While many Americans look forward to Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to enjoy a cold marg and tacos, and often mistake the date for Mexico’s Independence Day, which is Sept. 16, theholiday actually celebrates a great victory in the country’s history, when it defeated France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
The triumph inspired the Mexican people and, six years later, the French were finally driven out of Mexico for good. Today, in the U.S., the holiday more broadly celebrates Mexican culture as a whole.
So, to pay homage to the rich culture of Mexico, we’re cooking up some mouthwatering recipes from Mexican and Mexican American chefs — including, of course, cold margs and tacos.
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If you’re not familiar with dragon fruit (also called pitaya), definitely give it a try in this cocktail. It has a flavor that’s reminiscent of kiwi,