5 Sexy Tequila-Based Cocktails for Spring

Where are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo? It lands on a Friday this year which gives us even more of a reason to enjoy a refreshing tequila-based cocktail! Say “salud” this May 5th like a true Southern Californian and celebrate with a drink (or two).

Whether you’re looking to spice things up, get a little fruity or stick to the classic, these 5 San Diego restaurants have you covered. Please find a list of thirst-quenching, sexy Cinco de Mayo cocktails below and if you happen to be in the area, swing by to sip and savor.

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If you’re celebrating at home, these 5 restaurants have shared their favorite cocktail with us, so you can sip California-Style with friends on the front porch, in the backyard or wherever the party takes you ~ Enjoy!

JRDN at Tower23 Hotel

Toast to Margarita Day by the beach while sipping JRDN’s Chile Mango Margarita, made with chili-infused tequila, mango syrup, and house mix. Watch people biking along the Pacific Beach boardwalk and take in the sunset for a perfect evening. $12

723 Felspar St., San Diego, CA 92109  •  858.270.2323  t23hotel.com

JRDN's Chili Mango Margarita


JRDN_s Chili Mango MargaritaIngredients

  • 2 ounces Chile Infused Tequila (6 dried red chiles in 750 ml agave tequila for medium heat)
  • 4 ounces House Mix (equal parts simple syrup, lemon, lime, and orange juices)
  • 1/2-ounce Monin Mango Syrup
  • 2 cups of ice cubes
  • Tajin Rim
  • Lime Wedge Garnish

In cocktail shaker, stir together house mix and mango syrup. Add chile-infused tequila and 1 cup ice cubes. Shake vigorously for 25 seconds, then pour into prepared glass. Fill glass with remaining ice cubes.


East Village culinary hot spot Jsix has an equally creative cocktail menu featuring the El Mariachi Pt. 2 made with Tequila blanco, Mescal, Absinthe, Cherry Herring, vanilla syrup and fresh lemon. $12

616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101  •  619.531.8744  jsixrestaurant.com


Jsix's El Mariachi Part 2

Jsix_s El Mariachi Part 2Ingredients

  • 1 oz mescal
  • 1 oz tequila blanco
  • .5 oz cherry heering liqueur
  • .75 lemon
  • .5 vanilla syrup


  1. Add a bar spoon of absinthe to a chilled coupe glass.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake for a few rotations.
  3. Double strain cocktail.
  4. Garnish with a lemon swathe.




Tucked away in San Marcos is Decoy Dockside Dining. Spend National Margarita Day sipping on the Smokey Mango-Rita, a delicious blend of Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, lemon & lime juice, jalapeño and mango purée dockside. $12

1035 La Bonita Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078  •  760.621.0909  decoydockside.com

Decoy's Smokey Mango-Rita

Decoy_s Smokey Mango-RitaIngredients

  • 1 1/2-ounce cazadores blanco tequila
  • 1/2-ounce cointreau
  • 1 1/2-ounce lime and lemon juice (total)
  • 3/4-ounce simple syrup
  • 4 slices of fresh jalapeño
  • 1/2-ounce mango puree
  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker and muddle the fresh jalapeños
  2. With the smoking gun, build smoke under the glass being used and fill the decanter with smoke as well. Place the glass upside down on the work area to trap the smoke, cap off the decanter.
  3. Once the decanter is full of smoke, pour the ingredients of the cocktail in the decanter and shake with the smoke.
  4. Then grab the glass being used, rim the glass, and add ice. (garnish w/sugar rim & lime wedge)
  5. Take the decanter and pour the ingredients from the smoke-filled decanter into the glass being used.
  6. Garnish with lime



Oggi’s Sports|Brewhouse|Pizza

What is more San Diegan than a Margarita? A margarita made with award-winning craft beer! Oggi’s Beerita is made with the brewery’s fan-favorite California Gold Blonde Ale, Tequila, Sprite and sweet & sour. $7

Several locations in Southern California and Arizona   oggis.com

Oggi’s Beerita


Oggi_s BeeritaIngredients

  • 1.5 oz Tequila
  • 4 oz of Oggi’s California Gold Ale
  • 4 oz Sprite
  • 2 oz Limeade


  1. Mix ingredients together, add ice and serve!




Known for their innovative cocktail menu and difficulty getting a table on a Saturday Night, Hillcrest’s hot spot TRUST offers a delicious twist on the classic. The Trust Cocktail #2 is a satisfying mix of Jalapeno Tequila, grapefruit, agave and firewater bitters. $11

3752 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103  •  619.795.6901  trustrestaurantsd.com

Trust's Cockail #2


Trust_s Cocktail #2Ingredients

  • ¾ oz. Lime Juice
  • ¾ oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • ¾ oz Agave Syrup
  • 1 ½ oz Jalapeno Infused Tequila


  1. Mix all together, shake, pour over ice and garnish w/Fresh Cucumber & sprinkle Tajin





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