When you get wasted on Coronas on May 5, you do it because the calendar says so, not necessarily because you're excited that Mexico defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla that day in 1862. In fact, you probably think you're knocking back brews for the country's independence. Guess again, bro. Mexican Independence Day is September 16, the day the country began its fight against Spanish rule. So this year, you can celebrate our neighbor's freedom twice a year and know exactly why. Join other revelers at Cantina Beach at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne this Tuesday at 6 p.m. for Viva, Mexico, where you'll get to savor traditional cuisine and cocktails at this outpost of authentic south-of-the-border food. As the live countdown to independence day is broadcast from Mexico City, nosh on pork carnitas and be schooled in the finer details of tequila shots by South Florida's only tequilier. For reservations, call 305-365-4286.
Tue., Sept. 15, 6 p.m., 2009