Bars celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tequila and rum

Patron Rosa Picante

Britain’s bars are poised to celebrate the 154th anniversary of the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla today – or, as the date is better known, Cinco de Mayo. Now a general celebration of all things Mexican, it is being marked across the UK with cocktails, parties and live music.

Emporia Brands has put together a series of events involving its brands, Tequila Casco Viejo and Mexican rum El Ron Prohibido.

In Nottingham, 400 Rabbits will be hosting a tequila masterclass with Samuel David Boulton from Emporia Brands at 3pm, featuring not only Casco Viejo, but also Don Agustin and Maracame tequilas – all from the Camarena Brothers. In the evening, the tequila bar will have live samba and bossa nova Latin music from Blue Brazil plus special Tequila Casco Viejo cocktails.

Lust, Luck, Liquor and Burn in Manchester will also be running a Casco Viejo masterclass, this time hosted by Tom Gedney-Higham of Emporia Brands from 2pm. In Leeds, tequila bar Neon Cactus promises some Margarita Madness with Casco Viejo fresh fruit Margaritas. The Backroom in Leeds is also running a Casco Viejo cocktail special, offering a chance to win a tequila masterclass.

At 10 Feet Tall in Cardiff, the special on the menu for the day will be Don Agustin’s Daisy – the cocktail that helped the bar’s Alexander Taylor to win the Casco Viejo competition UK final in March. It combines Casco Viejo Reposado with amaretto, gentian wine, yellow bell pepper and citrus.

In Newcastle upon Tyne, Alvino’s is showing off the Mexican rum styles of El Ron Prohibido and Casco Viejo with some specially made cocktail serves. Popolo in Newcastle is also offering a Casco Viejo Margarita to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Riddles in Altrincham, Manchester, will be celebrating with El Ron Prohibido with a twist on an Old Fashioned while Topolabamba in Glasgow is using the rum in its Strawberry Daiquiris. The rum is also being used today in cocktail at Treacle in Edinburgh and London bars such as Old Bengal Bar and Blessings.

Rita’s, the newly refurbished bar and restaurant in east London, is working with Patrón tequila to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. For one night only, it is offering a special menu with classics such as Palomas, made with grapefruit soda, and Batangas, mixing tequila with cola, alongside a variety of Margaritas such as an Iced Hibiscus Margarita. It is also hosting a special tequila masterclass with a Patrón brand ambassador.

Across the UK, Be At One bars are running a promotion on a Patrón cocktail to mark Cinco de Mayo from May 2 to 8. The Patrón Chica Caliente, available at a discounted price of £5, is fruity and sweet with a Tabasco kick. The offer is available through the bars’ own app, downloadable at

Patrón is also promoting its “Margarita of the Year”, the Rosa Picante Margarita, pictured top.

Rosa Picante Margarita
60ml Patrón Silver
20ml Fresh lime juice
15ml Simple syrup
15ml Ginger syrup
Half barspoon Jalapeño oil or a fresh jalapeño slice
2 dashes Rose water
Rose sea salt rim (optional)
Rose petal garnish (optional)
Combine Patrón silver, lime juice, syrups and jalapeño oil in a shaker tin. Add ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe half-rimmed with rose sea salt. Top with a few dashes of rose water. Garnish with a rose petal, if available.

Vampiro 1800 tequila

A cocktail being promoted for 1800 tequila for Cinco de Mayo is the Vampiro (pictured above), a super-charged drink that hits you with sweet, citrus and spice.

50ml 1800 Reposado Tequila or 1800 Silver Tequila
30ml Tomato juice
30ml Pink grapefruit juice
10ml Honey
10ml Lemon juice
7 dashes Cholula Original Hot Sauce
Salt and pepper to season
Pinch of diced onion
Garnish: grapefruit wedge and 3 cocktail onions
Pour 1800 Tequila, tomato juice, grapefruit juice, honey, lemon juice, Cholula, salt and pepper and diced onion into shaker and shake with ice. Strain into ice filled rocks glass. Finally, garnish with 3 cocktail onions and a grapefruit wedge.

In honour of Cinco de Mayo, STK London restaurant has mixed up a fiery Mexican cocktail, the Picante Passion (pictured below), made with the key Mexican ingredients of lime, chillies and of course tequila. It is available for £14 with an extra free shot of tequila throughout May.

Picante Passion
60ml El Jimador tequila
25ml Fresh lime juice
15ml Simple syrup
4 Watermelon cubes
1 slice Red chilli pepper
Muddle the red chili and watermelon. Add the tequila, lime and syrup. Shake and strain on the rocks in a tajin-rimmed glass.

Picante Passion

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