Recipes: Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

Tequila and Cinco de Mayo pretty much go hand-in-hand. So whether you’re looking for a sip once you’re been stuffed with tasty tacos at one of these Valley celebrations or are simply staying in for the night, try one of these festive tequila-based cocktails.

Blood Orange Margarita
1½ oz. Tequila Avión
¾ oz. Cointreau Orange Liqueur
1 oz. Blood Orange Juice
½ oz. Fresh Sour Mix
 In a cocktail shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain; best served over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.

Piña Perfection Margarita
By Brian Van Flandern, Tequila Don Julio Global Brand Ambassador
1 1/4 ounces Tequila Don Julio Añejo
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
Fresh rosemary
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Sprig of fresh rosemary for garnish
Muddle fresh rosemary into a cocktail shaker. Add Don Julio Añejo, fresh lime juice, fresh pineapple juice, and simple syrup into the cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with sprig of fresh rosemary.

Pomegranate Margarita
1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco
2 1/2 ounces pomegranate juice
2 teaspoons fine sugar
1/2 ounce lime juice
Sugar (to rim glass)
1 lime wedge
Combine Don Julio Blanco, pomegranate juice, fine sugar and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Rim margarita glass with sugar. Strain ingredients into margarita glass. Garnish with lime.

Spark Passion
By Brian Van Flandern, Tequila Don Julio Global Brand Ambassador
1 1/2 ounce Tequila Don Julio Reposado
3/4 ounces lemon juice
1 ounce agave syrup
1/4 ounce cherry liqueur
3/4 ounce pink grapefruit juice
Combine Don Julio Reposado, lemon juice, agave syrup, cherry liqueur and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Pour contents from shaker into rocks glass.

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