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The Don Francisco Margarita, in a rocks glass, topped with a marigold and garnished with a salt rim and orange slice. The cocktail glass is sitting next to another marigold on a wooden table.

How to Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Las Vegas

Make this colorful cocktail for a festive Day of the Dead celebration.

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From October 31 to November 2, families gather all across Mexico to feast, to celebrate, and to honor a proud tradition that dates back to the Aztecs and other Nahua people. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is all about celebrating those who have passed on before. And this year’s holiday might look different around the ofrenda — but you can still raise a glass.

Hornitos has a perfect cocktail recipe for the festivities: the Don Francisco Margarita. Or you can socially distance at a local Las Vegas bar to grab a unique cocktail featuring — what else? — tequila. At Lindo Michoacán, you can grab a mean Hornito’s Margarita. Or because there’s nothing like capping out a Vegas weekend with a poolside margarita, you might try The Treasure Island Pool and Cabanas or the Go Pool at the Flamingo.

Whether you grab a drink from these great venues or make some at home, be sure to celebrate with the full joy of the holiday. Because no matter how you celebrate, the spirit of Día de los Muertos doesn’t waver. It’s all about reuniting loved ones — no matter where or how.


Don Francisco Margarita Recipe

Hornitos founder Don Francisco was a tequila pioneer who wasn’t shy about taking chances to make great tequila — from creating Reposado before it was even a word to putting his own spin on a classic margarita. Hornitos gives the man his due through this namesake margarita, which is light and tangy, with a twist of sweetness.

Ingredients:

2 parts Hornitos Plata or Reposado

1 part orange juice

½ part freshly squeezed lime juice

¾ part honey syrup (instructions below)

Optional garnishes: lime wheel or wedge, orange wheel, edible marigold, salt-and-chili rim

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (minus any garnishes) into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish if you like, and enjoy.

To make honey syrup:

Combine equal parts honey and hot water. Stir until honey is fully dissolved. Let cool. Store refrigerated in an airtight container, up to three weeks.


Las Vegas Bars to Toast to Día de los Muertos with Hornitos Tequila

Lindo Michoacán — The Hornitos Margarita here is the perfect cocktail for toasting. 10082 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas

Go Pool at the Flamingo — The Cadillac Margarita says “Vegas,” and it also says “celebration.” 3555 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas

Treasure Island Pool and Cabanas — You can’t go wrong with the classic Margarita here, in lime, strawberry, or mango flavors. 3300 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas

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