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.
We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Holidays & Festivals Archives!
1. Easy Tequila Sunrise
Source: Easy Tequila Sunrise
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
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
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
Source: Ginger Lime Kombucharita
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
Source: Chia Margarita
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.
6. Rich, Flavorful, and Crispy Tequila-Battered Chiles Rellenos
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
Source: Margarita Ice Cream
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
This festive DharmaRita 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!cocktail by
9. Watermelon Juice
This 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!by
10. Refreshing Peach Juice
This recipe by Nita Ragoonanan for is perfectly sweet, fresh, and tasty. Simple to make and delicious to drink, and would be fantastic with some tequila during festivities!
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some great resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!