Cinco de Drinko: Tequila Drink Recipes for Your Cinco de Mayo Party

by Pamela

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Yes, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday (not one of those fancy government one’s where you get a day off from work) that celebrates the Mexican army’s defeat over the French Army in the state of Puebla. (For those of you who are geographically challenged…Puebla is a state in Mexico…not the US). But let’s face it, most people celebrate the day as Cinco de Drinko. These tequila recipes, and one beer recipe, should help you have a very happy Cinco de Drinko (aka Cinco de Mayo party).

It has been said that I have a love affair with tequila. And to those people who persist on spreading that rumor, I say “wow…you are quite the observant one aren’t you.” So yes, it’s true, I do like me some tequila. In case you haven’t noticed, I have written more than one or two tequila drink recipes here.

I thought that since this year’s Cinco de Mayo party could actually be held on the weekend, that I would pull together some of the most popular tequila drink recipes from the site and include a new one for you. I’m especially proud of this new margarita recipe because not only does it include tequila, but also a gets a smoky hit from some mezcal and a wave of the green fairy wand via some absinthe. And in case you thought all margarita recipes were bad for you…this one gets a bit of a ‘healthy’ boost from avocado. Help me make this phrase catch on: Avocados…they’re not just for guacamole anymore.

Cinco de Drinko Cocktail Recipes

In case your memory is as addled as mine, because I know it’s not possible that you missed these posts (because you’re that loyal of a reader) I will refresh your memory as to what these lovely cocktail recipes are and provide you the links so that none of your precious drinking time is wasted searching through all of the other fantastic recipes on my site (hey, I’m allowed to blow my own horn – stop it! Just stop it! I know where you mind was going).

Drink #1 was from a Christmas time post (notice the holiday colors of red and green…oh so festive). This tequila cocktail recipe would be equally at home on May 5th as it is on December 25th. And probably even better now since it’s actually the beginning of strawberry season.

Drink #2 doesn’t contain tequila (the official alcohol of the Cinco de Mayo party), but it could. This Bloody Beer, or the Michelada as it’s also called, is that cocktail for the non-cocktail drinker. If you’ve never had one, it’s like a bloody Mary that uses beer instead of vodka. But rim the glass with salt and pop a lime wedge on there and you won’t need to buy any different garnishes.

Coming in at #3 (and no, these are not numbered based on their popularity…if that was the case, this would be #1) are the margarita jell-o shots. You know, sometimes you just want to be a little bit different. These will take you right back to your college days of sucking down jell-o shots at the bar, except these taste a whole lot better!

And rounding out the group, at #4, is a tequila cocktail I like to call the tequila breeze. Tequila mixed with orange, grapefruit and pomegranate juice is my take on the infamous sea breeze and bay breeze cocktails.

But the new margarita recipe I have for you today is something really different, but in a good way. Not different, like when your mom would tell you that her best friend was coming over and bringing that “cute” son of hers for you to play with. Sure, he might be a little different, but he really likes you. Yeah, he’s different all right. He wears glasses so thick his eyes look like they take up 3/4 of his face, he wears the headgear for his braces 24/7 because he thinks it looks cool and the only TV he watches is Star Trek and Babylon 5. Oh yeah, and he likes you so much that he follows you around everywhere you go, including trying to follow you into the bathroom where you go to escape him. This avocado margarita isn’t that kind of different.


Avocado recipes usually require the fruit to be served in either a bowl or on a plate. Sometimes it gets upgraded to glassware serving, but usually only when it’s a part of a ceviche recipe. For this recipe, the avocado gets top billing and is definitely the star of the glass – just look at that color.

You won’t be confusing this avocado cocktail with some kind of veggie drink…it’s definitely an alcohol filled cocktail, but the avocado gives it a richness and a slight bit of sweetness. The grapefruit combined with the avocado is a pairing as natural as Fred and Ginger. These two ingredients are commonly found in salads together, so why not put them together in a cocktail?

If you’re looking for some food ideas, for your Cinco de Mayo party, you can check out some of my other Mexican food recipes (including some more traditional avocado recipes) for some killer machaca, carnitas or stuffed chile’s. Oh, and you’ll probably find a couple more tequila recipes in there too. Remember, I really like tequila.

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Recipe: Avocado Margarita Recipe

Summary: Makes 1 large or 2 small cocktails


  • 2 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice (I used a ruby red grapefruit)
  • 3/4 Ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 1/2 Ounces Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 Ounce Mezcal
  • 1/4 Ounce Absinthe
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • 10 Fresh Tarragon Leaves
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Avocado
  • Ice
  • Maldon Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Place first 8 ingredients into the blender.
  2. Add some ice (I added about 1/2 cup of ice cubes-not much, because you just want to use the ice to thin everything down a little. This really isn’t a frozen drink. But you could add more ice if you want to turn this into a frozen margarita.)
  3. Buzz until creamy.
  4. Pour into a well chilled glass.
  5. Top with a small handful of crushed ice.
  6. Sprinkle the ice with the sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper.
  7. Garnish with tarragon and a small yellow pepper ring.
  8. Serve.

Quick notes

I highly recommend using a high quality Mezcal. Trust me, there is a definite difference in the flavor.

You could also use fresh white grapefruit juice.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: Mexican


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