Most people don't know that Cinco de Mayo commemorates an important battle in Puebla, Mexico that helped the USA by blocking the French who were supporters of the confederacy (gracias Mexico). Thanks to our ability to turn any holiday into an all-out boozefest, Cinco de Mayo is also a welcomed opportunity to drink tequila (again, thanks Mexico), because any excuse to drink tequila is a good one.
Tequila is delicious, and when using a respectable 100% agave spirit, cocktails don't need much to complement the herbal, sweet, and spicy flavors. These simple three-ingredient drinks cover all the bases, from margaritas and agave-enhanced classics to nostalgic throwbacks like the Tequila Sunrise. Seriously, thank you Mexico.
This minimalist margarita is quickly becoming the margarita of choice thanks to its tart and crisp flavor that lets the tequila shine. There's no orange liqueur to worry about, just sweetener (simple syrup, honey, and agave all work well), fresh lime juice, and a good blanco or reposado tequila. If you only learn to make one cocktail, it should be this dangerously good party starter.
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice (don't use bottled, just squeeze a lime, it's not hard)
- ½ ounce agave syrup
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice, shake to chill, and strain over fresh ice. Salt garnish optional.