Three classic cocktails, Cinco de Mayo-fied

Get your Cinco de Mayo on, but keep the party going with more drinks at home.

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Three classic cocktails, Cinco de Mayo-fied

After you get a taste of Stilt House Brewery's Hell Yeah jalapeño lager or six Southern Brewing & Winemaking pepper-inflected beers, fuel up on tacos at Clementine Café's pop-up lunch and indulge along the St. Pete Grand Central District's 11-stop trolley tour, round out Cinco de Mayo with these variations on three beloved beverages.

Serrano-Spiced Paloma
Makes 1; Adapted from


Salt rim:
2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
Lime wedge

1 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon light agave nectar, or 1 teaspoon simple syrup
1 thinly sliced serrano pepper round
2 ounces grapefruit juice
2 ounces silver or blanco tequila
1 1/2 ounces club soda
Small grapefruit wedges, for garnish


Pour the sea salt onto a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and roll the edge of the glass onto the salt. Fill the prepared glass with ice.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the lime juice, agave nectar and one small slice of pepper. Fill the shaker with ice, and then pour in the grapefruit juice and tequila.

Put the lid on your shaker and shake until the mixture is thoroughly chilled. Pour the blend into the prepared glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Tequila Old-Fashioned
Makes 1; Adapted from


1 teaspoon agave nectar
2 orange slices, plus a peel for garnish
3 ounces reposado tequila
1-2 dashes bitters


Muddle agave and orange slices in a cocktail shaker; add tequila and ice. Stir until chilled and strain into an old-fashioned glass with ice. Add bitters and garnish with orange peel.

Mexican Mojito
Makes 1; Adapted from


3 mint sprigs
3 lime wedges
3 teaspoons sugar
6 ounces ice cubes
1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila
2 ounces sparkling water
1 ounce lemon-lime soda
Lime slice and mint sprig, for garnish


In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, muddle the mint sprigs, lime and sugar. Incorporate the ice and tequila. Cap tightly, shake vigorously and pour into a 12-ounce glass.

Top the glass with sparkling water and add in the lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a mint spring and slice of lime.

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