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Beyond the Margarita: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with 6 Tasty New Cocktails
What if we told you that it was perfectly acceptable to not drink a margarita on Cinco de Mayo? (And no, we haven’t been hitting the Dos Equis bottle in the a.m.) RECIPE: Think We're Wrong? Check Out These 11 New Margarita Recipes While the beloved concoction is an all-time classic, it's sometimes tiresome to celebrate this festive holiday with yet another margarita. Instead, we recommend that you enjoy the best Mexican spirits in other cocktails that showcase smooth tequila and smoky mezcal. It is possible to make thirst-quenching cocktails with fresh ingredients like a pro — and it will put that lukewarm beer to shame. Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay, also known as The Tippling Bros. — or two of the beverage industry’s most sought-after consultants and educators — have teamed up with spirit-recommendation app Distiller to develop six delectable drinks you should be sipping this Cinco. These luscious cocktails range from sweet to salty, highlight ingredients that are easily accessible, and, more importantly — are downright delicious. READ: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Tequila Spread out the guac and chips and host your very own happy hour this evening (or any night for that matter), but be sure to shake things up with some of the tastiest tequila cocktails you haven’t yet tried:
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Dirty Burro A unique Mexican Mule. Ingredients 1½ oz. blanco tequila (Lunazul Tequila was used in this recipe) ¾ oz. ginger liqueur (Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur was used in this recipe) ½ oz. fresh pineapple juice ½ oz fresh lime juice 2 oz. club soda 2 drops hot sauce (El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce was used in this recipe) 1 lime wedge, for garnish Preparation Add all ingredients, except club soda, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice. Fill with soda and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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Misty's Sleeve Named for bartender Misty Kalkofen’s sleeve of hibiscus flower tattoos. Recipe adapted from “The Tippling Bros. A Lime and a Shaker.” Ingredients 1½ oz. hibiscus-infused blanco tequila* (Hibiscus-Infused Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila was used in this recipe) ¾ oz. ginger liqueur (Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur was used in this recipe) ½ oz. orange liqueur (Grand Marnier was used in this recipe) ¾ oz. fresh lime juice ¼ oz. fresh orange juice 3 drops hot sauce (El Yucateco Green Habanero Sauce was used in this recipe 1 lime wedge, for garnish Preparation First, prepare hibiscus-infused tequila (recipe below). Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a double Old-Fashioned glass rimmed with salt. Garnish with a lime wedge. Hibiscus-Infused Tequila Ingredients 1 bottle blanco tequila 1 cup loosely packed dried hibiscus flowers Preparation Combine ingredients in a clean glass or food-grade plastic container. Let steep for one hour at room temperature. Strain and store in a clean glass bottle.
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Angry Paloma A spicy version of the classic. Ingredients 1½ oz. blanco tequila (Cabeza Blanco Tequila was used in this recipe) ¾ oz. ginger liqueur (Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur was used in this recipe) ¾ oz. lime juice 3 oz. grapefruit soda (Jarritos Grapefruit Soda was used in this recipe) 2 drops hot sauce (El Yucateco Green Habanero sauce was used in this recipe) 1 grapefruit wedge, for garnish Preparation Add all ingredients, except soda, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass over fresh ice. Fill with soda. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
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Scorched Earth Another recipe named for bartender Misty Kalkofen and her love of mezcal. Recipe adapted from “The Tippling Bros. A Lime and a Shaker.” Ingredients 1½ oz. mezcal (Del Maguey Arroqueno Single Village Mezcal was used in this recipe) ¾ oz. ginger liqueur (Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur was used in this recipe) ¼ oz. fresh beet juice 2 drops hot sauce (El Yucateco Chipotle Hot Sauce was used in this recipe) 1 chip, for garnish (a Terra Chip was used in this recipe) Preparation Stir all ingredients together with ice in an Old-Fashioned glass. Garnish with a chip.
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Los Hermanos A Tippling Bros. classic. Recipe adapted from “The Tippling Bros. A Lime and a Shaker.” 2 oz. mezcal (Vago Tobalá Mezcal was used in this recipe) 2 oz. passion fruit purée ¾ oz. agave nectar ½ oz. lime juice 2 drops hot sauce (El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce was used in this recipe) equal parts salt and pepper, mixed 1 mint sprig, for garnish Preparation Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a double Old-Fashioned glass rimmed with the salt and pepper mixture. Garnish with a mint sprig.
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Dizzy Oaxacan Recipe adapted from “The Tippling Bros. A Lime and a Shaker.” Ingredients 1½ oz. mezcal (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal was used in this recipe) ¾ oz. amaro (Averna or Lucano recommended) 1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice ¾ oz. ginger liqueur (Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur was used in this recipe) 2 drops hot sauce (El Yucateco Red Habanero Sauce was used in this recipe) 2 oz. club soda 1 grapefruit slice, for garnish Chile powder, for garnish Preparation Add all ingredients, except soda, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a tall glass. Fill with soda and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit slice and a dusting of chile powder.
(Courtesy of Tad Carducci)

Beyond the Margarita: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with 6 Tasty New Cocktails

What if we told you that it was perfectly acceptable to not drink a margarita on Cinco de Mayo? (And no, we haven’t been hitting the Dos Equis bottle in the a.m.) RECIPE: Think We're Wrong? Check Out These 11 New Margarita Recipes While the beloved concoction is an all-time classic, it's sometimes tiresome to celebrate this festive holiday with yet another margarita. Instead, we recommend that you enjoy the best Mexican spirits in other cocktails that showcase smooth tequila and smoky mezcal. It is possible to make thirst-quenching cocktails with fresh ingredients like a pro — and it will put that lukewarm beer to shame. Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay, also known as The Tippling Bros. — or two of the beverage industry’s most sought-after consultants and educators — have teamed up with spirit-recommendation app Distiller to develop six delectable drinks you should be sipping this Cinco. These luscious cocktails range from sweet to salty, highlight ingredients that are easily accessible, and, more importantly — are downright delicious. READ: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Tequila Spread out the guac and chips and host your very own happy hour this evening (or any night for that matter), but be sure to shake things up with some of the tastiest tequila cocktails you haven’t yet tried:

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