Kick off your party with a frosty mojito, margarita, sangria, or juicy aqua fresca
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
Our version of the classic Mexican cocktail has a fruity finish.
Recipe: Sunset Margarita
Prickly pear and grapefruit juice work well to complement a good tequila in this desert thirst quencher.
Recipe: Fritz's Sonoran Sunset
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
Sometimes simple is the way to go. This basic margarita showcases high-quailty blue agave tequila.
Recipe: Tommy's Margarita
Garnish mugs with whipped cream and shaved chocolate if you like.
Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate
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
Very ripe cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon all work deliciously in this refreshing drink.
Recipe: Melon Agua Fresca
Fresh white peaches and white wine offer a crisp, lighter alternative to sangria's traditional red blend.
Recipe: White Peach Sangria
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
Tiny flecks of fresh mint add a cooling zip to this take on agua fresca with mangoes.
More: Mango-Mint Agua Fresca
Sweet-tart agua frescas, served all over Mexico, make a great foil to hot and spicy dishes.
Recipe: Berry-Melon Agua Fresca
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
Recipe: Iced Mexican Chocolate
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
Nibble on the refreshing watermelon ice cubes in between sips of this tart drink.
Recipe: Margarita Cooler
Blended raspberries and tequila make a terrific variation to the usual daquerie.
Recipe: Raspberry "Sangre" Margaritas
Also known as horchata, this milky drink is just the cooling antidote for a spicy Mexican meal.
Recipe: Cinnamon-scented Rice Milk
Mezcal, tequila’s moody brother, ditches its rough reputation and stars in this spring-fresh cocktail.
Recipe: Thyme for Mezcal
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
Take super-smoky mezcal, throw in a hit of cherries, and you've got one bold drink.
Recipe: The Smokin’ Word