Tequila and mezcal cocktails are a treat in celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

Tequila and mezcal cocktails are a treat in celebration of Mexican Independence Day. (Photos/NBC Latino)

Toast to Mexican Independence Day with tequila, mezcal cocktails

Each year on September 16th, Mexicans around the world celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain’s governance, which was secured during a revolt in 1810 by the Mestizos (those with mixed Spanish and indigenous Indian heritage) and Criollos (Mexicans of Spanish ancestry) who fought under the leadership of Father Miguel Hidalgo against the Spanish. In celebration of the upcoming holiday on Monday, we’re sharing our favorite cocktail recipes that incorporate traditional Mexican spirits – tequila and smoky mezcal – with which to toast to a momentous occasion in Mexico’s history.

Savory Kiwi Smash

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Crisp tequila blanco is muddled with ripe, green kiwi and fragrant herbs – mint and basil! – in this refreshing cocktail that relies on the freshness of its ingredients to create something absolutely delicious and satisfying. Click here for the recipe.

Raspberry Paloma

A raspberry Paloma cocktail features a blend of sweet berries, crisp blanco tequila and the bright taste of lime.

A raspberry Paloma cocktail features a blend of sweet berries, crisp blanco tequila and the bright taste of lime. (Photo/Courtesy Casa Herradura)

Venture to the farmer’s market for the last of the season’s fresh, red raspberries which brings out the sweet perfume of tequila’s subtle aromas. Click here for the recipe.

Os Gemeos

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Earthy, smoky mezcal – a spirit whose beginnings date back even earlier than that of tequila – is the centerpiece of this cocktail that’s made sweet with the addition of sweet passion fruit juice and crowned with  garnish of grilled pineapple. Click here for the recipe.

Avocado & Mezcal Cocktail

This avocado mezcal cocktail is icy cold and utterly refreshing.

This avocado mezcal cocktail is icy cold and utterly refreshing. (Photo/Courtesy Avocados of Mexico)

Treat yourself or wow guests with this innovative cocktail that combines the creaminess of avocado with white mezcal and a spiced rim. Click here for the recipe.

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