cinco de mayo Cinco de Mayo is upon us, and like many great Americanized holidays, it’s become less about the celebration of Mexico’s victory over France and more about an awesome excuse to throw a fiesta. As parents, we want to celebrate and have a fun time while also finding ways to include our children in the festivities. Along with the fiesta, comes a list of Mexican-inspired drinks that can also be tweaked for little ones to enjoy this May 5.

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Margarita

This drink is easily one of the most versatile. Almost any fruit can be substituted to change the flavor of the margarita just depending on your family’s preference and taste.

Ingredients

  • Ice cubes
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon orange liqueur
  • optional:
  • 1 lime’s zest
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Recipe

  1. Grab a cocktail shaker and fill it with the ice.
  2. Pour in tequila, lime juice, Simple Syrup and orange liqueur.
  3. Shake for around 30 seconds to mix and chill.
  4. optional before pouring:
  5. Mix lime zest, salt and sugar to place on a plate.
  6. Press the rim of your glass into the mixture.

Kid-friendly

Simply remove the tequila, substitute orange juice of orange liqueur and then follow the same steps to create a fun, virgin Margarita to enjoy with the kids. You can also substitute a clear soda for the tequila if you feel there needs to be another element included.

Margaritas

Piña Colada

Piña Coladas are a personal favorite; they’re always refreshing and fun, especially if you’re a fan of pineapple or coconut. Plus, this drink is a great way to get Jimmy Buffet’s song, Escape, stuck in your head.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces of coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce of rum
  • 1 ounce coconut rum (optional–can also use dark rum)
  • Splash of coconut milk (optional)
  • Pineapple wedges for garnish

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients, minus the pineapple wedges, into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour and garnish with pineapple wedges to your liking.

Kid-friendly

To enjoy a kid-friendly version of this drink, remove the rum from the list of ingredients and follow the same directions. You can also add a clear soda in place of the rum or up the juice or coconut milk portion to compensate.

Pina Colada

Sangria

Although the ingredients may seem overbearing, the great thing about Sangria is that it’s easy to tweak. If there are other fruits you’d like to add or some you don’t want to use, it’s a flexible drink that can be made and enjoyed multiple ways.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 apple cubed (skin on)
  • 1/2 orange sliced into small pieces with seeds removed (rind on)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of brown sugar (or cane sugar)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 1 750 ml bottle dry red wine
  • 1 cup ice (to chill)

Directions

  1. Add apples, oranges and sugar to a pitcher and stir with for 45-60 seconds.
  2. Add orange juice and brandy, and again, stir for around 30 seconds.
  3. Add red wine and stir to combine.
  4. Add ice and stir to chill.

optional:
Use orange slices to garnish.

Kid-friendly 

To make this recipe enjoyable for the kids, remove the brandy and dry red wine from the list of ingredients and simply add a 24 ounce bottle of grape juice in its place.

Sangria

Mojito

This drink is a simple, refreshing, quick drink to whip up and enjoy with the family on Cinco de Mayo.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 6 ounces of light rum
  • 10-12 mint leaves (leave 4 for garnish)
  • 4-6 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • Club soda
  • 1/2 lime cut into 4 slices

Directions

  1. Grab a cocktail shaker and fill it with the ice.
  2. Add the rum, mint leaves, lime juice and sugar.
  3. Shake for about 30 seconds.
  4. Pour over ice.
  5. Add a splash of club soda.
  6. Add a slice of lime and mint leaf for garnish.

Kid-friendly

Simply remove the rum from this recipe to make it kid-friendly. Adding a clear soda in place of the rum is a great option if you feel the need to include a filler.

Mojito

Horchata

The great (or maybe not so great) thing about Horchata is that it’s already an alcohol-free drink, but it also requires a bit more prep, which could be a fun activity with the kids on Cinco de Mayo.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of long grain white rice
  • 1 quart of warm water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Cinnamon sticks for serving

Recipe

  1. Blend uncooked long grain white rice with warm water for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Put the rice mixture in the refrigerator for 6 hours (or even overnight) to let stand.
  3. Strain the rice mixture into a container.
  4. Pour the rice water into a blender and add the milk, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, and sugar.
  5. Blend for roughly 1 minute.
  6. Serve iced (add whole cinnamon sticks for garnish).

Horchata

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