For better or worse, Cinco de Mayo — the Mexican holiday commemorating its victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 — has in recent years become just another good excuse for American bar-crawlers to knock back some tequila shots, margaritas or South of the Border brew.
So if you are set on celebrating Thursday, why limit yourself to a Mexican drink menu? Here are some of the best cocktails around town featuring liquors and ingredients from Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
For New Yorkers who want to venture a little farther north of the city, the Puta Loca is an inventive drink at New Rochelle's NoMa Social, which serves tapas inspired fare.
The cocktail is an attempt at a "Mexican mojito." Fresh basil and tequila are finished off with a dash of triple sec and orange zest to give a sweetness that cuts through the alcohol.
Also a point of pride is NoMa's Red Sangria. Aside from a rich Rueda red wine and generous helpings of fresh fruit, its ingredients are a secret. For $60, you can get five tapas and a pitcher of sangria. One Radisson Plaza, New Rochelle; nomasocial.com/restaurant.html