A lot of people celebrate Cinco De Mayo, but do you know what the holiday is really about?
Many Americans believe that Cinco De Mayo is Mexico’s independence day, but it's not. The literal translation, “Five of May”, is a date observed to celebrate the Mexican Army’s improbable defeat of the French on May 5th, 1862.
Many big cities around the US have cashed in on this celebration with parades and festivals, and Mexican restaurants are booked for dinner this day. Even non-latino Americans have embraced the cultural traditions
Cinco De Mayo style is all about incorporating traditional Mexican and Latino influences, which include vibrant colors, ruffles, bare shoulders, wide brim hats, and many other elements from the cultural styles in Latino fashion. Like the holiday, it should be fun, festive, and colorful! Below is an ensemble with a more modern twist (clickable image).
Of course, Americans love the popular Marquita drinks!... There are many types of margaritas, and many different flavors. A traditional margarita includes:
1 1/2 oz. tequila
1 1/2 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
1 to 1 1/4 oz. of lime juice
Salt for the rim of the glass
Traditional margaritas are served over ice with a salty rim, but some people like them frozen, it gives it a slightly sweeter, less potent taste. the combination of these ingredients tastes kind of like limeade without the fizz. Many different flavors have evolved with the Marquita.
Traditional margaritas are served over ice with a salty rim, but some people like them frozen, it gives it a slightly sweeter, less potent taste.
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Typical food served for Cinco De Mayo include all of the authentic Mexican classics: Tostadas, burritos, quesadillas, tacos, nachos and enchiladas, etc...
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Happy Cinco De Mayo!