Creative Cocktails from Mexico You Can Make At Home (and No We Aren’t Talking About the Margarita)

While social distancing measures mean we can’t travel, that doesn’t mean we can bring the spirit of our favorite destinations to our own homes. The chefs at Brisas Hotel Group, a leading Mexican hotel brand renowned for their local hospitality, have shared some of their favorite drinks inspired by the flavors and history of Mexico. For an added touch, stream the live beach cam feed from Brisas’ luxurious NIZUC Resort & Spa in Cancun.

Red Fruit Mojito
* 3 strawberries (medium sized)
* 2 blackberries
* 2 raspberries
* 5 mammoth basil leaves
* 4 ounces of cranberry juice
* 1 ounce of natural syrup or 3 sachets of refined sugar
* Lemon Juice
* Lemon Soda
* White Rum

1. Combine the fruits, basil, sugar and a dash of lemon juice in a mortar and begin grinding it with a pestle while adding in the cranberry juice.
2. Put it in a cocktail shaker with your favorite type of white rum and shake.
3. Serve in a high ball glass over ice.
4. Top it off with some lemon soda and garnish with a fresh sliced strawberry.

Tepache Pina Colada
Tepache is a great drink on its own so this recipe is for 5 liters so you can have a carafe ready for enjoyment. Tepache is a traditional Mexican drink that dates to Pre-Columbian Mexico and was popular amongst the Nahua people of central Mexico.

Ingredients for the Tepache:
* 4 pieces of pineapple peels
* 2 pieces of cinnamon bark
* 2 whole cloves
* 5 liters of water
* 500 grams of unrefined sugar (preferably piloncillo)

Instructions for Tepache:
1. Combine all ingredients in a jar and let sit for three days. Then strain and add ice to have a home-made tepache.
Instructions for Tepache Pina Colada:
1. Combine 3 ounces of the tepache, with an ounce of pineapple juice, with 2 tablespoons of grated coconut and your favorite rum.
2. Serve in a margarita class and garnish with a fresh slice of pineapple.

* Worm salt
* 2 ounces of lemon juice
* 4 ounces of orange juice
* 3 ounces of espadin mezcal
* 2 ounces of grenadine syrup

1. Moisten the edges of the glass with lemon juice and frost with worm salt
2. Mix the lemon juice, orange juice and the mezcal
3. Take your glass and add the grenadine syrup to first then pour in the mezcal mixture
4. Add ice and mix before drinking