Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and for many people, it’s synonymous with margaritas. There are so many other fun cocktails to enjoy on this festive day? Tequila is the star of the show, so let’s explore the different types of tequila and some tasty cocktails you can make with them.
Tequila is a versatile spirit that can be enjoyed in many ways. While it’s often used as a base for cocktails, many people also enjoy sipping on tequila neat or on the rocks. In fact, some tequila aficionados argue that the best way to fully appreciate the complex flavors of aged tequila is to drink it on its own. Whether you prefer your tequila in a cocktail or on its own, there’s no denying that it’s a popular and delicious spirit that’s worth celebrating on Cinco de Mayo and beyond
Types of Tequila (and Mezcal)
There are several types of tequila, each with its own unique flavor profile. Mezcal, a similar spirit, is also gaining popularity.
Blanco tequila is also known as silver or white tequila. It is unaged and bottled immediately after distillation. Blanco tequila has a pure, clean taste and is often used in cocktails.
Reposado tequila is aged for at least two months but no more than a year. It has a smooth taste with a hint of oak from the aging process. Reposado tequila is great for sipping or mixing into cocktails.
Añejo tequila is aged for at least one year but no more than three years. It has a rich, complex flavor with notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak. Añejo tequila is best enjoyed on its own, but it can also be used in cocktails that require a bold, intense flavor.
Mezcal is a similar spirit to tequila that is gaining popularity. It is made from the agave plant and has a smoky flavor that sets it apart from tequila. Mezcal is often enjoyed neat or in cocktails.
More than Margaritas
While margaritas are a popular drink, they can be high in calories and sugar and sometimes just taste way too sweet. Fortunately, there are many alternative tequila cocktails that are just as tasty. There are also ways to make margaritas a little less sugary. Opting to make your own margarita mix I always worth the time and effort. It allows you to add less sugar and to use fresh squeezed juice.
When I worked at my first restaurant in Boston, we got to have shift drink after work. This was really one of the first places I learned about different spirits and wines and was able to try many different things. There was one drink on the menu called The Three Citrus Magic, it was orange, lemon and lime muddled with sugar and then shaken with vodka. This drink gave me inspiration for this festive tequila drink, which I find a great alternative to a margarita.
Enjoy this delicious cocktail and the many other tequila-based drinks you can make on Cinco de Mayo or all Summer long! Remember to drink responsibly and have fun!
Mágia de tres cítricos
- 1 muddle
- 1 glass I used a mason jar
- 2 ounces blanco tequila
- 1 tbsp honey simple syrup To make honey syrup, combine equal parts honey and water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the honey is dissolved. Let cool before using in cocktails.
- 1 slice fresh orange
- 1 slice fresh lemon
- 1 slice fresh lime
- pellegrino or other sparkling water to top off the drink
- In a glass, combine orange, lemon and lime slice, and honey syrup. Make sure fruit is deseeded. Muddle the fruit and honey syrup until well muddled and macerated. Add ice and tequila and shake until well combined and chilled. Top with Pellegrino or sparkling water.