Cocktail of the Week: Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

By Olivia Cuccaro

Rooted in Mexican history, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the country’s culture as well as its main spirit. Tequila, named for the city in Jalisco, was first produced in the 16th century and continues to be distilled from agave plants in the region today. Ranging from clear or “silver” to an amber color, tequila is a versatile spirit that can be sipped neat or mixed into an array of tantalizing cocktails. Click through to see this Elite Traveler editor’s picks of Cinco de Mayo cocktail recipes. ¡Salud!

Altos Frontera Highball

  • 1.5 parts Altos Reposado tequila
  • 1 part Oloroso Sherry
  • .5 parts Ancho Reyes Chili Liquor
  • .5 parts fresh lemon juice
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • soda

To create this cocktail, shake Altos Reposado tequila and other ingredients except soda. Then, strain into a highball over ice and add soda.