One of the most fascinating things about holidays is the unique ways they are celebrated in different cultures and by different people. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration that instantly brings about thoughts of vibrant colors, festive drinks, indulgent food and, of course, parties! Festivities for Cinco de Mayo are quite popular in the western United States and especially so in cities closest to the Mexican border like San Diego, Calif., and San Antonio, Texas. Ironically, the holiday isn’t widely recognized in Mexico. However, many other cultures around the world have used the 5th of May as a day to honor and celebrate Mexican heritage and pride.

Japan holds a two-day event featuring musical performances, folklorico dancing and fusion foods on May 3-4 that not only highlights Mexican culture but all Latin cultures in the Americas.

In the Cayman Islands, Cinco de Mayo brings about the island’s annual air-guitar competition, with patrons toasting each other with live music and beer.

In Canada, the city of Toronto hosts a “guacamole smackdown” at the Drake Hotel featuring fierce competition from some of the city’s top chefs, while Vancouver throws a large outdoor party with air shows and tandem skydiving.

Stateside, Los Angeles and New York City hold massive full-day parades and street fairs.

In Puebla, Mexico, people dress up and reenact the 1862 battle that inspired the holiday…don’t worry, only fruit is used as ammunition!

No matter where you are celebrating, here are three unique drinks that are perfect for any Cinco de Mayo fiesta.

Chili Mango-Jalapeño Margarita (pictured above)

Serves: 6


  • 2 ½ cups mango purée (or Simply Orange® with Mango for a tangy twist!
  • 2 cups fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups triple sec
  • 1½ cups tequila
  • 1 large jalapeño
  • 1 mango
  • Tajin Clásico seasoning


Slice the jalapeño and mango, set aside.

In a large pitcher, muddle the jalapeno slices at the bottom of the pitcher and add the mango purée, lime juice, triple sec, tequila and stir.

On a small plate, sprinkle about ¼ cup of Tajin Clásico seasoning. Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of each serving glass and dip into the plate of Tajin Clásico.

Serve over ice. Garnish with Tajin Clásico sprinkled mango slices and a lime wedge.

Tip: These are best served immediately. The longer the drink sits, the more the jalapeño fuses into the drink, which could end up being VERY spicy! For a fun twist, freeze slices of jalapeño in ice cubes and add before serving.

Rojo Sangria

Pineapple-Blackberry Rojo Sangria

Serves: 4

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 ½ cup blackberries
  • 2 cups pineapple, sliced
  • ½ large orange, sliced
  • 1 cup sparkling blackberry juice
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ⅓ cup Minute Maid Pomegranate-Blueberry Juice
  • ¼ cup triple sec
  • ¼ cup rum
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • Ice

In a large pitcher, add the blackberries and pineapple and lightly muddle with a wooden spoon to release some of the juices. Combine the remaining ingredients (except for the orange slices and sparkling blackberry juice) and stir. Cover and place in fridge for 12 to 24 hours.

One hour before serving, add the orange slices and sparkling blackberry juice. Stir and serve over ice with fruit to garnish.

Fanta Punch

Bandera de Mexico Fanta® Punch

This drink is especially fun as it features the colors of the Mexican flag!

Serves: 6

  • 3 cups Fanta Strawberry
  • 3 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 quarts lemon sherbet
  • 8 strawberries
  • 6-8 limes for garnish
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 ½ cups rum (optional)

This punch is best served in individual glasses. 

In a large pitcher, mix the Fanta® Strawberry, lime juice and rum to create the punch base. Set aside.

Thinly slice all limes and set aside. Muddle 1 strawberry at the bottom of each glass. Begin lining each glass with 4 slices of lime. Fill the center of the glass with ice, leaving about 1½ inches of room at the top for the lemon sherbet. Place 4 more lime slices around the glass, creating a top layer. 

Finish with scoops of lemon sherbet stacked high enough so that the last scoop peaks just above the rim. Pour in the punch mixture and serve with a straw. Garnish with strawberry and lime slices. 

Christian Glazier

Christian Glazier is a fashion industry talent scout, writer and food enthusiast. Inspired by her passion and appreciation for exceptional food, she began blogging in 2010 under the pseudonym “girllovesfood” and has since expanded her blog to include style and travel categories under the lifestyle umbrella Based in Los Angeles, Christian is an avid traveler, frequent restaurant patron, shopping connoisseur and karaoke addict. 

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