DrinkWire is Liquor.com’s showcase for the best articles, recipe and reviews from the web’s top writers and bloggers. In this post, Melissa Moreno offers twists on classic Mexican cocktails.

Cinco de Mayo is one of those super fun holidays that call for a celebration no matter where you live or who you are. Whether you prefer traditional adult beverages or are open to trying something brand new, this is the perfect excuse to turn up the heat. Spice up your Cinco de Mayo celebration by putting the margarita down and focusing on traditional Mexican staples with a modern twist!


Spicy Paloma

  • 1/2 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
  • 3/4 part fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 part fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 part agave syrup
  • Jalapeno
  • Grapefruit

Preparation: Lightly muddle 1/4 grapefruit and 4 slices jalapeno in a shaker. Combine remainder of ingredients into the shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.


Grilled Grapefruit Paloma

  • 2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 part ginger sage syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Top with grapefruit beer (appx. 1 part)
  • Grapefruit
  • Sage sprigs

Preparation: Combine equal parts sugar and water with 1 gingr slice and 4 sage sprigs and bring to a boil to create ginger sage syrup. Allow the mixture to cool, combine all ingredients except grapefruit beer in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice and top with grapefruit beer. Garnish with a grilled grapefruit slice.


Hornitos Horchata

  • 1 part Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 1/2 part coconut water
  • 1/2 part almond milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a shot glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.