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Flavorful Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipe By Expert Mixologist

New York Smash Magazine  

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo, a festive Mexican holiday that calls for celebration, dancing, dining and the search for the perfect tequila cocktail.

Each year, bartenders and mixologists around the country work hard to create the ultimate tequila cocktail in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Did you know? Many people think that Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is Mexico’s Independence Day, which takes place on September 16. In actuality, Cinco de Mayo is a separate holiday dedicated to celebrating the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Inspired by the occasion, Brian Matthys of New York City’s The Gander and Corkbuzz, masterminded the “Las Flores de Mayo,” a refreshing, incredibly flavorful tequila cocktail with the aroma of agave emanating right from the glass! The recipe includes DELEÓN® Tequila‘s new Platinum. Made from 100 percent Highland agave, DeLeón Platinum Tequila is an un-aged, provocative Blanco with a rich, complex agave honey that is slow-fermented and twice-distilled.  Also in this brilliant concoction is verjus (unfermented grape juice), which brings a bit of fruity sweetness, Velvet Falernum to add spice and citrus, and cacao bitters as the finishing touch.

Like the sound of this Cinco de Mayo cocktail? The full recipe is below!

Cinco de Mayo "Las Flores de Mayo" Cocktail
Brian Matthys, from NYC’s own The Gander and Corkbuzz, has fashioned a signature Cinco de Mayo cocktail featuring DELEÓN® Tequila.
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  1. 2 oz. DeLeón Platinum Tequila
  2. 1 oz. Verjus
  3. ¼ oz. Velvet Falernum
  4. 2 dashes cacao bitters
  1. Add all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well over ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled couple and garnish with a thin lime wheel.
  3. Cheers!
Adapted from Brian Matthys of The Gander and Corkbuzz
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