Cinco de Mayo, that coincidentally falls on May 5, commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the USA Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexican Independence that actually came 50 years previous to the battle at Puebla.
Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, while in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration and for many an excuse to misbehave (See St. Patrick’s Day) for some. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.
For me it’s a great opportunity to welcome spring while enjoying the great food and drink treasures of Mexico.
Cocktails For Cinco de Mayo
- Mint Julio – Sometimes cocktail ideas arrive in the oddest of situations. Clearly the Derby was part of the inspiration… See the Story and get the Recipe
- Michelada – The Michelada is a wildly popular drink in Latin America and Mexico. It’s ultra refreshing… See the Story and get the Recipe
- Cinco de Mayo – On dedicated party days, you need a drink that you can sip rather than gulp. Getting through the day with pleasure and great flavors is paramount but keeping your wits is a good idea as well. See the Story and get the Recipe
- Margarita – Without a doubt this is the most popular cocktail of the day in America. Considering that so many bars serve bad if not horrible versions of the Margarita consider making your own. See the Story and get the Recipe
Of course, Cinco de Mayo is a great time to enjoy great Agave Spirits like Tequila and Mezcal.
If you are hungry, try some Tequila Shrimp!