Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with great gusto in North America – but why and where did it come from? It is not Mexican Independence Day, as is often thought – that falls on September 16th – but, originally anyway, a commemoration of a single battle that occurred when France sent troops into Veracruz. A battalion of 2000 men, mostly of indigenous Mexican descent were gathered to fight the much better outfitted and prepared French army. The underdogs won and the shiny troops from France were sent packing which garnered a symbolic victory for Mexico.
While a nominal holiday within Mexico we to the north have embraced it fully with celebrations of Mexican culture, including of course food and beverages like Tequila. So what better way to get into Cinco de Mayo than with Margaritas at home with a couple of our favourite regular -drinking tequilas.
Tequila is arguably Mexico’s most popular export – tied with Tacos maybe? – and here in Alberta we are lucky to have many to choose from, but what makes tequila the special spirit that it is? Like Champagne and Scotch Tequila must come from specific areas in Mexico, mostly around the town of Tequila and it must be made from the Blue Agave plant. All Tequila is Mezcal but not all Mezcal is Tequila.