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This year, bars across America are taking their cocktail crafting skills beyond a classic Margarita and raising a glass to the victory at the Battle of Puebla with an authentic Mexican-inspired sip.

Add a twist to your drinks with the best culture-focused combination of these tequila drinks that will make your concoctions the perfect addition to any fiesta.

1. Hot Hands

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1 oz Cazadores Reposado

½ oz. chili infused Cazadores repo

½ grapefruit

¼ oz. lime

¼ oz. agave nectar

6-8 mint leaves

1 grapefruit peel

1 ½ oz. Martini and Rossi prosecco *bottom


Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Rim a chilled champagne flute with salt and pour prosecco into the glass. Fill shaker with ice and hard shake. Fine strain into the flute over the prosecco.

2. Sandia Slurpee

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1 ¾ oz. Cazadores Blanco

1 oz. watermelon puree

½ oz. Campari

½ oz Strawberry Syrup

Jalapeno salt rim


Combine all ingredients in a blender with ice. Blend and pour into a glass with a jalapeno salt rim. Watermelon puree: blend fresh watermelon, strain. Jalapeno salt: dehydrate jalapenos, finely chop and mix with Maldon sea salt

3. Latini

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2 oz. Cazadores Reposado

2 oz. Latini-syrup

1 oz. fresh lime juice

  • Latini Syrup Recipe

3 cups of water

2 cups of sugar

8 Guajillo or New Mexico dried chiles

1 pasilla chile

3 slices of orange

3 oz. fresh lime juice


In a saucepan, boil water, sugar, chile, orange slices for 15 minutes, cool and add lime juice, strain into a glass container. Keep refrigerated. Shake together all ingredients with ice and serve up with a Tajin rimmed martini glass.

4. Papaya Margarita

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1.5oz Cazadores Blanco

1oz Papaya Puree or fresh Papaya

1/2oz Lime juice

1/2oz Grapefruit Juice

1/4oz Agave Nectar

1/2oz Ancho Reyes


Build-in shaker with ice, shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain over ice in on Tajin Rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with Grapefruit or Papaya slice.

5. High Plains Margarita

High Plains Margarita
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1.5 oz Patrón

Silver.5 oz

Patrón Citrónge Orange

2 Slices charred pineapple

.25 oz Yuzu juice*

.5 oz Fresh lime juice

.25 oz Simple syruP

+ 4 Sage leaves, 2 for garnish

+ 2 dash Lime bitters

+ Slice charred pineapple for garnish

+ Chipotle salt rim**

*If Yuzu juice is not available, substitute 2 parts lemon juice: 1 part orange juice.

**Chipotle salt rim

.5 cup salt +

.75 tsp dried chipotle powder


Char 2 pineapple slices and reserve one slice. Combine two pieces of pineapple, 4 sage leaves, and simple syrup in shaker and muddle. Add remaining liquid ingredients and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Double strain onto fresh ice in a chipotle-salt rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of charred pineapple and two sage leaves.

6. Coralina Margarita

Coralina Margarita
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1.75 oz Patrón Reposado

.75 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange

.75 oz Simple syrup

1 oz Fresh lime juice

.5 oz Red Wine (Mexican, or other)

+ Sugar-salt rim*

*Sugar-salt rim:


Pulverize .25 cup dried hibiscus in a spice grinder. Add .25 cup sugar and .25 cup kosher salt and pulse until combined. Combine Patrón Reposado, Patrón Citrónge Orange, simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker tin; add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe rimmed with a sugar-salt rim.* Carefully float red wine on the surface of the cocktail and garnish with a lime wheel.

7. English Garden Margarita

English Garden Margarita
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1.5 oz Patrón Silver

.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange

.75 oz Fresh lemon juice

.5 oz Apricot liqueur

.5 oz Earl Grey tea syrup*

+ 3 Drops orange flower water

+ 2 Sugar snap peas, one for garnish

+ 2 Sprigs mint, one for garnish

+ Pumpkin oil and smoked salt rim

*Earl Grey tea syrup:


Combine simple syrup with hot water and 5 tea bags. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 sugar snap pea and 1 mint sprig with Earl Grey tea syrup.* Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker, along with 1 cracked sugar snap pea and 1 sprig of mint. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Use a fine strainer to strain into glass rimmed with pumpkin oil and smoked salt. Garnish with a mint sprig and sugar snap pea.

8. Tepache Kid

Tepache Kid
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2 parts Tres Agaves Añejo

1 part pineapple puree

1 part tamarind syrup (tamarind paste mixed with equal parts refined sugar and water)

2 dash angostura bitters


Pour all ingredients into the shaker with ice; shake and strain on the rocks and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

9. Angry-Rita

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4 oz Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

1 oz Blanco Tequila

0.5 oz Grenadine

0.5 oz Lime Juice

Dash of Angostura Bitters


Combine all ingredients except for cider in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour into a rocks glass with ice and top with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Garnish with a lime wheel.


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12 oz Dos Equis Lager

1/2 oz 1800 Silver Tequila

1/4 oz triple sec

2 oz sour mix

Coarse salt

Lime wedge for garnish



Combine tequila, triple sec, sour mix, and ice in a mixing glass and shake. Strain over fresh ice into a 16-oz. glass with a salted rim. For a frozen drink, blend with ice. Top off with Dos Equis Lager Especial. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy.

11. La Cazuelita

Red Bull Grapefruit Mocktail
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2 oz Guava Puree

1/2 oz Lime Juice

1/2 oz Lemon Juice

1 oz Orange Juice

6 oz Red Bull Summer Edition Grapefruit Twist

Lemon Wheel

Lime Wheel

Orange Wheel


In a glass, mix all ingredients together and add ice. Garnish with lemon, lime, and orange wheels.

12. Piña Limeade

RedBul lLimeade Mocktail
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1 oz Lime Juice

1/2 tsp Agave Nectar

4 oz Red Bull Lime Edition Sugarfree

3 Pineapple Slices

Pineapple Leaves


Muddle the pineapple slices. Add lime juice, agave nectar, and ice. Shake well and strain over a glass with ice. Add Red Bull Lime Edition Sugarfree. Garnish with pineapple leaves.

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