Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is a yearly celebration which commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863.
More popular in the United States than Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.
The day gained nationwide popularity beyond those of Mexican-American heritage in the 1980s due to advertising campaigns by beer, wine, and tequila companies.
Today, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl.
National Margarita Day seeks to appreciate the tequila-based alcoholic cocktail.
A margarita is a cocktail made of tequila, triple sec, and either lime or lemon juice served in a glass with salt on the rim.
The origin of the margarita is unclear as many bartenders around the world have laid claim to the drink’s creation. Several bartenders and restaurant owners in Mexico allege to have created the drink for a female friend with a name similar to Margarita.
Well, they get no argument from us, but have you heard any of that before? Mrs Farrell, creator of Hattingdon Horses, lived in Texas 20+ years and was exposed to numerous margaritas, and has not. Or perhaps she just can’t remember.
According to Cointreau US, “The Original Margarita was created when Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed her two favorite spirits, Cointreau and tequila, together with lime juice, while on vacation in Acapulco back in 1948. This original recipe has stood the test of over 70 years’ time.”
National Margarita Day is believed to have emerged in the 1990s. It is observed annually on February 22nd.