Happy Cinco de Mayo!
History lessons teach us about the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Battle of Little Big Horn, and the Battle of the Bulge. The details of these historic events may not always be known despite their names ringing loud and familiar.
What about the Battle of Puebla? This battle was fought by the French and Mexico in late 1861. A large French force invaded Veracruz, Mexico and drove President Juarez' forces into retreat, until they arrived in Puebla.
On May 5, 1862 in Puebla, a considerably smaller and poorly equipped Mexican Army rose up and crushed the French, which was at the time considered the premier fighting force on the planet. May 5th? Now there's a date that rings a bell, even more so when written in Spanish: Cinco de Mayo. Aha!
The fete of Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by Mexican American communities all over the United States and has grown to represent a larger celebration of Mexican history and culture. As a nation, Mexico celebrates Independence Day on September 16th every year, but Diesiseis de Septiembre just doesn't have the same ring.
1 oz Fruitations Rio Red Grapefruit
½ oz lime juice
Salt for rimming (optional)
- Allison Goldberg