Those of us who love a good tradition (and libation) have much to look forward to on the 5th and 6th of May this year. Though very different, both Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day have cemented solid spots for themselves on the national celebratory register (as well as most cocktail menus.) So, whether you are commemorating Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla or watching horses race while wearing a big, fancy hat, you’ll likely want a drink in hand. Check out these awesome DIY recipes below!


an extra spicy DIY
an easy julep to DIY

Jack Allen’s Kitchen: Mango-Habanero Rita

The margaritas at Jack Allen’s Kitchen have long been Austin favorites. This spicy incarnation of the classic makes for a simple DIY and is guaranteed to add spice to your Cinco celebration.

If you don’t have any plans locked in for this Friday, head over to Backbeat and enjoy a special Cinco de Mayo menu created in partnership with Tequila Ocho. The menu runs all night! Those looking to add some musical ambiance to their holiday can head to Güero’s Taco Bar for Cazadores cocktails and live music by Peligrosa, beginning at 6 p.m.

Recipe Courtesy of Jack Allen’s Kitchen


.5 oz habanero simple syrup

.5 oz mango puree

1.25 oz Dulce Vida Reposado Tequila

.75 oz Paula’s Texas Orange

1 oz fresh lime juice


  1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add a scoop of ice.
  3. Shake and strain over ice.
  4. Garnish with lime or chile.

drink.well.: The Baker’s Rack Julep

This delicious take on the classic derby cocktail, the Mint Julep, is an old favorite from the North Loop favorite, drink.well. The addition of cinnamon and clove subtly cuts the abrasive booziness of the traditional julep, resulting in a balanced DIY that’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Looking for a place to catch the race? drink.well. is holding their annual Derby Day bash with a screening, julep specials and Kentucky Hot Brown sandwiches. If you’re closer to downtown, you can head to The Roosevelt Room for numerous discounted julep specials and a screening of the race on their projector.

Recipe Courtesy of drink.well.


1 oz Rittenhouse 100 Proof Rye Whiskey

1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

1 oz apple brandy

.5 oz cinnamon & clove-infused brown sugar syrup

7-8 mint leaves


black pepper


  1. Muddle mint with the cinnamon-clove syrup.
  2. Add rye whiskey & apple brandy and crushed ice to the julep cup and swizzle until the cup is frosty.
  3. Top with additional crushed ice.
  4. Grated fresh nutmeg & cracked black pepper on top of the cup.
  5. Garnish with mint, cinnamon stick and, if you desire, a few slices of fresh apples.
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