Festive Cinco de Mayo + Kentucky Derby Cocktails @SparklingIce

Festive Cinco de Mayo + Kentucky Derby Cocktails

Festive Cinco de Mayo + Kentucky Derby Cocktails

To me nothing says Cinco de Mayo like tacos and cocktails. And of course the Kentucky Derby and cocktails also go hand in hand. That’s why when I was asked if I wanted to share these recipes from Sparkling Ice I agreed. These cocktails aside from sounding delicious are perfect for the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. I hope you enjoy them!

Sparkling Ice is a lightly carbonated, zero-calorie beverage which combines sparkling water, fruit juice and vitamins for a refreshing drink. Sparkling Ice, it’s easy to make great-tasting cocktails with a fraction of the calories (aka more room for chips and guac!).

Festive Cinco de Mayo + Kentucky Derby Cocktails

Slim and Sparkling Margarita


3 oz Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
1 ½ oz Tequila
Splash of fresh squeezed orange
Fresh squeezed lime


Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass rimmed in salt. Garnish with a lime slice.

Festive Cinco de Mayo + Kentucky Derby Cocktails

Watermelon Ball Margarita


1.5 oz of tequila
1 lime (halved, one half cut in two wedges)
0.5 oz on Conintreau
1 oz of Sparking Ice Strawberry Watermelon

How to make watermelon shot glasses:

Scoop our watermelon balls with ice cream scooper. Cut slice on bottom to make flat. Use melon baller to scoop out insides.


Add one scoop of watermelon to shaker using melon baller. Add lime wedges and Conintreau. Muddle together. Add tequila, juice from one-half lime, and ice. Shake and strain into measuring cup. Add Sparking Ice Strawberry Watermelon and pour into Watermelon Shot glass.

Festive Cinco de Mayo + Kentucky Derby Cocktails

Peachy Mint Julep


1.25 ounces Bourbon
2 ounces Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine
6 Mint leaves
Half a Peach


Muddle mint and peach in highball glass.* Add crushed ice, bourbon and Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine. Stir ingredients thoroughly
*(If possible, muddle mint and peach, add bourbon and leave overnight in fridge)

Festive Cinco de Mayo + Kentucky Derby Cocktails

Blackberry Blind Draw


2 part Bourbon
1 part St Germain
3 parts Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine
5 blackberries


Muddle blackberries in shaker. Add ice, whiskey and St. Germain. Shake and pour (do not strain) into highball glass. Top with Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine

Festive Cinco de Mayo + Kentucky Derby Cocktails

Triple Crown Lemonade


2 parts Anejo Tequila
4 muddled Basil leaves
Teaspoon Agave Syrup
2 parts Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade


Shake and pour over ice into Highball glass. Top with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade. Garnish with Basil leaf

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  1. Tamra Phelps

    The watermelon ball margarita sounds pretty good. I love watermelon flavor.

  2. Denise Low

    My son lives in Kentucky and lives not very far from Louisville. I will have to show him this so next times he can make a few of the drinks.

  3. Linda Manns Linneman

    These cocktails sound so good. So refreshing on any hot day. I can’t wait to try these. Thank you for sharing

  4. @saleago

    Awesome cocktails! There are a few I want to try.

  5. kate g

    Not that big on watermelon drinks and tequila kills me, but then I saw the peachy mint julep…and that is Just Right.

  6. Tamra Phelps

    I live in Kentucky, so this time of year I see a lot of Derby recipes. These all look refreshing.

  7. larescoe

    Although I would probably do virgin versions of these drinks, they sound delicious and very refreshing! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂


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