Often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is actually the celebration of an underdog victory over France and Napoleon III’s forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Although the victory was short lived and France did end up occupying Mexico for a few years, the day continues to be celebrated, especially in Puebla where it’s common to see parades, speeches, and battle reenactments.
Cinco de Mayo gained traction in 1960’s America when new Mexican immigrants were wanting a way to celebrate their heritage outside of Mexico. The holiday has taken on a whole new lease on life in the US thanks to some very clever marketing by both Mexican business owners and liquor and beer brands. It’s widely known that Americans drink more beer on Cinco de Mayo than on Super Bowl Sunday or St. Patrick’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo has even been celebrated at the White House under several presidencies.
Globally, many other countries have joined in the fun, eating Mexican food like tacos and churros, drinking Margaritas and dressing in festive costumes. The holiday continues to be a bold representation of resistance to foreign intervention in Mexico, and a chance for Mexican expats world over to come together to share and celebrate their heritage.
Here at the ARTMEXICO headquarters, we love to get the gang together to have a big cookout fiesta and to celebrate our mutual love for all things Mexican. Choosing to host a Cinco de Mayo party opens up a whole world of cool and colorful decoration ideas.
Cinco de Mayo Decorations
This year, we have a very special Cinco de Mayo papel picado banner and Cinco de Mayo table decorations that we’d like to introduce to you. These traditional handmade Mexican party decorations will make your Cinco de Mayo fiesta extra authentic, and super colourful! We recommend either pairing them with natural wood tones, like we’ve done at our dinner party, or going all out with Mexican placemats as well for a super color-crazy theme! We’ve even got the perfect refreshing spring cocktail to match:
Pepinito Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipe
- Sea salt or kosher salt, for rimming
- 1 litre bottle blanco tequila for infusing with cucumber (2 ½ ounces / 74ml per drink)
- 1 ounce (30ml) fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce (30ml) simple syrup
- .75oz (22ml) Cointreau
- 2 large cucumbers, sliced thinly to infuse, 1 cucumber slice per person to garnish
- Cocktail shaker and strainer
- To infuse the tequila, mix it with the 2 sliced cucumbers in a large mason jar or jug and let it infuse for at least 24 hours prior to your event. This can be stored chilled for up to 3 months.
- Using a lime wedge or your lime juice, wet the rim of your desired glass and dip it into the salt. Keep aside to dry.
- Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, cucumber-infused tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup and lime juice. Shake until chilled and strain into salted glasses.
- Garnish with cucumber and enjoy!
Happy Cinco de Mayo! - Viva la fiesta!