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Cinco de Mayo


As we all celebrate Mexican-American culture today with Mexican food and tequila, most Americans need an annual reminder that the holiday does not commemorate Mexico's independence. That's Mexican Independence Day, and it falls on September 16th. Even as the holiday becomes more popular year after year, only 40% of Americans know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, according to a YouGov survey. The holiday actually commemorates Mexico's victory over French invaders at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. (USA Today)

It’s also become a holiday associated with drinking. In fact, Cinco de Mayo has become one of the top drinking holidays in the U.S. – right up there with St. Patrick’s Day, July 4th, New Year’s Eve, and Super Bowl Sunday. (Time)

Speaking of Cinco De Mayo and drinking … Many a margarita will be had today. On the rocks or frozen, salt, no salt, or sugar, the options are endless. And preferences can be regional as well. Here’s how some states prefer their marg:

•     Arizona – Classic margarita made with Jose Cuervo on the rocks with sea salt on the rim

•     Louisiana – Spicy margarita made with Patron, frozen with regular salt. 

•     New York – Mango margarita made with Patron, on the rocks with sea salt on the rim. 

•     Texas – Classic margarita made with Patron, on the rocks with sea salt. 

•     New Mexico – Passionfruit margarita with Don Julio, on the rocks with sea salt. 

•     West Virginia – Strawberry margarita with Jose Cuervo, frozen with sugar on the rim.

Overall, the top combo is the classic with Patron, on the rocks with sea salt.


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