Happy Cinco de Mayo! While today may not actually be Mexico's true Independence Day (that's technically September 16), nobody can deny the holiday's popularity.
It's also, of course, one of the year's biggest drinking celebrations. And no party would be complete without a round of tasty Margaritas. The classic cocktail is a simple but ingenious balance of sweet, citrus and tequila.
From the traditional to the exotic, here are five of our favorite recipes for the festive drink. ¡Salud!
(And if you're looking for even more tequila cocktails, check out our other gallery.)
Once you taste this easy-to-make Margarita, you'll swear off bathtub-sized glasses of neon-green frozen slush forever. It’s the perfect mix of agave nectar, fresh lime juice and premium blue agave tequila. View recipe: Partida Margarita
Don't be fooled by the pink hue; this is no fruity wine cooler. The recipe pairs the intensely bitter Italian liqueur Campari with a rich, aged resposado tequila.View recipe: Campari Margarita
Make the summery Margarita even more refreshing with a few cucumber slices. The vegetable gives this drink a cooling sensation, perfect for a hot day.View recipe: Antiguo Refresco
Nobody knows for sure where the Margarita came from, but as cocktail historian and Liquor.com advisor David Wondrich points out, margarita is Spanish for "daisy," and the drink is suspiciously similar to a pre-Prohibition classic, the Brandy Daisy. Try Wondrich's old-timey recipe, which uses lemon instead of lime and adds a splash of club soda.View recipe: Tequila Daisy
Tequila shots and Margaritas are the two main Cinco de Mayo drinks, but why should you have to choose between the two? This cocktail shrinks the 'rita down to shootable size, though you can still sip it to savor the premium Don Julio spirit.View recipe: Agave Drop
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