It’s time to celebrate the Mexican festival, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
While the festival is close to Halloween (November 1-2), it is very different and not at all related. Dia de los Muertos is a celebration to honour loved ones that have passed away.
Although it’s normally primarily associated with Mexico, it is celebrated all across Latin America and in areas with a large Latino population.
You’re likely to see a lot of calacas (skeletons) and calaveras (skulls), with lots of beautiful and intricate face painting. And lots of sweets are eaten on Dia de los Muertos to balance the bitterness of death, with sugar skulls being left at graves and altars.
Celebrations take place at burial sites. Food, drink and music are all a big part of Dia de los Muertos, with tequila and mezcal bottles often left at altars and cemeteries to tempt deceased loved ones to join the party. It’s a happy and reflective get-together, rather than a sad and upsetting event.
Dia de los Muertos has been celebrated for centuries, and it’s always important to understand the traditional practices before celebrating yourself. If you plan to party in your own way this year, here are five perfect and delicious agave cocktails to get you in the spirit.
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45ml Altos Reposado tequila
15ml turmeric and ginger syrup
20ml lemon juice
2 dashes of Butterfly Pea Peychauds
Shake the ingredients together
Serve in a rocks glass
Garnish with a Marigold flower and 2 drops of Neroli oil
50ml Patron Silver tequila
25ml fresh lime juice
150ml ginger beer
Top with Creme de Cassis
Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill.
Strain onto ice in a mug or Collins glass.
Top with ginger beer and drizzle Cassis over the top.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
Sweetcorn Old Fashioned
50ml Patron Anejo tequila
1 bar spoon caramel sweetcorn syrup
1 dash bitters
Add ingredients over ice
Stir with bar spoon
Garnish with orange peel
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50ml ruby grapefruit juice
Fresh grapefruit wedge to serve
Pour the mezcal, grapefruit juice, squeezed lime juice and agave syrup into a cocktail shaker.
Top with ice and shake.
Strain into a tall glass and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.
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30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
Squeeze of agave syrup (optional)
Cut the lime and run the wedge around the top of a rocks or cocktail glass.
Lay out some salt on a small plate and run the glass around it to create a salt rim.
Add your tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and optional squeeze of agave syrup to a cocktail shaker.
Top with ice and shake.
Strain into your glass filled with ice (en las rocas) or into a cocktail glass.
Will you be mixing up some agave spirits this weekend?
Which cocktail do you like the look of?