In Mexico we are well known for our joyful spirit and festive nature, and we truly won’t say no to any ‘excuse’ to celebrate life and the people around us. As Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) is approaching, and many festivities on this day are planned especially with our neighbors in the Unites States, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of plans to celebrate here at Capella Ixtapa. I am particularly excited about the signature cocktail created by our mixologist, Miguel– I can’t wait to share it with you!
There is more to Cinco de mayo than just guacamole, nachos and tequila! Cinco de Mayo is an important day in the history of Mexico, but, contrary to a belief of many, it is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16th. On May 5th we celebrate The Day of The Battle of Puebla (El Día de la Batalla de Puebla), which commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army. In May 1862, a powerful French army was fighting its way to Mexico City. The French army was well-armed, well-disciplined and was efficiently destroying all resistance on its march to the Mexican capital. Outside of the town of Puebla, however, a most unlikely thing happened: Mexican soldiers, most of them with no training and poor equipment, defeated the French.
In truth, Cinco de Mayo is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the town and state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico. However, here at Capella Ixtapa we definitely won’t say no to a celebration! Our Mixologist Miguel is delighted to share with you a recipe for one of his most popular signature cocktails, the Mango Margarita:
- 1.5 oz. Tequila Maestro Tequilero reposado
- 1.5 oz orange juice
- 1 oz cointreau
- agave néctar
- mango syrup or concentrate
- salt for glass rim
- Rim glass with salt and fill with ice.
- Add tequila, juice, Cointreau, agave and mango syrup or concentrate to a shaker & shake vigorously.
- Strain the contents over crushed ice or ice cubes.
- Garnish with star fruit or with a bougainvillea flower.
Salud and happy Cinco de Mayo!