Drink Recipes: 5 Margarita Alternatives for Cinco de Mayo Sipping

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Margaritas, be warned, you have stiff competition in the drink department this year on Cinco de Mayo. Don’t get us wrong — a margarita with a salted rim can be the perfect drink on a hot day, but why not branch out this year during your Cinco celebrations? To keep you on theme, but off margaritas, here are five drink recipes.

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1. Chavela

A beer-based cocktail that can be made extra boozy with the addition of tequila, a chavela is the simple, spicy drink you need on Cinco de Mayo. Follow this recipe from Saveur and start sipping.


  • lemon wedge
  • kosher salt, for rimming the glass
  • 3 ounces tomato juice
  • 6 dashes hot sauce, like Tabasco or Cholula
  • 12-ounce bottle light-bodied Mexican beer, like Corona
  • 1.5 ounces tequila (optional)

Directions: Rub the lemon wedge around the rim of a glass; reserve the lemon wedge. Pour some sea salt out onto a plate, and rub the rim of the glass in the salt to coat. Fill the glass with ice, add tomato juice, hot sauce, and beer to fill. Drop in the lemon wedge. Serve with a shot of tequila, if you like.

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