With the ofrenda paying homage to family and friends, Dia de los Muertos is a time to remember the past, join together in the present, and raise glass to keeping those traditions going forward. From flavorful sips to colorful creations, bold beverages are waiting to be enjoyed.
As more people become familiar with the Dia de los Muertos celebrations, the Latino traditions can invite others to celebrate their families. That connection between the past and the present is deeply rooted. From telling favorite stories to seeing their faces around the table, it is important to never forget the ties that bind people together.
While the tables might be filled with pan de muertos and the marigolds bring a brightness to the space, some people like to enjoy a libation during their celebration. Using a traditional Mexican spirit can be a nice way to bring an element of the culture to the gathering.
Although many people turn to a margarita, a paloma can be a bright, refreshing offering. While the classic grapefruit juice and sparkling water combination is lovely in its simplicity, the flavor can be rounded out in a more robust way.
In this cocktail from Lobos 1707 Award-Winning Premium Tequila Lobos 1707 Mezcal Artesanal, the cocktail is quite complex. While the juiciness is clear, the spice and even salty components make people go back for another sip. It is refreshing, yet has a nuance that cannot be overlooked.
Lobos 1707 Naranja Paloma
- 1.5 oz. Lobos 1707 Mezcal Artesanal
- .5 oz Ancho Verde Luquer
- 1.5 oz Grapefruit Juice
- 1.5 oz Soda Water
- 1 oz Fresh Tangerine or Mandarin Orange Juice
- .5 oz Agave Nectar
- ½ lime juice squeezed
- Black Lava Salt
Glass & Garnish:
- Rocks in the glass; rim black lava salt + mandarin orange slice
- Use a lime wedge to rim glass with black lava salt. Combine all ingredients except soda water in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake until chilled. Add fresh ice to salted flass, then strain shaker into the glass. Top off with soda water and stir to combine.
In another twist on the classic Paloma, this option adds a savory note. For anyone who enjoys coriander, this cocktail is a must try. Whether paired with some fresh ceviche or enjoyed with a simple taco, the cocktail could quickly become a favorite.
Mezcal UNIÓN Coriander Paloma
- 1.5 oz Mezcal UNIÓN Uno
- 1 oz Coriander Cordial
- 1 bottle grapefruit soda (Squirt or Jarritos)
- Rim a glass with coriander salt. Add all ingredients to glass. Add ice and stir. Use pineapple slices as garnish. Enjoy!
What is your preferred Dia de Los Muertos cocktail? What traditions do you celebrate?