Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French forces at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862 ( What happened in 1862 in Cocktail history? If you are a Cocktailgeek you should know by now, it involves a Professor).
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day like many think, which is actually September 16.
It’s always a good time to toast one of Mexico’s most beloved exports, the Margarita, especially today, Cinco de Mayo. In its classic form—tequila, lime juice and Cointreau or Triple Sec, served in a glass with a salted rim—it is a perfect combination of sweet, salty and sour.
The origin of the cocktail is actually unknown. Although there are several versions, no one has been able to pinpoint which one is true. One involves a Dallas socialite named Margarita Sames and her vacation to Acapulco.
Another popular myth goes that restaurant owner Danny Herrera, of the Rancho La Gloria, near Tijuana, Mexico, mixed and named this cocktail specially for American actress Marjorie King, since she was allergic to every spirit except tequila. Margarita is Spanish for Marjorie.