Everybody loves to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but how many of you know the story behind it? It’s observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Here in the United States, Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) has become a celebration of Mexican heritage, filled with parties, food, fun, cervezas and of course, plenty of margaritas.
Since Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday this year (boo!), we decided to celebrate over the weekend, and our friends at Sauza Tequila supplied the most important ingredient of all.. the tequila!
The weather was just perfect, so we decided to have our party in the backyard. We transformed our ordinary table into something befitting of the holiday with a simple Mexican blanket and some other knick knacks we had lying around the house. Add in some festive music, plenty of chips and salsa to go around, along with pitchers of margaritas, and you’ve got the makings of one epic party.
You read that right, I said pitchers. Rather than get stuck playing bartender all night long, I whipped up a few pitchers of margaritas beforehand (one mild, one wild), which people could then help themselves to. This is the way to do it, as it gives you more time to mingle with my guests and partake in the festivities.
Here’s how you make them:
Sauza Classic Margarita (Serves 8)
- 1 ½ cups Sauza® Signature Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
- 1 cup lime juice
- ½ cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
- ½ cup simple syrup
Preparation: Add ingredients to pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into margarita glasses. Garnish with lime on the rim and serve. Salt rim is optional.
Sauza Cucumber Chili Margarita (Serves 8)
- 2 cups Sauza® Cucumber Chili Tequila
- 1 cup DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
- 2 cups Fresh Lemon Sour
- Juice of 6 whole limes
Preparation: Add ingredients to pitcher and stir. Pour over ice into margarita glasses. Garnish with lime on the rim and float a thin slice of cucumber. Salt rim is optional.
For even more Cinco de Mayo ideas, be sure to visit sauzatequila.com. So how are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Share your own #MyKindofCinco ideas below!
Photo Credit: Jackie Korang for Guys Gab