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.
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
Ingredients 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.
JRDN's Chili Mango Margarita
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
- 1 oz mescal
- 1 oz tequila blanco
- .5 oz cherry heering liqueur
- .75 lemon
- .5 vanilla syrup
- Add a bar spoon of absinthe to a chilled coupe glass.
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake for a few rotations.
- Double strain cocktail.
- 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
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
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