For those who slept through history class and believe Cinco de Mayo celebrates the day the Aztecs created Tequila, you have been sorely misled.
Nor, smarty pants, does it commemorate Mexico’s independence from Spain, which, for the record, is September 16th.
So if Cinco de Mayo does not celebrate a Spanish ass-kicking, nor is it a 24-hour-long salute to the joys of the agave, then why do we chug as many Coronas as humanly possible every May fifth?
It’s the day our Mexican neighbors whooped some French ass. On May 5, 1862, 8000 French soldiers marching toward Mexico City with the aim of installing Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Austria as ruler, were annihilated by a band of Mexicans in the small town of Puebla.
Can’t we all just get along?
Why, yes. Behold French Mex, a joining not of one nation under God, but two nations, under burritos and wine.
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W Wine Boutique owner, French-native Eddy Le Garrec, is offering a pre Cinco De Mayo celebratory bash at his newly opened store this Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Pairing traditional Mexican foods provided courtesy of Lime (1439 Alton Road), Le Garrec will showcase a selection of France’s finest wines. The cost is $10.
“It’s free food and wine, and the ten bucks buys you a Reidel “O” series wine glass,” says Le Garrec. “And you get to take the glass home, too, as a sort of souvenir.”