Best Mexican Independence Day Drinks

Best Mexican Independence Day Drinks

by Stephanie Nolasco
09.15.2011

If you think Mexico’s only holiday worth celebrating is Cinco de Mayo then get ready to yell out un grito because there’s an even bigger holiday that’s happening this week. September 16th is officially Mexican Independence Day, a holiday to toast Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. During Mexican Independence Day, people fill the streets for a fiesta including colorful parades, bullfights, rodeos, fireworks, and plenty of drinking. While Mexican Independence Day is traditionally celebrated in Mexico, the U.S. has been honoring it for years in cities, such as Chicago, San Antonio, Denver, Phoenix, Houston, and Austin. Bars and restaurants all over the country serve traditional dishes with tequila to jumpstart the festivities. Today, you can pay tribute to Mexico’s freedom with a classic margarita, a sizzling hot cocktail, or a smooth shot.

Start your own fiesta tonighr with our best Mexican Independence Day drinks. Viva Mexico!


Top Mexican Independence Day Cocktail: Almeja

You’re probably wondering why any decent bartender would add salty tomato juice to a cocktail. It’s strangely delicious and really, would you prefer gulping down a worm at the end of a tequila bottle? Clamato juice, a spicy tomato cocktail, is often mixed with cerveza among the Mexican community. Not only does it transform beer from gold to caliente red, but it adds one picante kick without adding any jalepenos into the mix. If you want something to fire up your taste buds, but aren’t daring enough to sprinkle in some tabasco sauce, the Almeja will make your heart race and eyes water...but isn’t freedom to enjoy whatever you please worth fighting for?

Ingredients
1 oz. Reposado tequila (We used Cabo Wabo Tequila)
1 oz. Blanco tequila (We used Cabo Wabo Tequila)
1 oz. Clamato juice
1 Lime wheel

Preparation
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve over ice in a salt-rimmed rocks glass. Add lime wheel for garnish.


Top Mexican Independence Day Cocktail: Habanero

When a drink is named after the hottest chili pepper, then you know you’re in for a major scorcher. There’s nothing fruity or girly in this steamy number, it’s all about the heat and nothing more. Resposado tequila not only enhances the spiciness of the chili pepper to the max, but dry vermouth encapsulates all the flavors inside the glass, without masking its sweat-inducing warmth. Habanero will make you sizzle, but what a lovely way to burn.

Ingredients
2 oz. Reposado tequila (We used Cabo Wabo Tequila)
1 oz. Dry vermouth (We used Cinzano)
1 Habanero pepper

Preparation
Add ingredients to an ice-filled rocks glass.  Stir and add pepper.




Top Mexican Independence Day Cocktail: Lima

If you’re ready to cool down after a sip of Habanero, quench your thirst with an ice cold Lima, inspired by heat busting limeade. A mix of tangy and delicately sweet, limeade is a refreshing take on traditional lemonade, relying solely on limes for a pale emerald-hue tonic that can cool down temperatures faster than an AC. Limeade is extremely easy to prepare at home and always taste delicious when smooth Mexican lager is added. For the Lima cocktail, we used Pacifico Beer from Mexico as its golden honey notes blend perfectly with freshly squeezed lime juice. Plus, tequila is also included as it gives the body and taste of a Margarita without actually being one. It’s like celebrating Cinco de Mayo all over again, only better!

Ingredients
2 oz. Reposado tequila (We used Cabo Wabo Tequila)
1 oz. Frozen limeade
2 oz. Water
3 oz. Beer (We used Pacifico)
1 Lime wheel

Preparation
Mix all ingredients together and go heavy on the ice. Serve drink in a highball glass. Stir it and liven it up with a lime wheel.


Top Mexican Independence Day Cocktail: Gazpachito Shot

Tequila shots are famous for jumpstarting any fiesta and continue to remain supreme among tourists exploring Mexico’s nightlife. While you could just choose any tequila bottle for shooting, we prefer spicing things up. Surprise friends with this unique shot prepared with sherry, a fortified Spanish white wine known for its diverse elements ranging from roasted hazelnut to baked apple. In addition, tomato juice is included to give the Gazpachito Shot some salt with a rich texture that goes down smoother. However, with jalapenos soaked in, will you be daring enough to drink it all the way through? If you love the Spanish raw vegetable soup that the Gazpachito Shot was named after, then this challenge won’t be too small for you to tackle.

Ingredients
1 oz. Blanco tequila (We used Cabo Wabo Tequila)
1 ½ oz. Tomato juice
½ oz. Sherry
2 Slices of green or red jalapeño
1 Cucumber Spear

Preparation
Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled shot glass. Slam the shot and then eat the cucumber spear to finish.


Top Mexican Independence Day Cocktail: Margarita Independencia

According to legend, the classic Margarita was named after Hollywood film siren Rita Hayworth when she was dancing under her real name Margarita Cansino at a Mexican nightclub. Whether the story is true or not, there’s no denying that like the golden-era bombshell, Margaritas continues to remain famous among die-hard fans. As the most commonly known tequila-based cocktail, Margaritas are a must for any Mexican fiesta and can be modified to fit one’s preference in taste. Whether you prefer your Margarita with salt or simple syrup, this timeless drink will never go out of style and that’s something worth celebrating.

Ingredients
1 oz. Reposado tequila (We used Cabo Wabo Tequila)
1 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Southern Comfort
1 oz. Pineapple juice
1 Lime wedge

Preparation
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve over ice in a margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.


Top Mexican Independence Day Cocktail: Viva Mexico!

One of the biggest trends to come out of bars today is ginger beer and no, we’re not talking about the sickly sweet soda found in your local bodega. Like root beer, ginger beer isn’t alcoholic, but its zesty, invigorating flavor gives Margaritas a highly sought after edge, making it a popular ingredient in numerous Latin-inspired drinks. Since Mexican Independence Day is about honoring our past and future, we’re going to celebrate our goals and dreams with a modern number that’ll surely put a smile on anyone’s face. Transform your lifeless beverage into a delectable drink, all while honoring a culture that’s leading America’s future.

Ingredients
1 oz. Reposado tequila (We used Cabo Wabo Tequila)
1 oz. Ginger beer
1/2 oz. Lime juice.
1 Lime or lemon wedge

Preparation
Stir ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass.  Garnish with a lime or lemon wedge.


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