Cinco de Mayo Libations

May 5, 2020 | Blog

Cinco de Mayo may not cause much of a stir south of the border, but on this side it’s been an excuse for fiestas that seem to grow in popularity and stature every year.


While the number of people gathering in public is likely to plunge in the throes of a pandemic, enthusiasm for this quirky Americanized holiday likely will not.


So if you’re planning on marking the occasion at home, here are a few ideas for your Cinco de Mayo libations.


From House of Cards, 119 Third Avenue South in downtown Nashville

  • 100% Blue agave tequila – 1.5 oz.
  • Spiced orange curacao – .5 oz.
  • Meyer lemon oleo – 1 oz.
  • Sancerre syrup – 1 oz.
  • Fresh lime juice – 1 oz.
  • Crème de cassis – 1 oz.
  • Locally grown viola blossoms


A flavorful, colorful – if not somewhat distant – interpretation of a margarita. It’ll go great with an evening meal or an afternoon on the deck.



From Skull’s Rainbow Room in Printers Alley, downtown Nashville

  • 5 oz. tequila
  • .5 oz. strawberry puree
  • .5 oz. passion fruit puree
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  • Bar spoon of Dijon mustard














This variation of Skull’s signature cocktail is for the adventurous. Think of it as a margarita with a kick. The mustard is a fun change from hot sauce you might normally see in cocktails.



From A Couple

  • Tequila blanco – 1.5 oz.
  • Cointreau – 1 oz.
  • Fresh Lime Juice – .75 oz.
  • Kosher salt (for the rim)

Looking for something traditional? Look no further than this refreshing, clear classic. No mixes, syrups or added sugars. It requires only three ingredients – tequila, Cointreau, lime juice. Well, kosher salt on the rim so make that four ingredients, if you want to be technical. Just combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes and strain into a glass and add ice. Just be sure to splurge on some good stuff like Patron.



Looking for something a little closer to Bellevue? The good folks at Alley Pub, 7040 Highway 70 South, are going all out on this Taco Tuesday/Cinco de Mayo. They’re serving curbside Tacos-to-go, along with growlers of margaritas. Also, the venerable AP has announced that it will become a smoke-free establishment when the Safer At Home orders are relaxed.





Top photo courtesy Simply Healthy Family.

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