Cinco De Mayo is fast approaching in all its bright coloured, delicious food, strong beverage glory, yet many are still confused about what they are actually celebrating. To cut a long, historically complex story short, Cinco De Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican army’s triumph over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th 1862. It is not a festival observing the independence of Mexico from Spain as many would believe. So what has it become and why is it such a big deal?
Celebrating Hispanic Culture
Mexico observes the festival, but the USA has taken it to a whole new level, in a good old American way, by combining the beautiful culture of Mexico, yet revelling in all the familiarities such as Margaritas, nachos and tacos. The festival is a great reason for a party with lots of alcohol, music, dancing and sombreros. This year, be extra culture savvy and try something a little different by indulging in a mezcal, which is like the grandfather of tequila, (not as smooth but deep in character) from the heart of the Agave plant. Or how about a wine from Mexican winemakers L.A. Cetto and their 2011 Chardonnay, with its notes of fresh summer meadows and wild flowers?