Before we get into the celebrations, it’s worth remembering that Día de los Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead’, is not a Mexican version of Halloween. Whereas Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, the Day of the Dead festivities unfold over November 1st and 2nd in an explosion of colour and life-affirming joy. With this in mind, it is only right that the glass you raise in memory of lost loved ones is appropriately celebratory.
And, crucially, if you’re looking to make the ultimate Día de los Muertos drinks, you’ll need a premium Mexican spirit to act as the base. We asked the experts at Don Julio and Patrón to give us their favourite cocktail recipes to shake up in celebration this weekend.
Don Julio 70 White Negroni
30ml Don Julio 70 tequila
30ml Aecorn dry aperitif or Luxardo bitter bianco
20ml Cocchi americano
10ml Dolin dry white
- Add all ingredients into an ice-filled stirring glass
- Stir for 20 seconds
- Strain and serve into a tumbler glass filled with cubed ice
- Garnish with pink grapefruit zest
35ml Patrón Silver tequila
22ml Cempasúchil/Vanilla Syrup
15ml Patrón Citrónge Orange Liqueur
15ml Lemon Juice
- Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake to combine
- Strain into a coupe glass
- Garnish with dehydrated blood orange wheel
Patrón Paloma Roja
50ml Patrón Silver tequila
75ml Grapefruit juice
15ml Lemon juice
15ml St~Germain Elderflower Liqueur
15ml Hibiscus syrup*
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice
- Shake to chill and combine
- Strain into a salt & dried hibiscus-rimmed collins glass filled with fresh ice
*Hibiscus syrup: In a heatproof bowl, combine 8 oz hot simple syrup with two hibiscus tea bags and let steep for five minutes. Discard the tea bags and let the syrup cool. Transfer the syrup to a jar, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks.
Don Julio 70 & Soda
1.5oz Don Julio 70 tequlia
Topo Chico Mineral Water
Dried grapefruit wheels
- Pour Don Julio 70 in a high ball glass
- Top off with Topo Chico Mineral Water
- Garnish with dried grapefruit wheel
Sweet Corn Old Fashioned
50ml Patrón Añejo tequila
1 bar spoon caramel sweetcorn syrup
1 dash bitters
1. Add ingredients over ice
2. Stir with bar spoon
3. Garnish with orange peel
- Over ice, add Patrón XO Cafe and lemon juice.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with a mint sprig.
Alcohol-free Alternative: Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)
2 cups dried hibiscus flowers
2 quarts water
1/2 cup sugar per pitcher of jamaica
- Add the dried hibiscus flowers to 2 quarts of water, and bring to boil.
- Once it boils, reduce the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let it cool.
- Put one-third of this mixture into a pot, and add sugar.
- Stir vigorously to dissolve the sugar.
- Add ice cubes and serve.
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