Cinco de Mayo has become one of those holidays we all celebrate, in the same way that St. Patrick’s Day turns everyone into an Irishman for the day. We may be confused about what the French were doing in Puebla, but we are absolutely delighted to toast the Mexican victory of 1862, especially if we can do it with a tequila cocktail.
Margaritas are always splendid, and we particularly like the 3-2-1 recipe — 3 parts tequila, 2 parts triple sec, 1 part fresh lime juice and no weird mixers — espoused by San Francisco-based Chow.com . But Jacques Bezuidenhout and Navarro Carr, “bartender ambassadors” at Tequila Partida, suggest we think outside the salt-rimmed glass occasionally. Their suggestion? A Tequila Honeysuckle or the Paloma, the grapefruit-scented cocktail popular south of the border.
2 ounces blanco tequila, such as Partida Blanco
Half a lime
Grapefruit soda, such as Jarritos or Squirt
Fill a highball glass with ice; add tequila and salt. Squeeze the lime half into the glass, then drop it into the drink. Top with grapefruit soda.
Note: Honey syrup is two parts honey to one part water. Bring to a boil, then cool before serving.
3 pieces watermelon, about the size of ice cubes
1 1/2 ounces reposado, such as Partida Reposado
3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
3/4 ounce honey syrup
Lightly muddle the watermelon. Add reposado, lime juice and honey syrup. Shake over ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.