Pick Your Poison: Tequila vs. Whiskey

BY GuruHub Squad

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May 5th this year falls on two very special drinking occasions… Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby.

For those that didn’t know Cinco de Mayo “commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.” Make sure you know what you’re celebrating over margaritas because contrary to popular belief Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. (That’s on September 15) The typical margarita consists of tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, orange liqueur, with a Lime-salt-sugar rim and it can be either blended or on the rocks.

As for the 2018 Kentucky Derby, it’s the home to colorful suits, giant floppy hats, and the mint julep. The typical mint julep is made of minted simple sugar, bourbon, and seltzer water with a sprig of mint for garnish. Putting your bets on your favorite horses and drinking, what could be more fun!

Here are our top 10 favorite margarita and mint julep recipes to help you celebrate these two drinking occasions.

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1. Prickly Pear Margarita

Despite having pear in the name, there is no pear in this recipe at all. The prickly pear is actually an orange flower fruit from a cactus and has a hybrid taste of bubble gum fused with watermelon.

Check out the full recipe here.

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2. Blackberry Mint Julep

The perfect way to change up the official drink of the Kentucky Derby! Or just a good summer cocktail to have in your repertoire.

Check out the full recipe here.

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3. Kiwi Margarita

Did you know that kiwi is actually a berry? Because we sure didn’t before this, have a berry good time during your Cinco de Mayo celebration with our favorite recipe for a kiwi margaritas.

Check out the full recipe here.

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4. Mint Limonata Julep

Nothing beats the heat like lemonade… infused with a mint julep. Something about mint and lemon is just so refreshing. This yummy recipe is not limited to your Kentucky Derby celebration, bring it along with you throughout the summer months and if you’re feeling saucy maybe even year round.

Check out the full recipe here.

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5. Fresh Peach Margarita

Don’t mind us this Cinco de Mayo, because things are just peachy with us! Infuse your favorite Mexican inspired cocktail with some fresh peach to add another juicy element to your drink.

Check out the full recipe here.

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6. Watermelon Mint Julep

The combination of watermelon and mint isn’t as weird as it sounds. There is a watermelon mint salad, watermelon mint water, and a watermelon mint julep fitting for a hot day on the race track. Or watching from the comfort of your home.

Check out the full recipe here.

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7. Honey Pear Margarita

Enjoy the fresh and delicate floral hints of pear with the sweetness of honey and cinnamon. This is more of a fall recipe with the cinnamon and hint of rosemary, but it’s Cinco de Mayo… there’s no better time for a margarita no matter the flavor.

Check out the full recipe here.

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8. Orange Mint Julep

Twist a little bit of orange into your minty fresh drinks. The mixture of orange, mint, and bourbon are a refreshing pair with a kick!

Check out the full recipe here.

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9. Spicy Cucumber Margarita

You’re bound to add some spice if you’re going to be celebrating with margaritas! The freshness of the cucumber offset the spiciness of the chili salt rim.

Check out the full recipe here.

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10. Disneyland Mint Julep

Even though this isn’t alcoholic in the park if you’re following the recipe at home you can add your own bourbon as desired.

Check out the full recipe here.

Leave us comments about how you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby.