The Battle of Puebla
Published on May 05, 2014
There is something different about today. It’s Monday, and Mondays are always a little strange. Maybe it’s those colorful flags intentionally draped between two monotone office buildings around the corner. It’s a nice pop of color. You nod approvingly and keep moving. Then as you pass by the Tex-Mex lunch spot, you glimpse some streamers just beyond the life-size cutout of the “Most Interesting Man in the World” promoting Dos Equis. Everything suddenly seems clear. The city is not promoting random acts of civil decoration; it’s Cinco de Mayo today and folks are getting ready for the big dance. Traditionally we know what a Cinco de Mayo party looks like. You’re never never going to be too far from a Corona or Margarita, but we also know that there have been some significant advances in Tequila technology recently. We also know that Cinco de Mayo has deep cultural roots. So we turned to our resident mixologist Rob - aka Bob, aka Bob Box - to craft us a Cinco De Mayo cocktail to help us get a better grip on this holiday. The result is "The Battle of Puebla”. It’s a history lesson in a glass, and a great way to celebrate the moment. ----------------------------------- For some context and perspective, it’s good to know a little more about Cinco de Mayo. It turns out that today is the celebration of the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, where Mexico fought and won an unlikely victory over the French in 1862. Why were the French fighting in Mexico? Apparently Mexico owed a lot of countries a lot of money, but due to its own wars, was nearly bankrupt and was unable to pay. So Napoleon sent an army to Mexico to make them pay up, but apparently some historians also think that Napoleon saw the concurrent American Civil War as the perfect time to establish a new French empire in Mexico by aiding the Confederacy in dismantling the Union. So, it appears that if Mexico hadn't won the Battle of Puebla, US history might have been very, very different.