Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and tequila is still on the rise! According to Union, the margarita is still the most ordered tequila cocktail. Coming in at a distant second most ordered Tequila drink is the Mexican candy shot, which is a concoction made of tequila, watermelon schnapps, and hot sauce. Its high ranking is driven in part by its incredible popularity across Texas. Followed by the Paloma and Ranch water. While ranch water (tequila, lime juice and sparkling mineral water, often Topo Chico) was “born” just two years ago, it takes the number four spot for top ordered tequila cocktails according to Union. Overall, there are a ton of popular agave cocktails and below are a few delicious ones to help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo this year!!
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ZODIAK KILLER (serves 4-8)
Featured at KYU, New York City
Creme de banana
Fresh pressed pineapple
Served table-side in a glass rooster!
Primo 1861 Margarita Sour
Courtesy of Pedro Camarena
1 1/2oz of Primo
3/4 oz Controy (Orange Liqueur)
Freshly squeezed juice of 1 Lime
Freshly squeezed juice of 1 Lemon (option to change it for juice of 1/3 grapefruit)
3/4 oz of Agave Syrup
1/2 oz of Egg White
Shake with ice. Prepare a previously chilled lowball with himalayan salt on the rim. Use a cocktail strainer to strain to the glass.
.5 oz Socorro Reposado
1 oz Jalisco 1562
1 Espresso Shot
Fill a shaker full of ice and add all ingredients. Shake for 20 seconds. Strain contents into
Coupe. Garnish with orange zest and coffee beans.
2oz Cantera Negra Silver
1oz fresh lime juice
.5oz agave nectar
Blood orange slice for garnish
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice in a half salt rimmed rocks glass and garnish with blood orange slice.
IZO’s Cinco De Pineapple
1.5 oz IZO’s 100% Agave Tequila Extra Añejo
2 oz Passion Fruit Puree
.75 oz Fresh Pressed Lemon Juice
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Lemon Thyme Syrup
2 oz Cantera Negra Silver
.5 oz fresh lime juice
5 oz Mexican Squirt
Tajin and sugar for rim
Build over ice in a Collins glass rimmed with tajin/sugar mix (3 parts tajin to 1 part sugar). Stir and garnish with a grapefruit slice.
Fabrizia Blood Orange Margarita
1.5 oz Fabrizia Blood Orange Limoncello
1.5 oz mezcal
1 oz lime juice
1.5 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1 Tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Rim a rocks glass with agave nectar and smoked sea salt and fill with ice
Whatever you plan on drinking, please stay safe and #TipYourBartenders