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15 Mexican Drinks Everyone Should Know (and Try!)

These classic Mexican drinks go way beyond the margarita glass. Find new favorites for hot, cold, boozy and non-alcoholic sippers. ¡Salud!

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Margarita

Okay, I know we said we were showcasing Mexican drinks that aren’t margaritas, but this recipe is too good not to share! Instead of using a store-bought sour mix, we make our own by combining fresh lemon and lime juice with sugar. Learn how to make flavored margaritas.

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Michelada

This spicy beer cocktail couldn’t be easier to make! Simply mix your favorite Mexican lager with lime juice and the hot sauce of your choice. Add a few dashes of umami-rich Maggi and Worcestershire sauces and enjoy! Love the idea of making beer cocktails? Give these recipes a try!

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Paloma

If tequila is your jam but you don’t love the super-sweet flavor of a margarita, you’ll love its distant cousin, the paloma. Our recipe uses sparkling grapefruit soda and freshly squeezed lime juice to create a refreshing, tropical drink. Perfect for a hot summer day—just like our other favorite summery tequila drinks.

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Horchata

Create this authentic Mexican beverage by blending white rice and almonds together. It’s thick and creamy, and the sugar and cinnamon give the drink a sweet, comforting finish. It tastes fantastic as-is, but you can also turn it into a cocktail by adding a splash of rum. Serve it at your next shindig along with our recipe for renegadas, a ridiculously delicious Mexican cinnamon cookie.

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Bloody Maria

We love our classic brunch cocktails (these are our favorites!), but this drink has a fun south-of-the-border spin that’s totally unique. Unlike vodka, which can get lost in the bold flavors of tomato and hot sauce, tequila really stands out in this drink. We also kick things up a notch by adding pickled jalapeno juice. Spicy!

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Agua de Jamaica

Did you know you can make tea with dried hibiscus flowers? This tasty beverage has only four ingredients: hibiscus, water, sugar and lime zest. It’s as refreshing as iced tea on a hot day, but without any of the caffeine.

Editor’s Note: If you can’t find dried hibiscus flowers at the store, you can order them online ($10).

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Red River Margarita

OK, this recipe might be a little more Tex-Mex than Mexican, but there’s no doubt that this Red River Margarita takes some spicy hints from Mexican cuisine. Try it with grapefruit or blood orange juice and don’t forget the jalapeños!

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Cerveza Margaritas

Combine your favorite Mexican beer with, tequila, lime and more to make this riff on a margarita. Beware: These go down surprisingly easy!

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THE ROSADACourtesy Gastronom

The Rosada

This tequila drink was inspired by the paloma, but it uses fresh grapefruit juice instead of the bubbly soda version. To balance out the tart flavors, our friends at Gastronom sweeten the drink with a homemade rosemary simple syrup—which is really simple to make.

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CHAMPURRADOCourtesy Mexico in my Kitchen

Champurrado

This thick and creamy Mexican hot chocolate recipe is so good, I’m tempted to serve it for dessert! Our friends at Mexico in my Kitchen use masa harina corn flour to thicken the chocolate and create the perfect texture for this non-alcoholic drink.

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MEXICAN PONCHECourtesy Isabel Eats

Mexican Ponche

Like most of our favorite warm drinks, this fruity punch is typically served at Christmastime, but we think it tastes delicious all year long! It’s slightly reminiscent of a sangria, except it’s served warm with whole fruit in the cup. You’ll love the combination of guava, apples, pears, oranges, tamarind and hibiscus. Serve each mug with a splash of rum or brandy, if you like.

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The CarajilloCourtesy Food La La

The Carajillo

Serve this coffee cocktail hot or cold—your choice! In the summer, it’s a perfect way to use cold brew coffee. The recipe is super simple: coffee, orange zest and Licor 43, a Spanish-made liqueur with a vanilla and citrus flavor. If you can’t find the Licor 43, feel free to swap-in brandy or whiskey.

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Summertime Aguas FrescasCourtesy Cookie + Kate

Aguas Frescas

These fresh fruit drinks are the ultimate refresher. All you need is the fruit of your choice, a touch of sweetener and some lime juice. Blend it up with water and garnish the drink with a few mint leaves.

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PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITACourtesy Inspired by Charm

Prickly Pear Margarita

Upgrade your margarita game with prickly pear, a cactus fruit that tastes like a mix between watermelon and pears. It gives the drink a fuchsia color and a boost of flavor. Garnish each drink with a slice of fresh lime for a gorgeous, delicious treat!

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BatidosCourtesy Toot Sweet

Batidos

Cool down on a hot day with batidos. These Latin American milkshakes are made with fresh fruit, and they’re super easy to make at home; all you need is milk, a handful of your favorite fruit (frozen is okay) and a splash of vanilla extract. To make a dairy-free version, feel free to use alternative milk or water instead.

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