20 Latin American-style drinks

Kick off your party with a frosty mojito, margarita, sangria, or juicy aqua fresca

Mojitos

Thomas J. Story

Minty Mojitos

The secret to a good mojito is lots of fresh mint. Habana Restaurant in San Francisco goes through 100 pounds of mint a week to make 1,000 mojitos.

Levende Lounge, also in San Francisco, crushes even more fresh mint leaves for each drink.

Inspired by both recipes, we developed this simplified home-style mojito that follows their minty lead.

Recipe:  How to make minty Mojitos

Sunset Margarita

Sunset Margarita

Our version of the classic Mexican cocktail has a fruity finish.

Recipe: Sunset Margarita

Fritz's Sonoran Sunset

Thomas J. Story

Fritz's Sonoran Sunset

Prickly pear and grapefruit juice work well to complement a good tequila in this desert thirst quencher.

Recipe:  Fritz's Sonoran Sunset

Sangrita de Toro

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Sangrita de Toro

A spicy take on a Bloody Mary, with tequila instead of vodka. The chile salt makes enough for about 6 cocktails.

Recipe: Sangrita de Toro

Tommy's Margarita

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Tommy's Margarita

Sometimes simple is the way to go. This basic margarita showcases high-quailty blue agave tequila.

Recipe: Tommy's Margarita

Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Garnish mugs with whipped cream and shaved chocolate if you like.

Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate

Grapefruit Margaritas

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Grapefruit Margaritas

Ruby grapefruit juice gives an extra tangy bite to the standard marg, while a sugar-rimmed glass helps to sweeten things up.

Recipe:  Grapefruit Margaritas

Melon Agua Fresca

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Melon Agua Fresca

Very ripe cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon all work deliciously in this refreshing drink.

Recipe:  Melon Agua Fresca

White Peach Sangria

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White Peach Sangria

Fresh white peaches and white wine offer a crisp, lighter alternative to sangria's traditional red blend.

Recipe:  White Peach Sangria

Cranberry Margaritas

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Cranberry Margaritas

Save yourself from mixing drinks through your whole party by sticking to one cocktail for everyone.

Plan for three to four drinks per person for a two- to three-hour party, and offer pitchers of chilled water garnished with fresh citrus slices, basil, or mint, as an alternative.

Recipe:  Cranberry Margaritas

Mango-Mint Agua Fresca

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Mango-Mint Agua Fresca

Tiny flecks of fresh mint add a cooling zip to this take on agua fresca with mangoes.

More:  Mango-Mint Agua Fresca

Berry-Melon Agua Fresca

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Berry-Melon Agua Fresca

Sweet-tart agua frescas, served all over Mexico, make a great foil to hot and spicy dishes.

Recipe:  Berry-Melon Agua Fresca

Iced Mexican Chocolate

Iced Mexican Chocolate

Need a decadent dessert to follow a Mexican meal? These low-fat shakes will cool you off and fill you up, but won't fill you out.

Recipe:  Iced Mexican Chocolate

Prickly Pear Margaritas

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Prickly Pear Margaritas

Prickly pears (also called cactus pears, Indian figs, and tunas) can often be found in the fresh produce section of grocery stores and Latino markets.

Recipe:  Prickly Pear Margaritas

Margarita Cooler

 

Margarita Cooler

Nibble on the refreshing watermelon ice cubes in between sips of this tart drink.

Recipe:  Margarita Cooler

Raspberry Sangre Margaritas

Leigh Beisch

Raspberry "Sangre" Margaritas

Blended raspberries and tequila make a terrific variation to the usual daquerie.

Recipe:  Raspberry "Sangre" Margaritas

Cinnamon-scented Rice Milk

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Cinnamon-scented Rice Milk

Also known as horchata, this milky drink is just the cooling antidote for a spicy Mexican meal.

Recipe:  Cinnamon-scented Rice Milk

Thyme for Mezcal

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Thyme for Mezcal

Mezcal, tequila’s moody brother, ditches its rough reputation and stars in this spring-fresh cocktail.

Recipe: Thyme for Mezcal

Smoky Negroni

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Smoky Negroni

Like tequila, mezcal is made from agave, except the plant is roasted in a stone-lined pit. The result: an overt smokiness that packs a bold punch. Enjoy mezcal's unique flavor profile in this twist on the negroni.

Recipe: Smoky Negroni

The Smokin’ Word

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The Smokin’ Word

Take super-smoky mezcal, throw in a hit of cherries, and you've got one bold drink.

Recipe: The Smokin’ Word

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