Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on May 5, is a vibrant and festive holiday commemorating the Mexican army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While it's often mistakenly thought of as Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually celebrated on September 16, Cinco de Mayo holds significant cultural importance, especially in regions with large Mexican American populations, such as the United States. It's a day filled with colorful parades, traditional music, lively dances, and delicious food and drinks.

Cinco de Mayo traces its origins back to the Battle of Puebla, a significant event during the French intervention in Mexico. Despite being outnumbered and outgunned, the Mexican army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, achieved a remarkable victory over the well-equipped French forces on May 5, 1862. This triumph boosted Mexican morale and symbolized the country's resilience in the face of foreign invasion.

While Cinco de Mayo is a significant celebration in the Mexican state of Puebla, its popularity has transcended Mexico's borders, particularly in the United States. This holiday has become a symbol of cultural pride and unity for the Mexican American community, fostering a sense of connection and belonging among its celebrants. Whether you're planning a cozy gathering with friends or a grand fiesta, the joy and excitement of celebrating Cinco de Mayo are boundless. There are countless ways to infuse your celebration with the vibrant spirit of this holiday, each one promising a memorable and enjoyable experience.

  • Set the mood with colorful decorations inspired by Mexican culture. Create a festive atmosphere that transports your guests to Mexico's lively streets. If you want to add extra color to your setting, opt for something like the Bormioli Rocco Romantic Glassware set. These are perfect for any spring celebration that calls for bright hues.
Romantic 10.75 oz. Stemware Cocktail Drinking Glasses


  • Create a playlist featuring traditional Mexican music genres such as mariachi, cumbia, salsa, and banda.
  • Educate your guests about the history and significance of Cinco de Mayo with fun activities like trivia quizzes or storytelling sessions. You could also showcase Mexican artwork or screen a classic Mexican film.
  • Mexican food is a delicacy enjoyed worldwide. A great idea is to support a Mexican-owned restaurant and explore everything this cuisine offers.

Let's move on to the culinary delights that will make your Cinco de Mayo fiesta shine. No celebration is complete without some classic cocktails inspired by Mexican flavors.

Classic Margarita

Legend has it that in 1938, Carlos "Danny" Herrera created the margarita at his restaurant, Rancho La Gloria. He crafted it for Marjorie King, a former Ziegfeld dancer allergic to most spirits but not tequila.

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Salt for rimming the glass
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Rim the glass with salt by rubbing a lime wedge around the rim and dipping it into salt. Fill the glass with ice. In a shaker, combine tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Shake well. Strain the mixture into the prepared glass over ice. Serve in Bormioli Rocco Bartender Novecento Coupe. Garnish with a lime wedge, and enjoy!

Bormioli Rocco Bartender 8.5 oz. Novecento Cocktail Coupe



The drink's origins remain elusive, shrouded in mystery, and historians still debate its exact inception. For years, Don Javier Delgado Corona, proprietor of La Capilla, Jalisco's oldest bar, was widely attributed as the mastermind behind the Paloma cocktail.

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • Grapefruit soda
  • Salt for rimming the glass
  • Grapefruit wedge for garnish

Rim a glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice. Add tequila and lime juice to the glass. Top with grapefruit soda. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and serve in Bormioli Rocco Bartender Glass.

Bormioli Rocco Bartender 13.25 oz. Lounge DOF Drinking Glasses

Cinco de Mayo is a joyous occasion to celebrate Mexican culture, history, and heritage. Whether you're raising a glass of margarita, savoring the flavors of tacos al pastor, or dancing to the rhythmic beats of mariachi music, let this festive holiday be a reminder of the resilience and spirit of the Mexican people. So gather your friends, and indulge in a Cinco de Mayo fiesta that's filled with camaraderie, laughter, and delicious comida y bebidas! ¡Salud!

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