Cinco De Mayo Drinks: Margaritas, Palomas, Micheladas, and Aguas Frescas

Photo by: Matt Duckor
Spice Cucumber Margarita
Spice Cucumber Margarita

Bring 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let simple syrup cool. Combine simple... more 
Photo by: Matt Duckor
Spice Cucumber Margarita
Spice Cucumber Margarita

Bring 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let simple syrup cool. Combine simple syrup, 3 cups tequila blanco, 1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice, 1 1/4 cups fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup triple sec, and 1 jalapeño, halved lengthwise, in a pitcher. Chill for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 hours (taste every 1/2 hour or so until spiced to your liking); remove jalapeño. Rub a lime wedge over half the rim of highball or rocks glasses; dip into kosher salt. Serve Margaritas over ice in prepared glasses; garnish with sliced cucumber and jalapeño.



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Thu, May 2, 2013 1:28 PM EDT
Danielle Walsh




Although we said that Cinco de Mayo is a good excuse for us to show off all our Mexican cooking know-how, let's be real: this "holiday" is all about the drinks. And even though it falls on a Sunday this year, there's no way we're passing up a margarita. Or a Paloma. Or a Michelada. (How else to wash down all those tacos?) For the festive teetotalers, though, there's a rainbow of aguas frescas (a.k.a. juices) to sip on while you're nomming guac or a quesadilla. We just have one rule for Cinco de Mayo imbibing: If it comes out of a slushy machine, don't drink it. Plain and simple.



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