Spicy grapefruit margarita cocktail garnished with lime and jalapenos

3 Different Cinco De Mayo Cocktail Recipes

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Contrary to what you may have heard, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. Rather, it is a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. And, other than in Puebla itself, it isn’t considered a major holiday in Mexico.1

Why are we supplying you with this minor history lesson? To equip you with a fun factoid you can tell your friends while sipping Cinco de Mayo cocktails with alcohol ice pops, of course.

If you’re planning on celebrating this Cinco de Mayo, you’ll need more than just Mexican history fun facts. To ensure you have the best party possible, you also need some delicious Cinco de Mayo cocktail recipes. Thankfully we’ve got three of our favorite Cinco de Mayo drinks lined up. So grab your SLIQ Spirited Ice frozen cocktail pops and let’s jump into some cocktail recipes that will make your Cinco de Mayo party a hit.

#1 Oaxacan Old Fashioned

The Oaxacan Old Fashioned is for those looking for a slightly fancier option. This drink is fun because it incorporates the smokiness of a mezcal cocktail with the flavor of tequila for a can’t-miss cocktail experience. It’s a refined choice and a crowd-pleaser.

To make a batch of six, you’ll need:2

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, add them together in a large pitcher and stir. 

Since your SLIQ frozen cocktail pops will impart some sweetness as they melt, you may want to wait and add them to each glass individually as you serve. For garnish, have some orange peels ready to place in each glass. If you’re looking for some easy tequila drinks to make, but are also looking to spice things up, this could be a great flavor substitute.

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#2 Michelada

Is your friend group more into beer than cocktails? No problem—we’ve got you covered. 

The Michelada is a beer meets Bloody Mary that comes in many variations. While this recipe uses tomato juice, lime, Worcestershire, and hot sauce, you can play around with your own ingredients or use your favorite pre-made bloody mary mix.

For this tasty treat, you’ll need the following to make six:3

  • 3 cans of 12-ounce light beer, preferably Mexican 
  • 36 ounces tomato juice 
  • 12 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 SLIQ Spirited Ice Vodka Lemonade Pops
  • 2 ounces hot sauce (Tabasco is traditional, but you can sub in your favorite)

To make this batch, combine all your ingredients except your beer and your SLIQ pops. When you serve, place your SLIQ pop into your glass, fill it halfway with your batched drink, then add half a can of beer. 

Man with an abstract tattoo on his hand is holding a faceted glass with the Negroni

#3 Mezcal Negroni

Lastly, we have a drink for the lovers of all things smokey. If you’re looking for a boozy addition to your Cinco de Mayo party, a mezcal negroni may be just what you need. 

To make six drinks, you’ll need:4

Add all your booze together and stir. Keep your SLIQ pops to the side until you’re ready to serve them and then add the pops and your batched drink to the glass. Give another quick stir and you’re ready to enjoy this smoky, bitter, and boozy concoction.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with SLIQ

Celebrate Mexican culture with a variety of Mexican drinks that speak to the region’s diverse flavor profiles. And don’t be afraid to experiment—while a classic Margarita is sure to please, adding a few tasty additions to the mix can elevate any party. If you’re also wondering how to make a paloma or the difference between a paloma vs. margarita, we’ve got you covered!

Frozen margarita pops may be exactly what you need to keep your Cinco de Mayo party cool and delicious. And while they’re great in cocktails, they’re just as good on their own.

Have a great Cinco de Mayo party with SLIQ!



  1. Brittanica. Cinco de Mayo. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Cinco-de-Mayo 
  2. Liquor.com. Oaxaca Old Fashioned. https://www.liquor.com/recipes/oaxacan-old-fashioned/  
  3. Chili Pepper Madness. MICHELADA RECIPE – SPICY MEXICAN BEER AND TOMATO JUICE COCKTAIL. https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/chili-pepper-recipes/drinks/michelada-recipe-traditional/ 
  4. New York Times Cooking. Mezcal Negroni. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019338-mezcal-negroni 
  5. Gimme Some Oven. Margaritas. https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/margarita-recipe/