Cinco de Mayo is the annual celebration commemorating Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The reason Cinco de Mayo started becoming popular in America involves an interesting history that, especially if you partake in the festivities, is important to take the time to get to know. According to this VinePair piece by Adam Teeter, a push for Mexican-American civil rights grew in the 1940s and ‘50s, and the Chicano movement formed in the 1960s, encouraging Mexican Americans to embrace their heritage. Cinco de Mayo was one impactful way to do so with a big celebration.
For better or worse, importers of Corona are behind the boost of Cinco de Mayo as a big drinking holiday for everyone, starting in the late ‘80s. Today, the timing of this celebration falling in the first week of May with all of its long-awaited warmth and sunshine makes Cinco de Mayo a much anticipated occasion for getting together with friends and kicking back. With the right knowledge of and respect for any day’s origins as well as its culture, we are all for happy, positive, convivial good times. Cinco de Mayo is indeed a perfect kick-off for spring and hot-on-its-heels summer, and it might be even more exciting than ever this year as vaccinations plus the ability to say “cheers” outdoors means safely gathering is a real possibility.
With that in mind, we can’t wait to dig into Mexican fare and raise a glass to this fun yearly tradition. While nothing says Cinco de Mayo like a great margarita or, yes, a Corona, we’re also leaning into the new traditions and boundless potential for creativity and fresh twists that 2021 offers. So, we’ve got a few ideas to expand your horizons this Cinco de Mayo, which are great if you don’t happen to love tequila or if you’re just looking to add some novel flair to your annual party plans.
Crook & Marker Lime Margarita Hard Seltzer
This is the OG Cinco de Mayo must-have, reimagined for our current, crushable drinking needs. Crook & Marker has brilliantly figured out how to take all the beloved, bright flavor of a margarita and conveniently can it as a crisp, bubbling seltzer, with no sugar and only 100 calories. It’s really nothing short of a margarita miracle. It’s also the first USDA organic canned margarita, with organic Blue Agave Tequilana, the main ingredient of tequila. This little can truly embraces the signature flavors of Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and is basically a dream for any revelers who are trying to stick to a bit of a healthful routine.
Basil Blueberry MAKKU Margarita
Another margarita option is to totally refresh the concept. MAKKU, the game-changing maker of makgeolli, has developed a super fun update on the iconic margarita. You unlock serious flavor potential by adding this modern update on a traditional Korean drink--makgeolli is an unfiltered rice beer that’s smooth, hazy, bubby, light, and just a little sweet. It brings those taste and mouthfeel elements to the margarita table for an irresistible new twist. In addition to an original flavor, MAKKU’s makgeolli also comes in blueberry, which is the base of this recipe.
- 4 oz. Blueberry MAKKU
- 4 oz. tequila
- ¼ cup fresh or frozen, slightly thawed, blueberries
- 3 tbsp. basil simple syrup*
- Sea salt for rim
Step 1: *Make basil simple syrup (yields one cup).
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves
- Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil while stirring. Simmer for one minute, then remove from heat. Let basil steep in syrup for 30 minutes, then strain. (Cooled syrup will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.)
Step 2: Place the blueberries in a cocktail shaker or mason jar with the basil simple syrup. Muddle the blueberries.
Step 3: Fill the shaker ⅔ full with ice.
Step 4: Add the Blueberry MAKKU and the tequila, and shake for at least 15 seconds.
Step 5: Dip the rims of two glasses in the basil simple syrup, then the sea salt.
Step 6: Add ice to the glasses.
Step 7: Strain the margarita into the glasses and enjoy!
Founders Brewing Mas Agave Premium Hard Seltzer
Maybe you’re not a tequila drinker. Maybe you’re trying to keep things a little lighter. Maybe you just really love the crisp refreshment of hard seltzer. Founders Brewing has the perfect way to indulge in the festive flavors of Cinco de Mayo, all in a nifty gluten-free, 4.5% ABV hard seltzer format. This bubbler shines with margarita-inspired ingredients, like blue agave nectar, cane sugar, real fruit juice, and a dash of sea salt. It’s sweet, it’s tart, it’s bright, and yeah, it’s a little salty, because a good seltzer should have just a hint of attitude. The Mas Agave is versatile in that it’s totally up for the party of May 5, but it’s also crushable for every day. It comes in flavors that capture classic restaurant margs, like lime, strawberry, and grapefruit.
SolSet Lime Zest Hard Seltzer
Another way to capture that rush of bright, sweet, tart, acidic lime, but with a side of health consciousness, is the Lime Zest Hard Seltzer from SolSet. This crisp, effervescent seltzer captures the flavor that makes tried-and-true margaritas sing and go-to lagers pop. It’s all lime, all the time, hitting on a taste that is quintessentially Cinco de Mayo yet a whole new take on clean and refreshing. The added bonus is that the Lime Zest seltzer is organic and made with SolSet’s electrolyte blend and antioxidant vitamin C. This is one way to celebrate while actually replenishing and rejuvenating your energy. Just thinking of all the moves you can bust out on the dance floor with this stuff.
TapRm Cinco de Mayo Variety Pack
The party has arrived and all your Cinco de Mayo imbibing game-changers have RSVP-ed yes. When you think about it, it just makes sense to have your seltzer and drink it, too, right? This is no time for decisions, it’s time for celebration! With the TapRm Cinco de Mayo Variety Pack, you can say, “Salud!” with whatever you’re in the mood for, and you can share with friends so there’s something for everyone. You’ll get:
Try them, share them, pair them with tacos, make cocktails with them--whatever you do, it’s a guaranteed good time.