If you live in, or have relatives that hail from Mexico then you’re probably very familiar with the holiday that is Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). On the Mexican holiday, which takes place from October 31 to November 2, people celebrate those who have passed away. And like any holiday, there are of course a handful of cocktails inspired by Dia de Muertos. The drink recipes I’ve listed (courtesy of Don Julio, Milagro Tequila, and Patron) are of course all made using tequila and range from savory to hella unique. And by “hella unique” I’m referring to you “El Diablo.” I’m all for a sweet and savory combo, so the “El Diablo” is right up my lane. Check out the recipe for the “El Diablo” and other Dia de Muertos cocktails below.
El Diablo (Pictured Above)
3/4 ounce Tequila Don Julio Blanco
1/3 ounce Orange Liqueur
1 teaspoon Vanilla Liqueur
1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
Dash Tabasco® Green Jalapeño Sauce
Whole Jalapeño Pepper for Garnish
Add Tequila Don Julio Blanco, orange liqueur, vanilla liqueur, fresh lime juice, bitters, Tabasco green jalapeño sauce into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain contents into a highball glass with ice. Garnish with whole jalapeño pepper.
1 1/2 ounces Tequila Don Julio Reposado
6 drops of Tabasco®
8 drops of Worcester sauce
1 pinch of celery salt
1 pinch of ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground horseradish
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
8 ounces tomato juice
Celery for garnish
Rim a highball glass with lemon juice and dip into black pepper. Add Don Julio Reposado, Tabasco, Worcester sauce, celery salt, tomato juice and ground horseradish; stir with bar spoon. Garnish with thin strips of celery.
6 Parts Milagro Anejo
2 Parts Snap
1 part Lemon Juice
4 Parts Pineapple Juice
2 Parts Apple Juice (unfiltered)
2 Parts Tamarind Juice
2 Parts Sparkling Water
Angostura to taste
Grated nutmeg to taste
Build in a punch bowl over ice and garnish with lemon wheels, apple slices, prunes, nectarine slices and marigold tops.
1 oz. Patrón XO Cafe Coffee Liqueur
1 oz. Patrón Silver
½ oz. Espresso
Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a shot glass.
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