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Day of the Dead Cocktails (continued)

So today is the Day of the Dead, a day worthy of donning the most formal clothes you’ve got, painting your face (and any other exposed skin for that matter) like a skeleton, and drinking a ridiculous quantity of tequila. That being said, we decided more cocktail recipes were in order. What’s more fun than costumes and themed cocktails? Costumes and tequila themed cocktails.

Ashes to Ashes 

Created by H. Joseph Ehrmann at Elixir in San Francisco

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

1.5 oz. Tequila Reposado

.5 oz. Pedro Ximenez Sherry

1 oz. Lemon Juice

1 tsp. Sweetened Cocoa Mix

.25 oz. Agave Nectar

1 pinch Ground Cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a mixing glass, and shake with ice. Strain up into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cinnamon dust.


Los Muertos: The Dead

Created by Raul Yrastorza at Las Perlas, Los Angeles

Day of the dead is a time to honor those who have passed by offering them everything from music, dance, fruits, and …of course …tequila to put it on the altars.

2 oz Tequila Reposado

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz Apple Cider Vinegar

.5 oz Cardamaro Amaro

1 bar spoon Apple Butter Infused Agave Nectar

4 muddled Apple Chunks

Apple Cider Foam for garnish

Blackstrap molasses for garnish

Muddle apple chunks in bottom of a mixing glass. Shake all ingredients together with ice and double strain into a rocks glass over ice. Top with apple cider foam and drizzle with blackstrap molasses.


Day of the Dead

Created by Molly Wellman at Mainstay Rockbar, Cincinnati

Sin is the name of the game. A sexy, Caribbean twist on the old classic Tequila Sunrise.

1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila

1/2 oz Fresh Orange Juice

3/4 oz Grand Marnier

Dash of Cinnamon 

Add all ingredients to shaker and shake, shake, shake. Strain into a cocktail glass, and sprinkle ground cinnamon for garnish.


The Procession

Created by Daniel Hyatt at The Alembic in San Francisco

Hibiscus flower, know as Jamaica here in Mexico, is a common drink flavor and well as a frequently seen color in the processions and street mosaics for Day of the Dead.

1.5 oz Tequila Blanco

.75 oz White Crème de Cacao

.5 oz Ruby Port

.75 oz Hibiscus Tea, chilled

2 dashes of Orange Bitters

Orange Peel for garnish

Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. For garnish, twist a strip of orange peel over the top.