Day of the Dead is pretty much the best holiday ever. Not only do we get to dress up as Catrinas (the lady of death) but we get to throw a (literally) wicked tequila party. A large part of the holiday is honoring death and her abilities to recycle life. I will personally be honoring my abilities to recycle my tequila. Wait, what? Sorry, I’m already drunk.
Moving on ...a sweet selection of mixologists have whipped together some themed cocktails for the festivities. Hope you’ll sign on to try a few of them!
Marigold Ofrenda : Offering of Marigolds
Created by Christopher Bostick at Varnish, Los Angeles
Marigolds are a flower used to decorate the altars of the dead.
2 oz. Tequila Reposado
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
.75 oz. Orange Curaçao or Triple Sec
.5 oz. Agave Nectar
.5 cup peeled and chopped cantaloupe
1/8 tsp Chile de Arbol powder
Marigold to garnish
Muddle cantaloupe, Agave Nectar, and Orange Curaçao in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients, excluding garnish. Add ice and shake well. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with edible marigold.
Fresa Catrina : The Strawberry Lady of Death
Thomas Waugh of Death & Company, New York
The Catrina is one of the most important symbols of the Day of the Dead. She symboliuzes that despite riches, we will all be worm food one day.
2 oz. Tequila Blanco
.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
1 small strawberry
10 whole black peppercorns
Splash of Absinthe
Muddle strawberry with black peppercorns. Bathe a cocktail glass with absinthe. Shake ingredients with ice, and strain into cocktail glass.
El Día de los Muertos: The Day of the Dead
Drift at Ravesis, Bondi Beach Australia
A caffeine spiked margarita intended to remind the drinker they’re still alive.
40ml Coffee-infused tequila
(this can be made by placing a handful of coffee beans in a bottle of blanco tequila for 2 weeks in a
10ml Grand Marnier
15ml sugar syrup
30ml fresh espresso (measure this out)
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with three coffee beans.
Created by Jorge Guzman Ofrenda, New York
This mix of sweet and spicy is a celebration of both the ups and downs of life and the afterlife.
1.5 oz Tequila Reposado
.5 oz Frangelico
.5 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Chile Piquin-Cinnamon Syrup
2 dashes of Wormwood Bitters
Shake ingredients together and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.