Cocktails & Spirits

Miami's Five Best Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

La Catrina
La Catrina Courtesy of Tacology

Cinco de Mayo (AKA Cinco de Drinko) is only days away, and Miami bars are ready to party. This year, skip the predictable margarita and opt for something more creative.

From spiked horchata to a serrano mezcalita with a crushed grasshopper rim, here are five of Miami's best Cinco de Mayo cocktails. So grab your sombrero and acute sense of Mexican history and make your way to the bar.
click to enlarge La Catrina - COURTESY OF TACOLOGY
La Catrina
Courtesy of Tacology
1. Tacology's La Catrina. A boozy interpretation of the classic horchata, La Catrina ($13) is a concoction of rum, coconut purée, and horchata delivered inside a hand-painted sugar skull garnished with cinnamon sticks. Don't miss the restaurant's early Cinco de Mayo happy hour from 1 to 2 p.m. for complimentary beer, margaritas, and mezcal shots. 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-347-5368; tacology.us
click to enlarge Golden Margarita - COURTESY OF CANTINA LA VIENTE
Golden Margarita
Courtesy of Cantina La Viente
2. Cantina La Veinte's golden margarita. Spend the holiday slurping some golden margaritas ($20) on a lush patio with views of Biscayne Bay. This not-so-average margarita is an elaborate blend of Allaire tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime, and gold dust. It's the perfect accessory for a celebration. Pair your luxurious cocktail with a cantina-style appetizer for a delicious Mexican combo. 495 Brickell Ave., Miami; 786-623-6135; cantinala20.com.
click to enlarge COURTESY OF THE CONFIDANTE MIAMI BEACH
Courtesy of The Confidante Miami Beach
3. The Confidante's pineapple pops and margaritas. The posh Miami Beach hotel and Wynwood's Cielito Artisan Pops have joined forces to offer a boozy, refreshing pairing. Juicy pineapple pops ($5.50), speckled with jalapeños and Tajín, transforms the basic cocktail into a complex creation. Spicy and sweet meet head-on in this Instagram-worthy riff on a pineapple margarita. While plunging popsicles, nosh away on rich blue cheese guacamole from Bird & Bone's backyard menu ($9). 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-424-1234; theconfidantemiamibeach.com.
click to enlarge The Tart - COURTESY OF 222 TACO
The Tart
Courtesy of 222 Taco
4. 222 Taco's Tart. Nestled in the heart of North Bay Village, 222 devotes its menu to Cali-style Mexican food and specialty drinks. Chill out with the refreshing Tart. A flavorful trio of freshly squeezed juices is shaken with Maestro Dobel Diamonte tequila ($12). The mandarin-and-lime-rich libation, rimmed with black salt, is a refined mélange of sour flavors with hints of sweet agave. 1624 79th St. Cswy., North Bay Village; 833-222-8226; 222ta.co.
click to enlarge Serrano Mezcalito - COURTESY OF MELINDA'S
Serrano Mezcalito
Courtesy of Melinda's
5. Melinda's Serrano Mexcalita. The cavernous haunt serves thoughtful mezcal libations alongside gourmet nachos. Smoky notes from El Tinieblo's joven mezcal blend smoothly with serrano pepper and lime, making the Serrano Mexcalita ($5) a mature alternative to the beloved margarita. Staying true to Mexican tradition, the feverish mezcal-based drink is rimmed with grasshopper salt. Nothing soothes serrano heat like cheesy munchies. Finish off the late night with house-made nachos — homemade tortillas layered with beer-infused queso and served with all the usual fixings for $5. 2826 N. Miami Ave; 305-456-5918; electricpicklemiami.com.
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Attorney by day, foodie by night, Elena Vivas is a regular food and beverage contributor for Miami New Times. She was also an expert columnist for Foodable TV and a food editor for tropicult.com.
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