Kick back and relax this Sunday, May 5th with a cold one — a refreshing, Cinco-de-Mayo-celebration cocktail, that is. This round-up of drinks features sippers made with some of the usual suspects like mezcal and tequila alongside more exotic ingredients including pink peppercorn syrup, lychee puree, aloe water and Sicilian prickly pear. No matter where you choose to imbibe, you’ll see that there are more thirst-quenching refreshments beyond margs. May your Sunday be filled with lots of libations!
Bar Boulud – Blood Orange ‘Rita
Whether you’re actually toasting to Battle of Puebla or not, make sure you’ve got a worthy drink in-hand like Bar Boulud‘s Blood Orange Rita. Blending Bribon Blanco tequila, Combier, Campari, blood orange puree, fresh lime and topped with an orange rose twist — this cocktail has got it (all) goin’ on.
Bergamot – 1862
Balancing a little bit of heat with a healthy dose of sweet, Bergamot‘s 1862 (named for the year in which Mexican forces defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla — but you totally knew that) includes tequila, pink peppercorn syrup, pineapple juice and lemon juice, and gets garnished with roasted pineapple.
Casa Verde – Casa Verde Margarita
JP’s mainstay taqueria, Casa Verde, may be known for their veggie-friendly menu, but this Cinco de Mayo be on the lookout for their signature Margarita. Made with love, this cocktail includes premium small-batch tequila, fresh-squeezed lime juice, orange liqueur and simple syrup.
Grove – MEXICO 70
Cheers to the first ever World Cup in North America, held in Mexico back in 1970 with none other than a Mexico 70. If you find yourself up north this Cinco de Mayo, head to Rowley’s Grove at the Briar Barn Inn for this refreshing citrus-y cocktail of sparkling wine, tequila, lime juice and a touch of agave nectar.
L’Andana – La Margarita
Drinks like margaritas are classics for a reason. Not convinced? Head to L’Andana this Cinco de Mayo for all the (sippable) proof you’ll need — their Margarita blends Lunazul Blanco tequila, lychee puree, strawberry rhubarb syrup, fresh lime, orange bitters and hot pepper tincture.
Outlook at Envoy – Three-Hour Tour
Whether you’re planning on keeping the festivities short or venturing out on a Three-Hour Tour, stop by Outlook at the Envoy for all your drinkable needs. Head to the Seaport District for a refreshing mix of Dobel tequila, aloe water, St. Germain, lemon juice and soda water.
Precinct – Charred Pineapple Mezcal, Strawberry Basil and Cadillac Margaritas
With a trio of margaritas from which to choose, the team at Precinct has covered all the Cinco de Mayo bases. Take your pick from options like Charred Pineapple Mezcal , Strawberry Basil and the Cadillac and find a perch on their Back Bay patio (weather permitting, of course) for a lovely, tequila-filled Cinco de Mayo.
Sulmona – Gordon Bombay
Shoot your best shot this Cinco de Mayo with the help of Gordan Bombay himself, in drink form of course. The team at Sulmona is putting together a (literally) popping drink made with tequila, St. Germain, Sicilian prickly pear, fresh lime, chartreuse and a rim of pop rocks.
Sumiao Hunan – Ghost on Fire
Far from Michael Walker’s tale of disillusionment, Sumiao Hunan‘s Ghost on Fire is a sweet but spicy sipper perfect for Cinco de Mayo. This cocktail packs a punch slinging together pepper-infused Ghost tequila, orange juice, agave and lime juice.
TAMO – Mexican Mint Julep
Looking to twist things up this Cinco de Mayo? Consider the folks at TAMO your Cinco de fairy godmothers because they’ll be mixing up a festive take on the Kentucky Derby favorite. Their Mexican Mint Julep combines Corzo Reposado Tequila, muddled mint, lime, ginger beer, mint and topped with a whole jalapeno pepper garnish.
Temazcal Tequila Cantina – Mexican Ginger Margarita
With over 250 type of tequila on deck, Temazcal Tequila Cantina is truly a Cinco de Mayo no brainer. This time around try their Mexican Ginger Margarita — including 1800 Reposado tequila, ginger beet, O3 orange liqueur, agave nectar and a splash of lime juice for some extra bite.
Trade – Rose Kennedy
Even if you can’t quite picture Rose Kennedy casually sipping tequila, you can still enjoy her namesake cocktail at Trade. The refreshing little concoction includes Altos Blanco tequila, cucumber, lime and serrano for a sophisticated and spicy little number that’s more than worthy of its name.
Whaling in Oklahoma – To-Moro’s Party
The folks at the South End’s Whaling in Oklahoma are putting the finishing touches on To-Moro’s Party in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Get down to Tremont Street to try the special-occasion-worthy concoction, a blend of tequila, elderflower, blood orange and togarashi chili.