Don Julio Drinks For Cinco De Mayo

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo. We’ll show you what to do.

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo. We’ll show you what to do. 

Like tequila?

Like holidays with Mexican cocktails?

Yeah, so do we. 

It’s almost our favorite day of the year, Cinco de Mayo, aka, Cinco de Drinko, Drinko de Cinco… it doesn’t matter what you call it, because it’s the best of days.

We’re not going to give you a margarita recipe though. Instead, we think you should check out these two Don Julio sippers, El Diablo, and their spin on the classic Paloma. It’s 2013, after all. 

If you’re a silver tequila kind-of-guy, look to El Diablo for a spicy and flavorful but clean cocktail with a smooth finish. 

El Diablo

Created By New York City mixologist Toby Maloney


1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Blanco

3/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Ginger Syrup*

Ginger Ale for Top

Red Blackcurrant Liqueur for Float

Ice cubes

Lime Wheel for Garnish

*To Create Ginger Syrup


2 parts White Sugar

Ginger Root

Strip off the skin of one ginger root. Place in vegetable juicer. Add 2 parts white sugar to 1 part ginger juice by volume.


1.     Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, fresh lime juice, ginger syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.

2.     Strain contents into a Collins glass over ice.

3.     Top with ginger ale.

4.     Float red black currant liqueur.

5.     Garnish with lime wheel.


1 drink


If you’re more of a gold tequila guy who lives for sweet and sour, try the Paloma.

Premier Paloma


1 1/4 ounces Tequila Don Julio Reposado

2/3 ounce Italian Aperitif

2/3 ounce Fresh Grapefruit Juice

2/3 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1/3 ounce Agave Nectar

Grapefruit Wheel for Garnish

Lemon Wedge for Garnish


1.     Combine Tequila Don Julio Reposado, Italian aperitif, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker. Shake well.

2.     Strain contents into a highball glass over ice.

3.     Garnish with grapefruit wheel and lemon wedge.


1 drink


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