Who doesn’t love a good Cinco de Mayo fiesta and the traditional Mexican food, drinks, décor and music that have made this event such a beloved one? The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a universal celebration of Mexican culture, tradition and heritage.
In honor of this occasion, we’re mixing up a Oaxacan Cocktail of the Month: Cocktail Donají. Located in southern Mexico, Oaxaca is known for its premium selection of mezcal, a liquor similar to tequila that’s distilled from the heart of the agave plant.
In Cocktail Donají, mezcal brings its smoky edge to a blend of tangy citrus juices. The drink is typically served in a martini glass, which is rimmed with Sal de Gusano – a Oaxacan spice made from sea salt, toasted and ground agave worms and chile costeño. Find the recipe below, plus furniture and décor inspired by Cinco de Mayo.
Cocktail Donají Recipe
-2 oz. Mezcal
-4 oz. Orange Juice
-1 oz. Grenadine
-Sal de Gusano (or 1 tbsp coarse salt mixed with 1/8 tsp red chile powder)
-Frost martini glass rim with sal de gusano
-Pour 2 oz. mezcal into martini glass
-Add 4 oz. fresh orange juice
-Add ice cubes
-Add 1 oz. grenadine
-Garnish with orange slice and enjoy
Watch our step-by-step video:
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