I’ll be honest, until a couple of years ago, I didn’t really know the origins of Cinco de Mayo or why it is a prominent holiday in the US. If you are like I was (it’s OK to admit it, this is a no-judgement zone), here’s a handy article on the holiday.
Even though I have learned that Cinco de Mayo is not limited to celebrating Mexican culture and food (though I do think salsa deserves its own holiday), I believe there’s nothing wrong with toasting Mexico’s victory in the battle of Puebla with a refreshing margarita.
My favorite is the classic margarita. As you can see, I celebrated a little early with a post dinner drink last night at one of my favorite places in DC, the courtyard at Poste Moderne Brasserie.
Though I don’t have the exact recipe Poste uses, here’s a simple one from Bon Appetit.
Enjoy later today while appreciating Mexican heritage, commemorating the battle of Puebla, or simply because it’s Monday.
Bon Appetit’s Classic Margarita
1 ½ oz. tequila
1 ½ oz. triple sec or Cointreau
1 to 1 ¼ oz. lime juice
Salt for the rim of the glass
Shake all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker until the exterior frosts. Strain into a glass over ice, or “up” into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.