Skip the fruity margaritas.

By F&W Editors
Updated June 13, 2017
5 Smoky Cocktails for a Cinco de Mayo Party

Smoky guacamole and chipotle-spiked fajitas aren't the only ways to add heat to a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Here are six smoky cocktails to make for the celebration:

1. The Red and the Black

The Red and the Black
Credit: © Zubin Schroff

A clever black pepper-infused simple syrup elevates this tasty tequila drink.

2. Cucumber, Salt & Smoke

Mezcal Cocktail: Cucumber, Salt & Smoke

Mezcal, made from fire-roasted agave, provides the smokiness in this unusual Pisco Sour update.

3. Grilled Citrus Margaritas

Grilling with Live Fire: Grilling Citrus
Credit: Photo © Daniel Krieger

Grilling lemons and limes before juicing them adds subtle smoky flavor.

4. Naked & Famous

Mezcal Cocktail: Naked & Famous

“Because there is so little mezcal in this cocktail, choosing a big, aggressively smoky bottling is key,” says Joaquín Simó. He opts for Del Maguey’s nicely complex Chichicapa.

5. Goiabardente

5 Smoky Cocktails for a Cinco de Mayo Party
Skip the fruity margaritas.

Spicy jalapeño-infused agave nectar stars in this margarita-like cocktail.