What is Cinco de Mayo?
Is it a Mexican celebration of independence? The day the margarita was created?
It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. It grew in popularity and evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, first in areas with large Mexican-American populations, like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.
Today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, even going as far as getting a Concurrent Resolution from President George W. Bush to observe May 5th (or Cinco de Mayo) with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Now that this is clarified, let’s get to the real reason we enjoy Cinco de Mayo…
Here is a round up of five must try margarita recipes you or your favorite bartender can whip up as you and your friends find delight in observing this nationally celebrated day of the year.
Spice It Up: The Orange Jalapeno Margarita
Prickly Pear Margarita Recipe
Cool As a Cucumber – Summer Margarita Recipe
POM Thyme Margarita Recipe
The Guilt-free Skinny Margarita
Learn more margarita recipes to enjoy during your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Drink responsibly!