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SANGRIA

El Patio: Sangria ($5 glass, $18 pitcher)

Crisp and refreshing, this rosy sangria tastes like paradise in a glass. The trick to its island-like flavor? OJ, cherry juice and lots of fruit wedges. Skip the go-to marg and celebrate with a pitcher of this sweet stuff instead.

Dos Rios: Sangria Blanco ($8 glass, $24 pitcher)

A pitcher of this patio-friendly sangria is a must for Cinco de Mayo. Made with pinot grigio, peach brandy, Smirnoff and mango sorbet vodka, a few sips of this and you'll be feeling party-ready in no time. Lemonade and orange juice help tame the boozy flavors.

Malo: Sangria Blanco or Roja ($5 glass)

Craving a potent sangria? Look no further than Malo's signature blanco, featuring four hits of fruit-infused booze: white wine, brandy, rum and triple sec. Prefer the Rojo? Go for it — either one makes for a (very) happy hour.

— Andrea Crowley

MARGARITAS

El Patio's Azul Margarita ($4.75 glass/ $17 pitcher)

Order a carafe of the blue juice concocted with the orange-flavored blue curacao and tequila (of course) paired with a basket of chips and salsa.

Mi Mexico: Housemade Margarita on the Rocks ($7.95)

What upon first glance looks like a small glass, the Mi Mexico marg means a toppling Jose Cuervo tequila kick. Skip the extra flavoring and keep it classic. The fresh limes work their magic and the south of the border potion is served with glass and shaker so not a drop is spared.

Dos Rios: Dos Rios Margarita ($6 glass/$19 pitcher)

Make a mental reminder that happy hour is every Monday through Thursday 4 to 7 p.m. at the downtown cantina. This calls for a $5 glass of the good, salt-rimmed stuff — the classic Dos Rios Margarita. All of the margaritas are made-to-order. Blue agave-based Gold Tequila tangos with Triple Sec to the cues given by the house concocted sour mix.

— Mackensie Smith

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