A trio of Cinco de Mayo cocktails

It’s Cinco de Mayo, which everyone knows commemorates Mexico’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Right?  OK. maybe folks only know it as a day to drink Mexican inspired cocktails.

Berry Bell Margarita

2 oz Blanco Tequila

1 oz Cointrea

2 slices red bell pepper

2 raspberries

1 bar spoon raspberry preserves

Muddle raspberries with bell peppers in a mixing glass. Add the remaining ingredients with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Picante Pina

Picante Pina

2 oz. Spicy Avion Silver (scrape the seeds and membranes of 2 jalapenos into one bottle of Avion Silver. When desired spiciness is achieved, strain and rebottle)

4 x 1” pineapple chunks

¾ oz. fresh lime juice

½ oz. agave nectar

Muddle pineapple, add remaining ingredients and shake. Strain and pour into rocks glass with cilantro salt rim (blend 1 cup of cilantro with 1 cup of kosher salt until incorporated).


Montelobos Picador

2 oz.Montelobos Mezcal

1 oz.  fresh lime juice

½ oz. simple syrup

Combine ingredients over ice and shake well. Serve over fresh ice in a rocks glass with a salt & black pepper rim and orange slice.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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