Popular Cinco de Mayo Bottled Drinks and Cocktails

Cinco de Mayo (or in Spanish “Fifth of May”) is a yearly celebration commemorating Mexico’s victory over France in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Americans all across the country celebrate this holiday with fiestas, Mexican food, drinks and events. For those of you scouring  the internet for last minute ideas, look no further! Below is a list of some of our favorite Mexican drinks with recipes, pricing, tasting notes and even food pairing recommendations! So grab a bottle and a sombrero and get your fiesta on!

Most Popular Mexican Beers in America

Corona Beer

Mexico is known for their pristine white sand beaches, their crystal clear waters, tacos and sun, but they also make some pretty awesome cervezas too! Check out the 6 most popular Mexican beers in America below.  

Type

Size

Average Price

Tasting Notes

Pairings

Dos Equis

6pk 12oz bottles

$8.98

Flavorful and light, golden style pilsner with notes of malt and spice

Steak dishes, tacos and fajitas

6pk 12oz bottles

$9.72

Crisp and clean with notes of fruit, honey and hops

Pairs best with sand between your toes and ocean views but also goes well with ceviche and tortilla chips and salsa!

Pacifico

6pk 12oz bottles

$9.99

Light and refreshing with subtle floral notes followed by some grain and corn with a touch of salinity

Grilled shrimp, or Elote (Mexican corn)

Modelo

6pk 12oz bottles

$9.99

Rich, full flavored pilsner with herbal and honey notes

Drink with grilled chorizo

Tecate

6pk 12oz bottles

$9.89

Slightly bitter golden lager with a crisp, malty finish

Pair with nachos

Victoria

6 pk 12oz bottles

$11.99

Medium bodied Vienna-style lager with rich malty sweetness

Goes great with guacamole

Cocktails to Drink on Cinco de Mayo

Paloma: The National Drink of Mexico

paloma

If you haven't tried a Paloma, today is the perfect day to enjoy this ultra refreshing Mexican cocktail! With a simple recipe, slight effervescence and citrusy flavor, there is nothing we don't love about this beverage! 

Type

Ingredients

Method

Garnish

Classic Paloma


  • 2oz tequila
  • grapefruit soda 

Combine ingredients in Collins glass with ice.

Grapefruit peel or wedge

and salt rim

Paloma Variation 

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • .5oz lime juice
  • .25oz agave
  • club soda

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass. Top with club soda.

Grapefruit peel or wedge

and salt rim

Margarita: One of the World’s Most Popular Cocktails

margarita

And with good reason! Margaritas are super simple to make with literally hundreds of variations available. Below we have a list of recipes from classic to a few of our favorite adaptations. There’s really only one rule when it comes to crafting cocktails and that’s balance. If you follow this simple recipe you can change out any of the ingredients for different flavors. 

A cocktail is simply spirit + sugar + water + bitters. You’ll want to keep the ratios basically the same, but change out different components for desired flavors. Try subbing mezcal for tequila for a smokey version. Like a little spice? Infuse the tequila with jalapeños or muddle them in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. Get funky with fruit. Toss ingredients in a blender with some ice and watermelon or mango for a frozen delight. Craving a little salt or sugar? Add some to the rim! 

margarita

There are also so many options when it comes to serving and garnishing. You can serve a margarita straight or without ice. It can be shaken and poured over fresh or infused ice. It can be blended with ice and served frozen. 

As you can see, the possibilities are endless! Try these recipes or get creative and mix your own! Either way, just remember to have fun! Salud!

Type

Ingredients

Method

Garnish

Classic Margarita


  • 2oz tequila
  • .75oz triple sec
  • .75oz lime juice
  • .5oz agave 

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass.

Lime wedge

Optional: sugar or salt rim

Frozen Strawberry

  • 2oz tequila
  • .75oz triple sec
  • .75oz lime juice
  • .5oz agave 
  • 5 strawberries 

Combine all ingredients with ice in blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy

Strawberry or lime wedge

Ginger Margarita

  • 2oz tequila
  • .75oz ginger liqueur
  • .75oz lime juice
  • .5oz agave  

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass.

Lime wheel and candied ginger

Blackberry Margarita

  • 2oz tequila
  • .75oz triple sec
  • .75oz lime juice
  • .5oz agave 
  • 5 blackberries

Muddle blackberries in shaker. Add other ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain over ice.

Fresh blackberries and lime wheel

Prickly Pear Margarita

  • 2oz tequila
  • .75oz prickly pear liqueur
  • .75oz lime juice
  • .5oz agave 

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass.

Pear slice or lime wedge

Non-Alcoholic Bottled Mexican Drinks

Jarritos Soda

Founded in 1950 by Don Fransisco “El Güero” Hill, Jarritos is an all natural soda flavored with fruit juice. Jarritos began exporting to the United States in 1988 where it quickly became the top selling Mexican soda in Hispanic markets. Fun facts: Their flavors were originally not labeled. Consumers just knew the flavor by the color of liquid inside the bottle. The name Jarritos means “goat shoes” in German and “little jugs” in Spanish. (Aquas frescas were originally served in clay jugs to keep them cooler in the Mexican heat.) There are currently 14 flavors available. 

Topo Chico

This brand of sparkling mineral water is bottled in Monterrey, Mexico since 1985. Topo Chico is widely available in several flavors and is known for it’s legendary crisp clean taste.  

Mexican Coke

Okay, if you’re a fan of carbonated sodas and haven’t yet tried a Mexican Coca-Cola, you must go get one! Mexican Coke or “Mexicoke” is produced and imported from Mexico. The major difference is that it is sweetened with real sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup and boy does this make a difference. Once I tried the real deal, I cannot go back! You can readily find the product in most local groceries for around $6 per 4 pack of 12 oz  glass bottles but they are often available cheaper if you buy the cans in bulk. 

Type

Size

Average

Price

Flavors Available

Jarritos Soda

12pk 12.5oz bottles

$10.86

Jamaican, Mexican Cola, Grapefruit, Tamarind, Strawberry, Mandarine, Lime, Guava, Fruit Punch, Passion Fruit, Manzana, Lemon Lime, Watermelon, Mango and Pineapple

Topo Chico 

4pk 12oz bottles

$4.78

Original Mineral Water, Twist of Lime, Twist of Grapefruit, Twist of Tangerine

Mexican Coke

4pk 12oz bottles

$5.99

Coca Cola

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