Shake up Your Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Game
By now I think it’s no secret that we’re fans of celebrating Cinco de Mayo here at Joe’s Daily, but what’s not to love? If it’s been a while since you reviewed the story behind this great holiday, you should definitely brush up because it’s kind of awesome. You have Napoleon III riding in being an opportunistic bully, and the underdog Mexican army winning this important battle, despite being heavily outnumbered. And when you factor in just how influential the battle was for both maintaining the independence of Mexico AND helping the Union victory of the Civil War, it’s just that much more inspiring. Anyway, the point is Cinco de Mayo is definitely a day that deserves recognition and celebration, and we’re happy to take part.
Just like we happen to have strong feelings about honoring this spring holiday, we also have strong feelings about the drinks we serve when we do. To be completely honest with you, I don’t remember the last time we used anything other than Olmeca Altos Tequila. If you’re like us and happen to be big on the agave spirit, then you know that there are far more ways to enjoy it other than in a margarita (not that we were ever mad about a margarita). That’s one of the things we love about Altos. Between their Plata, Reposado, and Añejo varieties the cocktail possibilities are basically endless. I’ve added a couple of our favorites below. And for those of you who don’t really want to stray from the beloved classic, Altos has several twists on the typical margarita as well. You can check out those, as well as other beautiful concoctions they’ve put together here.
Altos Plata – Smokin’ Aces
- Altos Plata 1 part
- Mezcal 1 part
- Lillet blanc ½ part
- Pineapple puree 2 parts
- Agave syrup 1 barspoon
- Lime juice 1 barspoon
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with pineapple leaves.
Reposado – Altos Sazerac
- Altos Reposado 2 parts
- Agave syrup ½ part
- Peychaud’s Bitters 3 dashes
- Pernod Absinthe 1 barspoon
Rinse a chilled Old Fashioned glass with the Pernod Absinthe. Set it aside. In a mixing glass, put the bitters with Altos Reposado and stir with ice. Discard the Pernod Absinthe and serve Altos Reposado with the bitters in the Old Fashioned glass. Add a lemon twist for garnish.
This post is sponsored by Olmeca Altos. All opinions are my own.