Cinco de Mayo-a holiday I find myself celebrating on an almost weekly basis at the Belair Cantina located conveniently two blocks from my house.

Tonight I’ll still be celebrating, but I’ll be hosting it at my digs instead and adding a little twist to tradition. While I’ll still be mixing up the expected tequila based margaritas (fresh watermelon to be exact), I’ll also be serving something(s) with a kick!

Last week we had a happy hour showdown with Absolut Texas vodka and three of their cocktail heavy hitters.

First off, before I continue, I know you’re already asking Absolut Texas? The state needs one more thing dedicated to its namesake? It ABSOLUT-ely does.

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The serrano and cucumber infused spirit is both refreshing and packs a little punch. It can be mixed with something sweet or something on the more savory side. We tried the following: Tejano, Rodeo Ride & Pineapple Martini.

TIP: While we didn’t concoct a Bloody Mary, we could find the two being a perfect pair and accompaniment to your Saturday morning.

TEJANO-Easy and breezy
2 parts Absolut Texas
3 parts Grapefruit Soda
Build over ice in a highball glass, and garnish with a lime wedge and a chili-salt rim.

This cocktail is easy to throw together when you’re in a pinch! I definitely suggest adding the garnishes or it may be on the plain side.

PINEAPPLE MARTINI-Perfectly punchy
2 parts Absolut Texas
2 parts Pineapple juice
2 leaves fresh Cilantro
Optional (but suggested): add 1-2 dashes Tabasco-we used chipotle!
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, and shake with ice. Fine-strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a cilantro leaf.

This was my favorite between the trio. I’m drawn to spicy pineapple cocktails in any and all forms and this one is a winner. Both refreshing, but not overly sweet, with a smoky aftertaste. You can’t go wrong!

RODEO RIDE-Hold on to your hat!
2 parts Absolut Texas
1 part Lime juice
1 part Honey syrup (1: 1 Honey: water)
1 slice fresh Jalapeno
Pinch of Salt
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, and shake with ice. Fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a slice of cucumber and jalapeno.

This is as close as you can get to a true margarita without pouring in a shot of tequila. Amanda favored this one and we could both see it being perfect served over ice. The addition of the jalapeno takes it to the next level. Keep in mind this cocktail is strong when served up!
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After taste testing, we were happy that we put all of our sips in shooters glasses. We suggest serving the trio in petite proportions instead full sized. To truly get that Tex-Mex/Cinco de Mayo feel, don’t skimp on the chips and salsa!

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Cheers!

-JM