Bring The Sizzle To Your Holiday Cocktail Party

Are you tired of the same holiday drinks? Is boring old eggnog getting you down? Sandbar Mexican Grill in Chandler wants to help you bring some life and flavor back into your holiday festivities. Check out these Mexican inspired recipes for drinks and cocktails to spark your creativity, and bring some spice to your seasonal get togethers!


What did you call me? No, it’s pronounced “or-CHAH-tah” and it is a very popular Mexican drink. Horchata is essentially a sweet rice milk beverage that you can find in many Mexican establishments. Horchata is a blend of rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and sugar, poured over ice and served nicely chilled. Need a little extra “holiday cheer” with your horchata? Add in a little rum, and you’ll be a happy Christmas elf in no time.


Can’t decide between beer or liquor? Good news! Micheladas are a blend of both! This delightful drink is a spicy Mexican beer and lime cocktail that will get you in the caroling mood in a hurry. Although it is typically a summer drink, it can bring just the right kind of refreshment and zip that you need during the holidays. The secret to this drink is the balance of flavors; there’s sweetness from the beer and lime, and a savoriness from hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Start with a glass rimmed with chili salt, pour in some lime juice, tomato juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Add a bit of salt, fill the glass with ice, and then top it all off with a lighter beer. If you don’t add all of the beer at once, you can continue to top it off as you drink! It’s the gift that keeps on giving. 

Jalapeño Margarita

Bored of straight-up margaritas? Add some kick with a jalapeño! This Mexican recipe actually requires a little bit of planning ahead of time, but it’s worth it. The night before your holiday get together, prepare your spicy margarita by piercing 8-10 holes in small- to medium-sized jalapeños (1 for every 6 drinks you plan on making), cutting them in half, and letting them marinate in tequila for 24 hours, covered and at room temperature. Plan on about 4 cups of tequila for every 6 margaritas you’re preparing. The next day, discard the peppers and run the tequila through a sieve to get rid of any seeds that may be left behind. At this point, it’s margarita business as usual- add Triple Sec, lime juice, lemon juice, honey for sweetness, a bit of salt, and stir. Serve this ice-cold over ice, and refrigerate any leftovers! If this all seems like too much work, well guess what! We serve this bad boy right here at Sandbar Mexican Grill!


This Mexican inspired cocktail is great if you’re preparing drinks at the last minute, because it is so simple. Do you have tequila and lime juice? If you don’t, what are you even doing with your life? Once you have those two ingredients, add 2oz of tequila to ½ oz of lime juice, and top it off with grapefruit soda. Done. Just like that, you have a refreshing cocktail with minimal fuss. Stop by Sandbar and try our Clooney Paloma if you want to try it before you make it- it has George Clooney & Rande Gerber’s Casamigos Blancos tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime, grapefruit juice and ginger beer! That’ll help you ring in the new year.

Bloody Maria

As the name suggests, this is a Mexican spin on the classic Bloody Mary cocktail. The big difference with this drink is the prevalence of tequila rather than vodka. Start off the same way you’d concoct a Bloody Mary with tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Here’s where it gets interesting- add Tapatio sauce (or another preferred brand of Mexican hot sauce), ½ tbsp of prepared horseradish, and 2oz of tequila! Throw in a pinch of celery salt and ground black pepper, and you’re set. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can garnish your Bloody Maria with a cucumber spear, jalapeño slices, and queso fresco! Cheese really is what was missing from all of these recipes. 


Okay, this one is a special treat. You’re going to prepare this drink for the people you hold most dear, because nothing says “I love you” like chocolate. You might need to exercise some kitchen prowess with this recipe, but if you’re looking to bring a Christmas sparkle to the eyes of your friends and family, this is how you do it. Boil 6 cups of water in a large sauce pan with a cinnamon stick and a ½ cup of sugar (or piloncillo, if you can find it.) Reduce heat and let it simmer until the sugar has melted, then add two Mexican chocolate tablets and let them dissolve, stirring occasionally. In a medium bowl, mix 2 cups of water with ¾ cup of corn flour and mix well, until there are no clumps and you have a creamy mixture. When the chocolate is dissolved, slowly add the corn flour mixture to the saucepan and stir, avoiding clumps when possible. Crank up the heat back to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 6-8 minutes while stirring. Let it cook until it has thickened up for about 5 more minutes, and there you have it- champurrado, chocolaty, spicy holiday delight. We didn’t mention any alcohol with this one, but hey, we didn’t say you couldn’t experiment, right?

Merry and Lit

We hope that these Mexican recipes for exciting drinks and cocktails has inspired you to be creative at your holiday parties this year. If you require more inspiration, we would like to invite you to join us at the best restaurant in Chandler and snag one of our own hand-crafted cocktails! We have the Clooney Paloma, Jalapeño and Strawberry Margaritas, Pineapple Mojitos, Malibu Mexi Coco, and a variety of seasonal frozen cocktails! We hope to see you this holiday season!