Bienvenido and Happy Cinco de Mayo! Because it is Thirsty Thursday I’ll definitely be sharing some Mexican inspired beverages, but first lets learn a little more about how this celebration came to be.
Cinco de Mayo, literally meaning the 5th of May in Spanish and marks the commemoration of the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battleof Pueblo on May 5, 1862. This celebration is often confused with being Mexico’s Independence day, but that is actually on September 16th.
In Mexico this day is not celebrated as a national holiday, but schools are closed in observance. The State of Pueblo however does honor it as an official holiday because that was where the battle took place.
The U.S. began celebrating the day back in the 1860s shortly after the battle was won. It’s reverence began in California and grew in popularity during the 1940s. This was because of the Chicano movement in California.The celebration spread to the rest of the U.S. during the 50s and 60s in areas where there were large Mexican-American populations. The celebration exploded in the 80s when beer companies started to capitalize on the day.
In 2006 President Bush urged the United States to observe this holiday for what it is. A day of celebration and learning of Mexican culture. These appropriate celebrations consist of learning more about Mexico’s culture and heritage through food, drink and other activities.
So now that I have taken care of the learning portion of today, you can enjoy your traditional Mexican feast. And you can accompany the meal with the national liquor of Mexico–tequila. Whether you prefer a classic margarita or a shot sit back and enjoy. Ole!
Want to make the perfect Margarita at home (well at least my favorite)? I have always been a favorite of classic things, and my margarita choice is now different. This specific recipe is taken from the food network. Here is what you will need:
lime juice (you can get this from juicing a lime or buy seperately)
orange flavored liqueur
super fine sugar
Run lime wedge around rim of glass, dip in course salt. Fill glass half way with ice. Fill shaker with 1 cup of tequila, 2/3 cup of lime juice, 1/3 cup of orange flavored liqueur, and two teaspoons of super fine sugar. Shake well and pour into 4 glasses.
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