tamarind nectar

1.5 oz pineapple juice

.5 oz agave nectar

.5 oz fresh lime juice

2 dashes of Angostura bitters.


On the other end of the spectrum, Desolas is a brand new Mezcal crafted in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, wants to add a little spice to its Cinco de Mayo cocktail, which they suggest countering with chips and guacamole. They also suggest pairing their Spotify playlist with your at-home party.

Desolas Sol

2 oz Desolas Mezcal

1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

1 oz ginger beer

garnished with a lime wheel.

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The MGM Resorts Event Production Team suggests finding a special place in your home, either indoors or outdoors, to be the hub of the celebration. Decorations can be a colorful scarf to drape on the table or hang up on the wall and you might want to search up a streaming folklorico dance class or discover new music contributed by Mexican artists for ambiance and entertainment. Try a tequila tasting at home and allow each taster to rate and review their findings before the next public gathering. However, if it’s a cocktail you’re after, try the Dama Blanca from the Mama Rabbit Bar at the Park MGM Las Vegas.

Dama Blance

2 ozs Ilegal Joven Mezcal,

.5 oz Italicus Bergamot liqueur

.5 oz orange cordial

.5 oz simple syrup

.5 oz lemon juice

.5 oz lime juice

an egg white.

Shake, pour in a coupe glass and garnish with real flowers for a beautiful finish.


Rosewood Hotels are used to celebrating Cinco de Mayo at many of their properties. At the Dallas-based Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, The Mansion Bar has been a steadfast icon since its opening in 1980 and it’s renowned Texas Margarita has been on the menu for four decades.

Texas Margarita

2 oz tequila

1 oz fresh lime juice

.75 oz Cointreau

up to .75 oz jalapeno agave.

Shake and pour straight up.


For many of us, the word Tequila is synonymous with Patron. This iconic brand has been bringing us super sippable, premium expressions from that famous region for over 30 years. So, it only seems right to mix a Patron Classic Margarita. The only thing you’ll have to decide is: salt or no salt?

Patron Classic Margarita

1.5 oz of Patron Reposada or Silver

1 oz Patron Citronge Orange

.75 oz fresh lime juice

.25 oz simple syrup

Shake and pour into a glass (ice optional).


Lastly, for those who want to add a little caffeine to their cocktail cause, Mr. Black Liqueur is a bittersweet blend of vodka and coffee. A simple way to enjoy it at home is part of this eye-opening, Paloma Negra.

Paloma Negra

2 oz coffee liqueur

.75 oz Mezcal

1.25 oz pink grapefruit juice

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