Ok, this is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because my two favorite things in the world are margaritas and chips. But I did a little research this morning, and as it turns out, the origins of Cinco de Mayo as a holiday are not just an excuse to drink and have fun (like they are for the 4th of July and Christmas).
According to Wikipedia, “Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a voluntarily observed holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.” Interesting. What’s even more interesting? Cinco de Mayo is only really celebrated in the Mexican state of Puebla and the United States. WTF? Either we Americans really hate the French, or we’ll really use any excuse to drink and eat chips (seriously, two of my favorite things.)
Either way, the weather is going to be beautiful today, and I fully intend to enjoy this Cinco de Mayo to the fullest. So you guys aren’t left out of all the fun, follow the steps below to create your own margarita at home tonight!
1 cup of ice
1 container of frozen limeade
1 1/2 oz of tequila
1/2 oz of Cointreau
3 oz of sour mix
salt or sugar (optional)
1. Scoop and place the ice cubes in the blender.
2. Pour the Triple Sec, lime juice, tequila, and sour mix on top of the ice.
3. Blend everything together until you get a smooth mixture.
5. Pour the mixture into glasses and enjoy.
Wasn’t that easy?
And, for more examples of how Americans only need one excuse to drink, see Time magazine’s Top 10 Drunkest Holidays.