Five Ways to Cinco


This iconic Mexican holiday is a celebration over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.   (  Nowadays, just like St. Patrick’s Day, this holiday has become more a celebration of heritage and focused on partying.  There are numerous block parties throughout the United States every May fifth including Ann Arbor, Michigan, Chinatown, Hawaii, and Austin Texas, and it is no surprise that most will be pouring tequila.

From my experience working in a tequila bar, out of all the liquors it seems that one bad night with Jose Cuervo can scar some people for life.  If this is you, have no fear, I’ve come up with some inventive ways to bring a Latin flair to vodka and whiskey.  Instead of making a drink with the liquor of Mexico I have taken their herbs and love for spice and transformed them into delicious cocktails.



1 ½ oz Stoli Hot vodka

¼ oz simple syrup

2 lemon wedges

3 cilantro leaves (if big only use 2)

Club soda

Squeeze lemon wedges and throw into shaker.  Tear cilantro and add to shaker along with the vodka, ice and simple syrup.  Shake vigorously because you want to bruise the cilantro leaves.  Pour into a bucket* glass and top with club soda.

bucket glass

Note your glass doesn’t have to be an exact replica, the most important thing about your bucket glass is that it is somewhere between 10-12oz.


1 ½ oz jim beam

½ oz combier

1 oz lemon juice

¾ oz simple syrup

Dash angostura bitters

½ oz perfect purees chipotle sour

Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice.  You may choose to serve this drink on the rocks (with ice) or up (like a martini).  I recommend serving it with a lemon garnish regardless.  Come back tomorrow for more drinks inspired by Cinco de Mayo!


By Krystle Turkington


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