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Who doesn’t love a margarita?
And who doesn’t love a margarita that we can pretend is healthy — it features antioxidant-packed pomegranate juice, after all!
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and of course we’ve got a whole group of great suggestions for delicious margarita options in our special section on how to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But this pomegranate margarita holds a special place in our hearts. And who doesn’t love a margarita that we can pretend is healthy — it features antioxidant-packed pomegranate juice, after all!
In truth, our Easy Pomegranate Margarita isn’t exactly a health drink, but our version is significantly better for you than a margarita from a mix — or from most restaurants. Margarita mixes are typically full of high fructose corn syrup, but this recipe contains no added sugar at all — all of the sweetness comes naturally from the pomegranate juice.
Serve our Easy Pomegranate Margarita by the pitcher for a big Cinco de Mayo get-together, or pour them one at a time for you and a friend. Just as a blood orange is just a little bit better than a regular orange because it’s just a tiny bit unexpected, a pomegranate margarita is just a little bit more exciting than a regular lime one.
Click here for our Easy Pomegranate Margarita Recipe.
There are thousands of delicious cocktails for every occasion and season of the year. As the weather warms and Cinco de Mayo approaches, there’s not better go-to cocktail than the margarita. Like many timeless classic cocktails, we’ve thrown together more than a few with our own Quady flare added. Here are our top five Quady wine infused margarita cocktail recipes to try in time for Cinco de Mayo! One of the best parts is that all of these recipes are easy to make and include ingredients you can find at your neighborhood grocery store.
Whether you're a cork dork or a beer fanatic, nothing beats a margarita on Cinco de Mayo!
Here are five takes on the classic concoction from BevMo's cocktail experts:
Rub rim of a chilled margarita glass with the lime wedge. Dip into salt to coat. Combine tequila and margarita mix in a shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
CUERVO GOLDEN MARGARITA
Rub rim of a chilled margarita glass with the lime wedge. Dip into salt to coat. Combine tequila, Grand Marnier and margarita mix in a shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
POMEGRANATE LIME MARTINI
Rub rim of a chilled martini glass with the lime wedge. Dip into salt to coat. Combine tequila, Grand Marnier and margarita mix in a shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or lemon wheel.
Add tequila and grapefruit soda in salt-rimmed, ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Fill a high-ball or rocks glass with ice. Add tequila, cranberry juice, lime juice, simple syrup. Stir gently. Top with splash of ginger ale. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Although Redondo Beach doesn't have a BevMo! in town, there are two in Torrance—one at 21301 Hawthorne Blvd. and the other at 2533-A Pacific Coast Hwy. Residents can also probably find the ingredients at .
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From fresh salsas, to margs, to guac, all your event faves are made up. Plus, tamale pies, enchiladas, and also cheesy bakes that will certainly feed a crowd. For even more party-ready ideas, have a look at our complete Cinco de Mayo celebration overview.
Some of these margarita recipes call for a sweetener. While you can vary your sweetener depending on the flavor of margarita, one solid go-to sweetener is the simple syrup.
The process is very simple, hence the name.
However, if you do make some mistakes: say — just for example — you pour the simple syrup into a faulty tupperware with a crack in the bottom, and that syrup leaks through the crack onto your Macbook on the counter, and now your Macbook tracker is busted and your entire kitchen is sticky no matter how many cleaning products you use or how many times you wash it…
Well — just be sure to take discretion when containing/bottling your simple syrup concoction so that doesn’t happen.
The following affordable tequilas are excellent mixing partners:
Dos Manos Blanco ($15): Dos Manos Blanco may not be a standout but it’s amazingly cheap considering that it’s triple-distilled and made with 100 percent blue agave. This tequila is relatively smooth and one of the best budget options.
Pueblo Viejo Blanco ($20): The one pick on our list that packs a little extra punch is Pueblo Viejo Blanco, a 100-proof tequila from the highlands of Jalisco. It’s a good choice for margaritas and other cocktails, but watch out — the extra alcohol can creep up on you.
El Jimador Blanco ($22): El Jimador Blanco a perfect choice for mixing, whether you're making margaritas, palomas or a spritzer. It’s an estate-grown and -bottled tequila that is a best seller in Mexico, although it's not the best choice for a neat drink.
Espolon Silver ($25): This award-winning tequila is quickly becoming a staple in tequila-based mixed drinks. It’s affordable, well packaged and boasts nice spicy notes. It’s smooth enough for many consumers to enjoy sipping straight, which is rare for such a modestly priced tequila.
Fresh fruit-infused cocktails you can easily make at home.
Americans love tequila—now, more than ever. Since 2002, volumes of the spirit have grown 158%. That’s an average climb of 6.1% year over year. In 2018 alone, according to the Distilled Spirits Council , 18.5 million 9-liter cases were sold in the US. Of course, no single holiday calls for agave spirit quite like Cinco De Mayo. The annual commemoration of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French Empire is typically observed with cocktail in hand.
Admittedly, an extended period of self-isolation doesn’t seem like the ideal time for celebration. But Neil Grosscup , CEO + Master Blender of Tanteo Tequila , offers a few creative workarounds. In New York City he launched Party in Place , a charitable margarita delivery service. For less than $7 per cocktail, you can enjoy a full margarita party delivered to your door by a local bartender. The package includes a full bottle of his liquor, artisanal mixers, garnishes and a bag of tortilla chips. For everyone else, Grosscup has this advise for the holiday:
A prerequisite to all of this, naturally, is a great bottle of tequila. Here are some fine examples broken down by categories of interest:
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In her book “Spirits of Latin America,” Ivy Mix explains why the margarita successfully embodied the 20th-century popularity of tequila as a cocktail ingredient, then became synonymous with bad premixed drinks, before being rescued by the great cocktail awakening of the 2000s.
“Unfortunately, like everything popular, it’s easily butchered. (I’m looking at you, sour mix and cheap tequila!),” she writes.
Mix, an internationally-beloved bartender and co-founder of the high-speed bartending competition Speedrack, brutally levels a critique of the worst parts of capitalism and shoddy practice.
Although unknown with certainty who and where exactly the classic margarita was created, it is agreed upon that it’s a Prohibition-era drink and certainly a variation of the pre-Prohibition drink called The Daisy, a mix of booze, citrus, and syrup. The gin version was very popular, as was one with brandy. The applejack version took the name Jack Rose, likely to keep the flower theme intact, while also possibly referring to an underworld celeb who used that handle as a contract killer. Early recipes for a Tequila Daisy, use tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and soda. Seems of interest here that the Spanish word for daisy is margarita.
In the 1990s when I was learning to drink better it was a fight to find a place willing to use fresh juice in cocktails. Oh, those sour mix days! I can still taste the citric acid in those cheap powdered mixes and remember the weak, fake sweeteners in sour mix off the soda gun.
At the time the bar owners argued it wasn’t cost effective to use fresh juice. That lie to cover up laziness has long been refuted, but for a time an enthusiast might need to trick the tender into making an actual margarita by putting a bit of orange liqueur into a full measure of tequila (100% blue agave, please) and just squeeze in a few lime wedges before giving it all a shake. We learned this move from local DJ and cocktail historian, Brother Cleve, who observed this style of making the drink on his frequent trips to Mexico. I copied it and put it on the cocktail menu at a local music venue where we weren’t allowed to use fresh juice as a workaround calling it the Margarita Actúal.
Who doesn’t love Cinco de Mayo? It’s a day dedicated to all our favorite Mexican foods: guac, tacos, enchiladas, salsa, flan, margaritas, and more. Whether you prefer the classic dishes or want to try something new, everything you need for your south-of-the-border spread is on this list.
This recipe is really three stand-alone dishes in one: an easy grilled chicken recipe you’ll put on repeat all summer long a creamy and spicy yet cooling green sauce and foolproof quinoa. The toppings are up to you – fresh corn, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, or whatever your heart desires. GET THE RECIPE
Unlike most salsas, which are raw, the vegetables in this recipe are roasted — intensifying the flavor of the tomatoes, mellowing the onions and garlic, and adding a light touch of smokiness. Warning: It’s highly addictive. GET THE RECIPE
My whole family loves these chicken enchiladas. They take a bit of time to make — but the good news is that you can make the sauce and filling ahead of time, and then assemble and bake the enchiladas later for a quick weeknight meal. GET THE RECIPE
While traditional guacamole is made with raw onions, this updated version is made with roasted garlic, which has just as much flavor and none of the unpleasant aftertaste. Always a crowd-pleaser! GET THE RECIPE
These are my kids’ all-time favorite tacos — they’re healthier than traditional beef tacos, and just as good, if not better. GET THE RECIPE
Skip the Velveeta: from-scratch queso is so much better! This version — made from fresh jalapeños, Cheddar and Pepper Jack — is rich, creamy and dangerously addictive. GET THE RECIPE
These fajitas are easy to make. All the prep is done ahead of time, so all that’s left to do at dinnertime is quickly grill the chicken. Plus, they’re so much fun! GET THE RECIPE
This make-ahead salad is one that everyone loves. Whether you serve it as a side dish, salad or dip, the bowl is always empty and the mouths are always full. GET THE RECIPE
This recipe was inspired by a black bean dip I had at a restaurant in Costa Rica. Given, it’ll never win a beauty contest — but it’s so flavorful, healthy and easy to make, you won’t care. GET THE RECIPE
AKA Margarita Chicken, this is one of those dishes that just screams fun. The marinade — a combination of tequila, lime, garlic and spices — is loaded with bright South-of-the-Border flavor. GET THE RECIPE
This dish is not really authentic — true Mexican rice is more complicated and time-consuming to make — but my kids claim it tastes just like the rice served at their favorite Mexican restaurant. GET THE RECIPE
Inspired by the delicious chicken tortilla soup served at Tommy Bahama Café, this silky purée of vegetables, corn tortillas, chicken broth and spices is hearty enough to serve as a meal. GET THE RECIPE
Crisp flour tortillas filled with gooey melted cheddar and shredded chicken in a smoky chipotle-tomato sauce — these are truly the ultimate quesadillas. The recipe is adapted from the website of Curtis Stone, one of my favorite chefs and cookbook authors. GET THE RECIPE
Popular in Latin America, Tres Leches Cake is a light and fluffy cake soaked with a mixture of three milks: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. In this version, rum is added to the soaking liquid and a simple rum-spiked dulce de leche glaze covers the cake. My husband calls it “heaven on earth.” GET THE RECIPE