Cinco de Mayo meets Derby Day in this rose water margarita

Cinco de Mayo meets Derby Day in this rose water margarita

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This year, two of America’s favorite day-drinking holidays – Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby – fall on the same day, leaving stateside partiers asking themselves questions like, “But which do I celebrate?” “Should I wear a sombrero or one of those big floppy hats?” “Do I drink margaritas or mint juleps?”

And here are some answers, respectively: Celebrate both. If you’re gonna wear a hat, wear the big floppy one (please just never wear a sombrero. Under any circumstances). Drink neither.

Skip the julep, and instead of a traditional margarita, drink this rose water margarita instead. It’s got all the cornerstones of a classic marg – tequila, Cointreau, lime – while adding all the springtime classiness of the Kentucky Derby: grapefruit juice, rose water, champagne.

As an added bonus, the cocktail’s pink color and rose-bud garnish will match that pastel outfit you’ve been waiting since April to wear.

*Recipe courtesy of Cointreau



  • 1 oz. tequila blanco
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 6-8 dashes rose water
  • 2 oz. champagne


  • 1 Combine all ingredients (except for champagne) in a shaker; add ice.
  • 2 Shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
  • 3 Top with champagne and garnish with lime wheel or peel and/or rose buds.


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