5 Mexican Cocktails To Enjoy At Home During Día De Los Muertos
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5 Mexican Cocktails To Enjoy At Home During Día De Los Muertos

Mexico , Mexico City , Mexico
Leah Freeman-Haskin
Leah Freeman-Haskin Oct 27, 2020

Any reason to celebrate is a good one these days. With Día de los Muertos starting this weekend, it’s a good excuse to grab a cocktail inspired by the flavors of Mexico and learn about this day of remembrance and celebration for those we have lost.  

1. Michelada

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This spicy beverage is incredibly easy to make. Simply, start by filling each glass with ice. In a small pitcher, combine hot sauce, Maggi seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and lime juice. Add beer, and then pour into glasses over ice. You can add salt to the rim for an extra kick.

Ingredients:

Coarse salt

Lime wedges

Ice cubes

6 dashes hot sauce, such as Valentina or Tabasco

3 dashes Maggi seasoning or soy sauce

1 to 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce

1/4 to 1/3 cup lime juice

1 bottle (12 ounces) beer, such as Corona, Modelo or Tecate

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2. Paloma

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Refreshing and simple, the Paloma is a summertime favorite, but should really be enjoyed any time of year. Grab a highball glass and fill it with ice, tequila, and lime juice. Top off your cocktail with soda and a lime garnish for a classy finish.

Ingredients:

Dash salt

1-1/2 ounces tequila

1/2 ounce lime juice

1/2 cup grapefruit soda or sparkling peach citrus soda

Lime wedge

3. Horchata

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The Horchata is a thick and creamy drink that pairs well with dessert and good company. The process to make the Horchata is much more involved than the other cocktails on this list and requires a blender and double-layered cheesecloth. Add rum for a cocktail or keep it virgin for a sweet treat. Check out this recipe from tasteofhome.com to get started.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice

2 cups blanched almonds

1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)

1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest

4 cups hot water

1 cup sugar

1 cup cold water

Ground cinnamon, optional

Lime slices, optional

Directions:

Place rice in a blender and process for 2-3 minutes or until very fine. Transfer to a large bowl; add almonds, cinnamon stick, lime zest and hot water. Let stand, covered, at room temperature for 8 hours.

Discard cinnamon stick. Transfer rice mixture to a blender; cover and process 3-4 minutes or until smooth. Add sugar; process until sugar is dissolved.

Place a strainer over a pitcher; line with double-layered cheesecloth. Pour rice mixture over cheesecloth; using a ladle, press mixture through strainer.

Stir in cold water. Serve over ice. If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with lime.

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4. Margarita

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The prefect lime Margarita is a great addition to any celebration. Simply combine the first five ingredients below into a glass over crushed ice. If desired, you can salt the rims by first wetting the rims of the glass with lime juice and dipping them in salt.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup tequila

1/4 cup Triple Sec

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons superfine sugar

4 lime wedges

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1-1/3 cups crushed ice

5. The Rosada

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This cocktail was inspired by the Paloma, but uses grapefruit juice in addition to lime juice. Mix all of the ingredients and shake or stir together. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and/or grapefruit peel. Salud!

Ingredients:

1 oz rosemary simple syrup

1.75 oz tequila

.50 oz lime juice

2.75 oz grapefruit juice, strained