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Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching and with it comes music, dancing and drinking. Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican American pride and to commemorate the Mexican army's victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla. Tequila, an alcoholic beverage made primarily in the city of Tequila (which lies within the Mexican state of Jalisco), is frequently associated with this Mexican-American holiday. Read on for three amazing tequila recipes from Eddy Buckingham, a New York-based bar, restaurant owner and mixologist for Sauza® 901® Tequila.

Eddy Buckingham
Bar and Restaurant Owner + Mixologist for Sauza® 901® Tequila

Eddy notes that in 2014 he "teamed up with Sauza® 901® Tequila as the face of the brand and helped to build up the brand's cocktail portfolio. Sauza® 901® is the product of a collaboration between Justin Timberlake and Sauza® Tequila. Sauza® 901® promises it is "Perfect for any occasion from a celebratory night out to a low key night with friends. Sauza 901 is a triple distilled, 100% agave tequila offering a smooth taste crafted using only the finest Blue Weber agave."

Mr. Buckingham's new cocktail bar, Chinese Tuxedo, will open in the fall of 2015. The Chinatown location will be able to seat up to 200 people and offers two cocktail bars for all your tequila needs.


The Sauza 901 spin on last year's cocktail of the summer – the Negroni. The addition of agave syrup plays up the tequila notes while paying homage to the popular Negroni.

  • 2 parts Sauza® 901®Tequila
  • 1 part Campari® Liqueur
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • ½ part agave syrup

Preparation: Combine all ingredients. Stir well. Pour over ice in a double rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Related: NYC's Top 5 Luxury Cocktail Bars

Sauza® 901® Ruby Sparkler

The Sauza® 901® Ruby Sparkler is both a burst of color and flavor, sure to be a hit when the temperatures start rising.

  • 2 parts Sauza® 901®Tequila
  • 1 part fresh grapefruit juice
  • ½ part fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ part simple syrup
  • 5 raspberries, plus more for garnish
  • Lemon wheel for garnish

Preparation: In a mixing glass, muddle five raspberries.  Add remaining ingredients and shake. Strain before serving over ice in a highball glass.  Garnish with skewered raspberries and a lemon wheel.

Juan Collins

Fun, flirty and vibrant. Imagine yourself sipping this poolside on vacation – just perfect.

  • 2 parts Sauza® 901®Tequila
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • Splash of soda water
  • Lemon peel for garnish
  • Cherry for garnish

Preparation: Combine all items, excluding the soda water in a mixing glass.  Shake well. Serve in a highball glass over ice.  Top with soda water.  Garnish drink with a lemon peel and a cherry.

Related: NYC's 8 Best Bourbon Cocktails

Tracy lives in the downstate area of New York. Some might call her an avid graduation affectionate (MA, Fordham University & MLS, SUNY Buffalo). She'd say she's just waiting for the right degree to come along with a promise and a ring someday. Her work can be found on

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