Today is May 1, which means that in four days, it will be a day of celebration for many – Cinco de Mayo!
Per the History Channel, “Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.”
I subscribe to the magazine, Texas Monthly, and this month’s issue had a promotion in it that is titled, “Elevate Your Margarita”. They published 18 recipes which you can make at home and then vote for your favorite online. The name and recipe of each margarita is creative and different, but I think my personal favorite (the name) is “Hell Freezes Over”. (Might be a Southern thing.)
As for the creation of the margarita itself, the magazine and its web page state, “Acapulco, 1948. A lovely villa with a pool overlooking the Pacific. Challenged by her friends (who included John Wayne and hotelier Nick Hilton) to come up with a new cocktail, Dallas socialite Margarita Sames concocted a refreshing quaff using limes, local tequila and Cointreau. Hilton began serving the cocktail, now called Margarita, at the Acapulco Hilton. The rest is history.”
Take a gander and let me know what your favorite is, or if you have a completely different version you like to enjoy.
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Sources: History.com and Texas Monthly.