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Cocktails to Celebrate
Cinco de Mayo

Tequila Expert and Milagro Brand Ambassador Jaime Salas, who grew up part-time in Mexico’s tequila producing region of Jalisco, has thoughtfully crafted four authentic cocktails using Milagro Tequila and Ancho Reyes, a chili liqueur from the city of Puebla made from their signature crop, the beloved ancho chile. Not only is Jaime a tequila expert and connoisseur, but he’s incredibly knowledgeable on the history of Cinco de Mayo as well as the celebration traditions and significance of tequila on the holiday.

May 5, 1862 marks victory for the Mexican Army over the occupying French forces in the Battle of Puebla, which is celebrated annually in Puebla as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla. Though there is limited recognition of the holiday in other parts of Mexico, it’s celebrated most-widely in the United States as Cinco de Mayo.

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Milagro Ancho Paloma - cinco de mayo cocktails

Milagro Ancho Paloma 

1 ½ parts Milagro Reposado

½ part Ancho Reyes

½ part Fresh Lime Juice

3 parts Grapefruit Soda

 Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of the glass and salt half of the rim. Add ice, Ancho Reyes, and grapefruit soda. Squeeze a wedge of lime and discard. Garnish with a thin grapefruit wheel.

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conquistador cocktail - cinco de mayo

Conquistador 

1 ½ parts Milagro Reposado

½ part Ancho Reyes

½ part Crème de Cacao

½ part Manzanilla Sherry

1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters

Chill coupe glass with ice and water and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until well chilled and diluted. Discard chilling ice from the coupe. Strain ingredients into chilled coupe. Using a vegetable peeler, remove a long piece of orange peel. Express the oil over the cocktail, rub the peel around the rim of the glass, and place atop the cocktail.

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Ancho Margarita ancho margarita - cinco de mayo cocktails

1 ½ parts Milagro Silver Tequila

¾ parts Ancho Reyes

1 part Fresh Lime Juice

½ part Agave Nectar

Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of an old fashioned glass, salt it, and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake, and double strain over fresh ice into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Ancho Old Fashioned old fashioned - cinco de mayo drink recipes

1 part Milagro Silver Tequila

1 part Ancho Reyes

¼ part Rich Simple Syrup

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 Angostura Orange Bitters

1 hand cut ice cube

Combine all ingredients in a mixing beaker. Add regular ice and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a double old fashioned glass over large hand cut ice block. Using a vegetable peeler, remove long orange and lemon peels. Express each over the top of the cocktail and rub them together around the rim of the glass. Roll peels together into a rosette and place atop the cocktail.