Cinco de Mayo is a thoroughly transnational holiday. It celebrates the victory of Mexico over a much better-equipped French army during the 19th Century, and is not a National Holiday in Mexico today (although schools are closed nationwide on the day). Only the Mexican States of Puebla and Veracruz recognize the day as an official holiday. By contrast, Mexican-Americans in California have long celebrated the day, and it has spread nationwide over the last century as a celebration of Mexican-American heritage.
There are several ways to celebrate the day, from enjoying margaritas and mariachis to tacos and tequila. Here’s a list of (appropriately) fives ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in 2016.
With luxury tequila
Two great tequilas to celebrate with are Reserva de la Familia and 1800 Milenio. Reserve de la Familia is an extra aged tequila aged in French and American oak barrels for 3 years on average, with batches aged up to 30 years added to the final blend. Each bottle comes in a wooden box adorned with artwork from a Mexican artist hand-chosen by the Jose Cuervo family. 1800 Milenio is an extra-aged anejo tequila, aged for forty months in American oak barrels before being finished for four more months in French oak barrels. Both tequilas are a fine sipping alternative to the sugary margaritas that tend to color the celebrations.
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