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The ‘nipyata’ is a piñata filled with tiny bottles of booze

Happy Cinco de Drinko, as they say.


Marisa Kabas


Posted on May 5, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 10:06 pm CDT

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Or, as they say in some circles, happy Cinco de Drinko. And what better way to celebrate this culturally-appropriated holiday than with a piñata filled with booze?

Feast your eyes and gird up your livers: introducing the “Nipyata,” a piñata filled with tiny bottles of alcohol better known as nips. 

If you’re a traditionalist, there’s a “Stay Classy Burrito” Nipyata in the shape of a donkey, with contains nips of Fireball, Svedka, Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Dr. McGillicuddy’s, Peachtree and Captain Morgans. 

If you’d like to get a little more edgy with your Mexican-themed celebrations, there’s a beer bottle-shaped Nipyata to add some fratty flair. But the twist is that this beer bottle is actually filled with liquor.

And if you really feel like going all out this year, there’s “El Jefe” Nipyata, which includes 30 nips contained in a tequila bottle-shaped piñata for a cool $129.99. 

The company was started by two brothers in New Jersey who began this grand tradition, as well as other acts of cultural appropriation, when they were in school.

“We used to make homemade piñatas with nips inside in college,” said Will Hench, one of the brothers, told “My friend always brought one and sombreros and fake mustaches.” (Note: It’s not really OK to do this on Cinco de Mayo.) 

A group of intrepid coworkers procured a Nipyata for their annual Cinco de Mayo office soiree. If this video is any indication, swinging at a nipyata is just as frustrating as swinging at a regular piñata. But the reward is far greater.

So have a friend spin you around a few times, bust that thing open, and drink a few nips. Then ask a friend to grab a stopwatch so you can see how long it takes you to puke.

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*First Published: May 5, 2015, 2:00 pm CDT