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May 5, 2017
Erin Coldewey

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Six Lubbock Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo

No state knows how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo quite like Texas, and each year on May 5, we host parades, cultural events and raise our margarita glasses to Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While we’ll always love a traditional frosty marg, we searched the “Hub City” and came up with six complex (and equally tasty) tequila cocktails to help you celebrate.

Drink: Vaquero Old Fashioned
Order at: The West Table Kitchen & Bar
There are so many reasons we love this downtown kitchen and bar. Their food is exquisite, their menu is ever evolving and their cocktail menu perfectly captures the flavors of each season. For Cinco de Mayo, we recommend ordering up the aptly named Vaquero Old Fashioned. A nod to a traditional Old Fashioned, this tequila-based cocktail is made with house-brandied cherries, mole bitters, a piloncillo simple syrup and garnished with a toasted orange peel.

Vaquero Old Fashioned | The West Table Kitchen & Bar

Drink: Espresso Stout
Order at: The Crafthouse Gastropub
Another one of our Foodie Favorites, The Crafthouse Gastropub is home to one of Texas Monthly’s Top 50 Burgers in Texas and arguably the best craft beer menu in town. Made with a shot of Avion Espresso Tequila and filled to the brim with Nitro Milk Stout, this beer-and-tequila combo is a true stand out. And though our testers personal tastes range from red wine to fruity cocktails, this cocktail was an all-around favorite.

Espresso Stout | The Crafthouse Gastropub

Drink: Mermaid Water
Order at: Cocina de la Sirena
We’ve unofficially dubbed this La Sirena original the “Mexican Chilton,” although its true moniker – Mermaid Water – is so much cooler. Confession: I once ordered this at happy hour (almost) based on name alone. A mix of tequila, Topo Chico and plenty of fresh lime juice, this simple cocktail is perfect for toasting Cinco de Mayo.

Mermaid Water | Cocina de la Sirena

Drink: Mexican Martini
Order at: Flipper’s Tavern
With incredible food and pinballs to entertain you as you sip away on signature drinks, Flipper’s atmosphere makes for the perfect happy hour experience. We tried their Mexican Martini which consists of Olmeca Altos Reposado, Grand Gala orange liqueur, triple sec, olive juice and topped off with lemon and lime. Saying our tastebuds were pleased would be a massive understatement.

Mexican Martini | Flipper’s Tavern

Drink: Poblano Grapefruit Margarita
Order at: The Crafthouse Gastropub
If you like your cocktails with a little spice (I raise my hand), we recommend one of the newest additions to Crafthouse Gastropub’s menu. Like their regular menu, the cocktail menu also rotates with the season, and we were pleasantly surprised to find on our latest visit that a Poblano Grapefruit Margarita made the list, just in time to celebrate. Reminiscent of a Paloma, Crafthouse mixes tequila, chile poblano liqueur, grapefruit juice, gives it a shake and forgoes salt in favor of a chile lime rim.

Poblano Grapefruit Margarita | The Crafthouse Gastropub

Drink: Peach Me Up
Order at: Rain Uptown
Rain Uptown may be known for their delicious brunch, but we encourage you to make it one of your Cinco de Mayo stops. Their Peach Me Up signature cocktail is perfect for anyone who wants a sweet drink that packs a punch! Using Milagro tequila, peach schnapps, peach puree, triple sec and lime juice, this drink will help you celebrate the holiday in a supremely tasty way.

Peach Me Up | Rain Uptown

Have a favorite cocktail we missed? Share it with us using #LiveLoveLubbock, and from the Visit Lubbock Team, have a happy (and safe) Cinco de Mayo!