These Easy Cocktails Work for Both Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day
Regardless of what you’re celebrating, this weekend calls for smooth sipping, refreshing beverages.
What a day, what a day. Beyond providing a punny excuse for fans everywhere to party while dressed like Star Wars characters, today is the eve of two of the most beloved springtime occasions to (festively!) imbibe in the U.S.: Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. Because the 144th annual Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs overlaps with Cinco de Mayo this year, many have dubbed May 5, 2018 as Cinco de Derby. (Let’s just not dwell on the fact that this makes no literal sense for the sake of accepting that really, we’re all just looking for reasons to get excited and celebrate… and adding a thematic layer to food and drink truly helps to meet that end.)
That being the case, the folks at Tres Agaves Tequila mixed up two super simple Cinco de Derby minded cocktails that are too good not to share. Both tequila-based cocktails feature fresh mint as a nod to the classic Derby Day drink and are quite easy to mix up. So whatever you’re celebrating this weekend—even if it’s simply the immaculate spring weather—I vote you treat yourself to doing so with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Cheers!
Tequila Black and Blue
Created by Niccole Trzaska, Drinks by Niccole
- 1 1/2 parts blanco tequila (such as Tres Agaves)
- 5 large, ripe blackberries
- 10 fresh mint leaves, muddled
- 3/4 parts dark brown sugar simple syrup
- 3/4 parts fresh lime juice
In a cocktail shaker add mint, black berries and Sugar syrup ingredients and muddle until liquified. Add all ingredients and ice, shake vigorously. Double strain over crushed ice and serve in a tall or fluted glass.
Garnish with a mint sprig and a few blackberries.
- 2 parts blanco tequila (such as Tres Agaves)
- 3/4 part agave nectar (such as Tres Agaves)
- 1 lime, squeezed
- 2 sprigs of fresh mint
- 1/2 lemon, squeezed
- 1/2 orange, squeezed
- 1-2 part filtered water
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.