Cinco de Mayo
We’ve survived another long winter in New England and, if you’re anything like us, you're excited about the idea of warmer days and colder cocktails!
Spring is in the air and with St. Patrick’s Day behind us we're looking forward to the next holiday where raising a drink is tradition, Cinco de Mayo. Many people celebrate this holiday with an after work margarita, but what are we really celebrating?
Cinco de Mayo — or fifth of May — commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.
Many people outside Mexico mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican independence, which was declared more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla. That event is commemorated on September 16, the anniversary of the revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s famous “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”), a call to arms that amounted to a declaration of war against Spanish colonial government in 1810.
Now that you’ve learned a little bit about the history of this holiday and exactly what we are celebrating, here are a few cocktail suggestions to really get you in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo!
Cinco de Mayo Tequila Cocktails:
Perfect Patron Margarita
Tiki Fan: Tiki Rita
Bring on the Heat: Spicy Margaritas
Grapefruit Lover: Paloma
Health-Conscious: St-Rita Cocktail
And for those who enjoy tequila straight (neat, on the rocks, or as a shooter) try: