Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday this year, so you know what that means: You can drink recklessly without the consequence of a weekday hangover. Also, you can take the time to responsibly invite a couple of friends over for drinks or even throw a genuine Cinco de Drinko bash. (Just not a Mexican-themed one where guests are encouraged to show up as maids and construction workers. Please. You're better than that.) Either way, tequila will and should be involved.
The go-to drink of choice for the holiday is usually, naturally, the classic margarita. And we’re not here to shit on them. Heck, we’re not here to shit on cocktails of any kind. Alcohol in any capacity is a narrative of which we would like to always be a part. We’re just saying, it doesn’t hurt, sometimes, to venture outside of the typical tequila, triple sec, and lime juice trifecta.
Like, have you ever thought about incorporating an avocado in your cocktail? Some Earl Grey tea? Some turmeric? Yeah, we hadn't either until we polled some bartenders for some margarita-inspired recipes. You can have your classic, but consider shaking these up, also.
Sophie Bratt, OXO
“The deep, floral flavor of Earl Grey is the perfect accompaniment to the unique addition of green peas. Inspired by the loveliness of London, this classy and modern cocktail is anything but garden variety."
English Garden Margarita
1 sugar snap pea
1 mint sprig
.5 oz. Earl Grey tea syrup
1.5 oz. Patrón Silver
.5 oz. Patrón Citrónge Orange
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
.5 oz. apricot liqueur
3 drops orange flower water
In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the sugar snap pea and mint sprig with Earl Grey tea syrup, which you can create by combining simple syrup with hot water and five tea bags. Add the remaining liquid ingredients to the cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake vigorously. Use a fine strainer to strain into a glass.