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5 Authentic Mexican Drinks for Cinco de Mayo

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5 Authentic Mexican Drinks for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, a significant celebration in Mexico, marks the country’s triumph over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This battle was a turning point in Mexican history, symbolizing the resilience and determination of the Mexican people. This cultural event has transcended borders and time and evolved into a day of joy and festivity for Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and Americans alike. We honor the Battle of Puebla with drinks, delectable cuisine, music, and fun for the entire family. In the United States, we embrace and celebrate Mexican culture on Cinco de Mayo by patronizing Mexican-owned businesses, savoring authentic Mexican food, and hosting gatherings to revel in this vibrant heritage. 

When planning your Cinco de Mayo drink menu, remember it’s not just about Margaritas. While they are undeniably delicious, they are just one of Mexico’s many iconic beverages. This year, we’re introducing you to five Mexican beverages that will add an authentic flavor to your menu. You’ll find something for every family member, even the little ones. 

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Aguas Frescas

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First on our list is a classic Mexican drink found in every corner of Mexico. These drinks are not only easy to make and perfect for every family member, but they also offer numerous health benefits. Aguas Frescas are traditional Mexican beverages crafted from fruits and flowers like tamarind, hibiscus, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, and jamaica. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them a healthy choice for hydration. We’re sharing a favorite recipe from Mexican American all-natural food blogger Alexa Soto, who specializes in creating authentic Mexican vegan recipes. Many may not be aware, but many Mexican recipes are all-natural and vegan. Aguas Frescas are a staple in any Mexican household and are the ideal refreshment for a warm summer day. 

Horchata

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Next on the list is Horchata. Horchata is a popular Mexican drink that originated in North Africa, was brought to Spain, and has now become a staple in Mexico and the United States. It is quick and easy to make. It’s just as refreshing as aguas frescas, but this drink is rice-based. While not traditionally dairy-free, we’re sharing one of our favorite recipes from Latina food blogger Adrianna Adarme and her blog, A Cozy Kitchen. 

This recipe has everything you’ll need to make a delicious dairy-free horchata. This Cinco de Mayo, with ingredients like ice, toasted almonds, brown sugar, and vanilla, will surely be a hit. 

Margaritas

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Margaritas said to have been invented in Tijuana in 1938, have become a classic Cinco de Mayo drink for anyone looking to celebrate with a cocktail. While lime is the classic margarita flavor, drink lovers might find it fun to experiment with other classic Mexican flavors such as tamarind, pineapple, or jalapeño. The great thing about margaritas is that they are simple to make with tequila, the juice of choice (often lime if that’s what you prefer), salt for the rim, and finish with a lemon wedge. For those who prefer non-alcoholic versions, replace the tequila with sparkling water or a citrus-flavored soda. This is a straightforward recipe, but a quick search online will offer many options for anyone looking to mix it up. 

Paloma

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Another traditional cocktail from Mexico is a Paloma. Palomas are the perfect mix of sweet, bitter, and bubbles for anyone who loves a good drink. This cocktail has a rich history, believed to have been created in the mid-20th century and gaining popularity as a refreshing summer drink. Made with grapefruit soda, tequila, and a squeeze of lime, it’s a simple yet delicious option for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. 

Michelada

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Lastly, the Michelada, a classic Mexican beverage, is the perfect summer drink and addition to your Cinco de Mayo drink menu. It is a popular choice for those looking for a refreshing and savory drink. Isabel Eats, a blog sharing authentic Mexican recipes by Mexican food blogger Isabel Orozco-Moore, has a delicious recipe. This recipe uses tomato juice, beer, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and hot sauce. 

We’re excited to start the celebrations this weekend and celebrate Mexico’s rich culture with our refreshing and delicious drinks.

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