Cinco de Mayo Equals Tequila Heaven for Alex Valencia, La Contenta

As we prepare for this Cinco de Mayo, we have just a little time left to plan on how we’ll treat ourselves tomorrow. We’re going to hustle up and squeeze a few more cocktail recipes in under the wire.

All drinks listed here were created by Alex Valencia of La Contenta, New York.

Mr. Agave & Ms. Tuna (top)

Ingredients:

2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco

6 drops of the tequila-infused with Habanero

¾ parts Lime Juice

½ part Prickly Pear Puree (such as boiron)

¾ parts Tres Agaves Agave Syrup

Directions: Add all ingredients in the shaker; add ice, shake and strain in coupe or martini glass.

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Jalisco Express

Ingredients:

2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco

¾ parts Lime Juice

¾ parts Tres Agaves Agave Syrup

1 slice of Jalapeno (no seeds)

2 Cucumber Slices

Pinch of basil (6-8 small leaves)

Directions: Place basil first, then Jalapeno and cucumber slices in shaker; add agave syrup and muddle. Add in rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake, double strain and serve over ice in lowball glass; garnish with a Tajin rim.

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El Gavilan

Ingredients:

2 parts Tres Agaves Reposado

½ part Grapefruit Juice

¾ parts Lime Juice

¾ parts Demarara Syrup

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Top with Mexican grapefruit soda

Directions: Add all ingredients except soda in the shaker; add ice, shake and strain over ice. Top off with Mexican soda and garnish with lime wheel; serve in highball glass.

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Vampiro

Ingredients:

1.5 parts Tres Agaves Tequila Reposado

5 parts Sangrita*

.5 parts Lime juice

Balance with grapefruit soda (squirt or Jarritos)

Directions: Build the drink in the glass by first putting the tequila in the glass, then add the sangrita mix and top off with grapefruit soda; stir ingredients together in highball glass and garnish with grapefruit wheel.

* How to Make the Sangrita:

Blend together the following ingredients:

  • Pinch of salt
  • Hot sauce
  • Orange juice (from 1 orange)
  • Lime juice (4 limes)
  • Grapefruit juice (2 grapefruits)
  • A touch of ground black pepper

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Tepache Kid

Ingredients:

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

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