Raise a Glass to Cinco de Mayo

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A maragarita in a short glass placed on a round wooden tray

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Food/Prop Styling: Paul Lowe

While it may be a Monday, it's also Cinco de Mayo, which means that as you're indulging in a platter of tacos or a bowl of creamy, cool guacamole, it's only fitting to mix up a refreshing cocktail to pair with it. Margaritas often steal the show come Cinco de Mayo — and for good reason, given that they're endlessly versatile — but there are surely other sippers to celebrate the day. Check out a few of Food Network's favorite adults-only cocktails worthy of Cinco de Mayo below; each is easy to prepare and guaranteed to impress your friends at tonight's fiesta.

Whether you like it on the rocks or chilled and frosty, the margarita with a base of tequila is a Mexican must-have. Most traditional recipes, including that for the  Classic Margaritas featured above from Food Network Magazine, showcase a base of tequila and plenty of fresh lime juice, but the cocktail can be dressed up with other fruit juices or blended to become a frozen concoction. Browse photos of 10 Cinco de Mayo Margaritas to find more inspiration and get the how-tos for making them at home.

While you could indeed drink your margarita, there's also the option of eating it — in the form of a gelatin shot. Made with just a handful of ingredients, Lime-Shaped Margarita Gelatin Shots are bright-green party bites that use hollowed-out limes as a mold for an extra-special presentation.

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Not a fan of hard liquor? Try Ingrid Hoffmann's five-minute Michelada (pictured above), made with beer and chili powder, instead. Her recipe boasts an extra punch of heat thanks to a bit of hot sauce added atop each drink.

Bobby-Flay-Red-Wine-Sangria

Bobby-Flay-Red-Wine-Sangria

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Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Instead of shaking individual cocktails for each party guest, make a pitcher of sangria and let your friends pour drinks for themselves. From Bobby's top-rated Red Wine Sangria (pictured above) to the white wine and champagne varieties, this sweet sipper will serve a crowd and show off the juicy fruits of the season.

Visit Food Network's Cinco de Mayo headquarters for more easy recipes and last-minute party ideas.

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