Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life. On November 1 and 2, families across Latin America and communities around the U.S. gather to celebrate the lives of those who’ve passed away. Parties recognize death as a part of life, and food and drink flow for the living and the dead. Notably, tequila and mezcal make appearances.
The two-day holiday is an excellent time to brush up on your agave-based cocktails — no matter where you’re celebrating. Kick back, reminisce about the times you’ve had with love ones, and enjoy one of these cocktails.
The Pineapple Mezcal Sour
This spin on the traditional Pisco Sour capitalizes on the fresh and earthy notes of espadin-based mezcal and naturally sweet pineapple juice. It’s hard to beat a drink garnished with a beautiful flower and aromatic bitters. Get the recipe.
The Strawberry Mezcal Flip
A flip is a cocktail with body, made using a whole egg. This strawberry mezcal flip is balanced out with a slightly smoky mezcal, zesty grapefruit juice, and fresh strawberry. A touch of amaro adds complexity. Get the recipe.
Step away from the Americano with this Mexican twist. The Mexicano swaps the sweet vermouth and adds agave syrup for an easy Campari-based cocktail. Get the recipe.
The Lavender Margarita
Take all of your summer feels and transfer them to fall. The Lavender Margarita uses lavender simple syrup for a bright floral note, and fresh lemon juice keeps the drink light. Mix things up with some muddled green bell pepper and you have yourself a drink worth savoring. Get the recipe.
The Spicy Watermelon Margarita
Few things go together like watermelon and spicy jalapeños. This Spicy Watermelon Margarita combines the best of both worlds and adds tequila. Get the recipe.
The Spicy Turmeric Margarita
Throughout history, turmeric has been thought to have healing properties. As have chili peppers and alcohol. Prepare to heal your spirit with this cocktail. Get the recipe.
The Blood Orange Paloma
The only thing more refreshing than a Paloma — a classic grapefruit soda and tequila cocktail — is a Blood Orange Paloma. The flavors are similar yet richer with slightly less acidity. With just a little preparation and a few simple ingredients, this refreshing cocktail can be all yours. Get the recipe.