What’s more festive on Cinco de Mayo than tequila? It’s the perfect drink to celebrate and enjoy with your Mexican-inspired meals. This year, festivities have to be a little different since we’re all social distancing and staying home. But in many states, liquor stores have been deemed essential, so if you want to get creative in the kitchen with tequila, put on your mask and gloves and give it a shot. Just remember to drink responsibly.

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1. Easy Tequila Sunrise

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This Easy Tequila Sunrise by Mireille Aikman is the easiest tequila sunrise cocktail recipe and a great way to celebrate summer, a birthday, or any occasion really.  It is a super tasty cocktail that looks like a real sunrise in your glass. Beautifully red and yellow, bright, and sweet –– how could this cocktail not make you happy? Just like the raspberry mojito or caipirinha, a tequila sunrise is one of the most popular cocktail drinks around the World You only need a couple of ingredients for this tequila sunrise recipe: tequila, orange juice or fruit juice, grenadine syrup, ice cubes, and a slice of orange or lemon. That’s it! Try different fruit juices to play around with the flavors!

2. Blackberry Vanilla Tequila Mojito

Blackberry Vanilla Tequila Mojito

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This Blackberry Vanilla Tequila Mojito cocktail by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez is perfect for summer parties. All the components can be made in advance. The lime mint sugar can be prepped a week ahead, and making the vanilla simple syrup is as easy as combining water, sugar, and a vanilla bean in a small pan. Once the party has begun and you’re ready to mix up some mojitos, you just muddle some fresh berries and mint, stir it all together, take your first sip, and set sail for paradise. Maybe just… make sure you’re sitting down first.


3. Bloody Marias Made With Infused Tequila

Recipe: Bloody Marias Made with Infused Tequila

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These Bloody Marias Made With Infused Tequila by Tami Noyes are sort of a Mexican-spiced version of a Bloody Mary that really hit the spot. After a quick search online, it appears many other people had the same idea. Really, it’s no surprise. Think of gazpacho: cool and refreshing, with spicy undertones, now put that idea into liquid form, minus the vegetables of course. With infused tequila, my version gets an extra-tasty kick. Remember, Barnivore is a fantastic resource for finding vegan liquors, wines, and beers.


4. Ginger Lime Kombucharita

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This Ginger Lime Kombucharita by Karlie Kashat is an updated version of the classic Mexican cocktail – the margarita. The base of tequila, lime, and triple sec remains the same but the beverage is augmented with ginger kombucha, which provides a slight tang of fermentation and the spicy notes of ginger on the back end of the drink give it more depth and complexity than its predecessor. It’s the perfect warm weather beverage to enjoy with a friend.


5. Chia Margarita

Recipe: Chia Margarita

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A “chia fresca” is a Mexican beverage, which classically uses lemon or citrus juice in combination with plant-based powerhouse chia to make a refreshing drink. Chia seeds – a superfood known primarily for a miraculously high Omega 3 content – absorb about 9 times their weight when soaked in water, forming miniature balls that are playful on the tongue. Combining the idea of a chia fresca with another Mexican specialty, tequila, is a true food destiny, and a deliciously fun new way to make a margarita (and add a little nutrition). Try this Chia Margarita by Emily von Euw. For a virgin variation, use a citrus kombucha blend in place of the alcohol.

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6. Rich, Flavorful, and Crispy Tequila-Battered Chiles Rellenos

Rich, Flavorful, and Crispy Tequila-Battered Chiles Rellenos

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Rich, flavorful, and wrapped in a shatteringly crisp batter, these Tequila-Battered Chiles Rellenos by Sara B. Allen are so delectable they could have come from that amazing 24-hour taco place you used to frequent at 4AM in college. But, have no fear, they won’t make you regret your decision the next day. These tasty little guys are 100% vegan, free of heavily processed foods and artificial substitutes, and showcase fresh produce. The recipe is admittedly a bit involved, but, trust me, it’s worth it. (And no one will ever guess it’s vegan!)

7. Margarita Ice Cream

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This drink-inspired dessert, Margarita Ice Cream by Kelly Peloza, is served in a salt-rimmed glass and garnished with a slice of lime for the full sweet, salty, and tart experience of the cocktail. Since alcohol and salt are the two main ingredients in a margarita and also happen to melt the ice cream, orange extract is used instead of triple sec so the tequila, flavor, and creaminess needn’t be diluted.


Add Tequila to These Refreshing Recipes This Cinco de Mayo

8. Healthy Strawberry Mocktail

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This festive DharmaRita Healthy Strawberry Mocktail cocktail by Holly Bertone is perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any summer soiree. For those of us who can’t or won’t drink for whatever reason, it’s a great idea to have some mocktails on hand that you can add tequila to if you feel like it!

9. Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Juice

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This Watermelon Juice by Gabriela Lupu is refreshing and a wonderful way to start the day on its own. But for Cinco de Mayo, add some tequila and get festive!

10. Refreshing Peach Juice

Refreshing Peach Juice

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This recipe by Nita Ragoonanan for Refreshing Peach Juice is perfectly sweet, fresh, and tasty. Simple to make and delicious to drink, and would be fantastic with some tequila during festivities!

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