Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

What is this?  What should I wear?  What’s cookin’?

Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually observed September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s celebration of the unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

The party-filled Cinco de Mayo that Americans celebrate was created in the 1970’s and 1980’s when the US beer companies began to market to the Spanish-speaking population.  In the US, Cinco de Mayo is primarily a celebration of Mexican-American culture, with the largest event in Los Angeles, as reported by NBC New York.

This is a celebration! You should absolutely be wearing color.

According to the Smithsonian, the traditional dish eaten in the town of Puebla is Mole Poblano.  Make it.  It’s delicious.  Here is a link.

And to wash this down. . . a Margarita!

My father makes the most delicious margarita, EVER and I’m going to share this with you. 

Consider this a gift of love.

Muy Margarita on the rocks

1 1/2 Cups  Tequila (use the best you can get, you will thank me later)

1 Cup Triple-Sec

1 Cup Lime Juice (only freshly squeezed)

1/2 Cup Simple Syrup (Make your own, it’s easy. One cup water to one cup sugar, boiled & cooled)

2 1/3 Tbsp  Grand Marnier

I use large ice cubes.  They take longer to melt.