Wednesday, I am loving the sound of that because it chimes Weekend is approaching! And who says weekend, says cocktails – at least that’s how we hold it at coolbrandz. If you follow me in Social Media, you will have picked up on the fact that I am a cocktail aficionado.

I am following a couple of Instagram accounts of likeminded people; one of them Natalie Migliarini aka @beautifulbooze. It is the most beautiful, colourful, boozy stream that you can imagine. Her recipes are inspiring and her photography fabulous.

Whenever I had a hard day, I am heading over to her blog to find inspiration and maybe recreate some of the cocktails she elaborates. Mine just never look as good, but hey, it really is the taste I am after. So for Cinco de Mayo, here three of Natalie’s Tequila recipes that I recreated at home and that just blew my mind!




1. Vanilla Bean and Jalapeño Paloma

Here the ingredients you need:

  • 1.5 tequila
  • 1 medium grapefruit, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno, sliced thin
  • 1/8 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of squirt soda
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Garnish: Thinly sliced jalapeno and grapefruit slices



  • In a cocktail shaker add tequila, grapefruit juice, agave nectar, sliced jalapeño, vanilla bean seeds and ice
  • Shake for 20 seconds and then pour mixture into serving glass
  • Top with squirt soda
  • Garnish with jalapeño slices and grapefruit slices


Tequila Cocktails Beautifulbooze Cinco de Mayo Spicy Mango Magaritha


2. Spicy Fesno Margarita 

Ingredients below, instruction here:

  • 1.5 ounces of tequila
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango
  • 1 Fresno chili sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of agave
  • ½ tablespoon grenadine
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Garnish: Whole Fresno chili pepper and rim glass with equal parts of salt and chili powder



  • In a blender combine tequila, lime juice, mango, sliced Fresno chili, agave nectar, grenadine and ice
  • Blend until desired consistency
  • Rim serving glass with salt and chili powder
  • Pour blended mixture into serving glass
  • Garnish with whole Fresno chili


Beautifulbooze Cinco de Mayo Spicy Blackberry Magaritha


3. Spicy Blackberry Margarita

  • Find the ingredients and modus operandi below:
  • 2 ounces of tequila
  • 2 ounces of lime juice
  • 5 blackberries plus more for garnish
  • 3-4 slice of fresh jalapeño
  • 1 ounce of agave nectar
  • 1 cup of ice (½ used in the shaker and ½ used to serve the drink)
  • Garnish: salted rim and blackberries



  • Fill cocktail shaker with tequila, lime juice, blackberries, sliced jalapeños, agave nectar
  • Add ½ cup of ice
  • Shake
  • Strain into a salted glass filled with ice