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5 Cinco de Mayo Coffee Drinks Worth Celebrating

In 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War, Mexico was victorious over the French army in the Battle of Puebla. The win was secured on May 5th, or Cinco de Mayo. Since then the victory has been celebrated every year, with Cinco de Mayo turning into an exciting holiday filled with music, food, drink, parades and revelry. Cinco de Mayo, ironically, is not widely observed in Mexico itself. Rather, the holiday has taken on a special significance here in the U.S., with revlers coming together to mark Mexico's rich history and vibrant culture. 

If you've decided to get in on the action and throw a south-of-the-border soirée this May 5, you've no doubt planned your food and drinks menu accordingly: fine ingredients for tacos, wickedly tasty guacamole, several margarita recipes - it's all on your shopping list. But did you know that there are also a number of fantastic tea and coffee recipes that can easily be added to your May 5 lineup? Have your Mr. Coffee® Tea Café Iced Tea Maker on stand-by and read on. From tequila-infused coffee to a refreshing mint julep iced tea, we've got a breakdown of some of the very best Cinco de Mayo drinks:

1. Mexican Coffee
A delicious drink that provides more of a kick than your average cup of joe, the Mexican Coffee is a tequila-infused beverage that should be a mainstay on any May 5 menu. For ingredients you'll need 3 ounces of tequila, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 3 ounces of coffee liqueur, vanilla ice cream and cherries. Of course, you'll also need several cups of some delectably brewed hot java, so don't forget to power up your Mr. Coffee® Advanced Brew 8-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker. The drink should be prepared as follows: The tequila and coffee liqueur should be added first, followed by the hot coffee and then the ice cream. Feel free to melt the ice cream beforehand. This exquisite adults-only beverage can be garnished with cinnamon spice, whipped cream and a cherry, to make it extra sinful.

2. Turbo Gin and Tonic
While gin and tonics scream old England more that sunny Mexico, this innovative new drink can add an extra kick to your Cinco de Mayo menu. Combining cold brew coffee with a classic gin and tonic recipe, you can ensure that your guests receive that enhanced buzz needed to party long into the night. 

The recipe really is as simple as it sounds: You'll need cold brew coffee, gin, tonic water and a splash of lime or lemon juice. Pour in the gin first before adding the cold brew coffee and then the tonic water. For a lighter option switch out the tonic water for club soda. 

3. Mint Julep Iced Tea
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated just before the arrival of summer, and if you're marking the holiday in the southern border states, it's almost a guarantee that the weather will be nice and toasty come May 5. What better way to beat the heat during your celebrations than with a refreshing mint julep iced tea? A simple recipe, all you need is your Mr. Coffee® Tea Café Iced Tea Maker, 4 tea bags, about a cup of white sugar, chopped up fresh mint, 6 tablespoons of lemon juice and a cup of orange juice. The sugar should then be combined with 1 cup of water and boiled, before being mixed with the mint and tea bags. Let cool and then place in a paper filter, adding to your Mr. Coffee® Tea Café Iced Tea Maker tea-steeping basket. Then let that machine brew the delicious mixture. Once the tea is brewed add ice, the orange juice and lemon juice to a pitcher and then serve. A cool and refreshing way to the get the Cinco de Mayo celebrations started!

There are a number of ways to make the perfect Cinco de Mayo beverage.There are a number of ways to make the perfect Cinco de Mayo beverage.

4. Spiced Orange Coffee
A delicious desert-style beverage ideal for after that Cinco de Mayo feast, spiced orange coffee is an incredibly simple recipe. All you need is around a tablespoon of orange zest, a third of a cup of brown sugar and half a tablespoon of cinnamon, as well as all the ingredients you typically need while making outstanding coffee with your Mr. Coffee® Advanced Brew 8-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker. Simply mix the coffee, orange zest and cinnamon together, before placing in the coffee filter. The brown sugar, on the other hand, must go in the thermal carafe. 

5. Mexican Chocolate Coffee
Another ideal drink for desert is the Mexican chocolate coffee. In many ways similar to a typical mocha, this beverage also makes use of nutmeg and cinnamon. To make this tasty treat you'll need to grab the following: One teaspoon of cinnamon, two teaspoons of cocoa powder and just a small dash of nutmeg - add too much and the drink could become overly strong. Combine these ingredients, along with ground coffee beans in the filter and let the Mr. Coffee® Advanced Brew 8-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker take care of the rest! This heavenly coffee pairs well with any Mexican-themed deserts you may have on your Cinco de Mayo menu - think sweet churros or an old-style flan like mom used to make.