As its popularity spreads, many people are looking to find meaningful ways to connect with and pay their respects to this holiday and their departed loved ones.
One profound and time-honored practice integral to Día de Muertos is the creation of an altar, known as an ofrenda, dedicated to those who have passed away. These ofrendas are a heartfelt tribute, adorned with cherished mementos that held special significance for the departed. Among these items, you’ll often find nods to the departed’s interests and passions, including sports memorabilia, preferred foods, beloved hobbies, and even their favorite beverages. In fact, it’s not unusual to spot a bottle of tequila or mezcal, or poured shot glasses, gracing the ofrenda as a symbol of remembrance and celebration.
Whether you’re hosting a gathering or commemorating a loved one, raising a glass during Día de Muertos bridges the realms of the living and the departed. It’s a poignant way to celebrate the vibrant spirits among us and in our memories. Discover 5 cocktails that help you perfectly honor the holiday.
Courtesy of Illegal Mezcal
1 3/4 oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz watermelon juice
1/4 oz ginger syrup
Splash of aquafaba
Matcha salt (matcha powder + salt)
Preparation: Rim a rocks glass with matcha salt. Add remaining ingredients to the shaker and shake. Pour over ice.
Courtesty of 1800 Tequila
2 oz 1800 Cristalino
3/4 oz Baking Spice Syrup (Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)
1/2 oz Clarified Lime Juice
Baking Spice Vapor (Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, hot water & dry ice)*
Preparation: Combine 1800 Cristalino, baking spice syrup, and clarified lime juice. Add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg & baking spice vapor.
In a glass or carafe next to the cocktail, have 2 sticks of Cinnamon, 5 allspice & 2 nutmeg steeping in warm water. Add 2 small pellets of dry ice into warm water. This will create a thick vapor erupting from the glass/carafe. Carefully pour just the vapor over the cocktail.
Courtesy of El Jimador
1 3/4 oz of Jimador Cristalino Tequila (in a bottle of natural syrup, dissolve half a tablespoon of activated charcoal)
1 oz Essence of Iztepetl
1/2 oz Xoloitzcuintle Tears (natural pineapple juice)
1/2 oz Xochitonal Blood (lemon juice)
And for the final decoration, you can add lemon slices and fresh rosemary.
Courtesy of Patrón
1 1/2 oz Patron Reposado
1/2 oz Horchata
3/4 oz Lemon juice
1/2 oz Orange liqueur
3/4 oz Pineapple juice
Caramelized orange wedge
3 pineapple leaves
Preparation: Add all ingredients to the shaker. Shake and strain. Serve in a jaibolero glass or skull cup with crushed ice.
Courtesy of Yola Mezcal
1 1/2 oz Yola
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
Dash Angostura bitters
Preparation: Pour all ingredients into glass, add ice and stir.