Ahh Cinco De Mayo. A day which, traditionally, those of us who LOVE tequila, tacos, agave and al pastor use an obscure military battle (which no-one in Mexico celebrates) to justify a day of drinking & dining on all things Mexican. However, this year the day not only falls on a Saturday but also over a Bank Holiday Weekend, making the UK a surprise candidate for the best place to celebrate. In honour of the occasion, we’ve taken three of our favourite classic cocktails and given them an agave twist with our favourite tequilas and mezcals…
45ml Ocho Blanco
10ml Luxardo Maraschino
20ml Pink Grapefruit Juice
15ml Lime Juice
5ml Sugar Syrup
Our Mexican take on this Cuban classic - the Hemingway Daiquiri was created for the man himself at El Floridita in Havana, where he began his love affair with the classic drink. This twist came about when Hemingway asked for a Daiquiri made with half the sugar but double the booze. The bartenders then balanced the recipe with maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice. Legend has it that he loved it so much that he ordered a double… which lead to the cocktail’s nickname of Papa Doble.
We’ve twisted two of our favourites in honour of Cinco De Mayo - the Hemingway Daiquiri and the Paloma (tequila and grapefruit soda). Made with tart fresh pink grapefruit juice and sweet maraschino - this dry, bracing and amplified daiquiri cocktail is a delightful treat.
Combine all your ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Double strain (through a Hawthorne strainer and a fine strainer) into a martini glass or a coupette. Garnish with a circle of lime.
As Beyoncé famously said, I love it like XO. And as we say, coffee and tequila are a match made in heaven. So it makes sense that our next Cinco De Mayo twist would be an espresso martini made with Herradura Plata tequila instead of vodka (you could also try yours with Ocho Blanco or Don Julio) and Patrón XO Cafe instead of coffee liqueur.
The Espresso Martini is one of London’s most famous exports - created by cocktail guru, Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in the late ‘80s. Bartending Apocrypha goes that a young model, who is now world famous, asked him for something to “wake me up and f*ck me up” - and the frothy, bittersweet beverage that’s fuelled a million nights out was born.
Combine all your ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice (make sure you shake it hard so it gets nice and frothy). Strain with a Hawthorne strainer into a martini glass or a coupette. Garnish with coffee beans.
Ahh, the Negroni. A crowd pleaser. The bartender’s favourite plaything. How do we make you better? … By adding the spirit du jour, Mezcal of course. The smoky addition makes for an interesting take on the classic cocktail, which was created for Count Camillo Negroni in 1919 at Florence's Café Casoni who asked for an Americano, only stronger and named after himself - our kind of guy.
Stir your ingredients in a stirring glass with ice and stir until cold/diluted to taste. Garnish with a wedge of orange.
Give these a go at home over the long weekend and let us know how they go!
Salud, Cheers & Saluti.