You might’ve celebrated Cinco de Mayo, but how much do you know about this holiday? What many mistake as a celebration of Mexico’s independence actually commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla, when France was defeated. Now, every May 5 is regarded as much more than the anniversary of a battle, as millions celebrate Mexican-American culture with delicious food and, of course, tequila. At Columbia Distributing, Cinco de Mayo is our opportunity to highlight the history of tequila in association with the holiday.
The Evolution of Tequila
Tequila’s storied past begins in 1000 B.C., when the Mayans and Aztecs invented pulque, the first known alcoholic beverage introduced to North America. Fermented from the sap of the agave plant, pulque served as the starting point for what would eventually become modern-day tequila. When the blue agave plant was discovered in 1525, tequila production took off. Now, the spirit is a staple around the world, as many treat themselves with drinks like margaritas or a straight shot with salt and lime – especially on Cinco de Mayo.
Taste of Cinco de Mayo
Not only is tequila considered the national drink of Mexico, but it would be almost impossible to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the United States without it. Historical significance aside, drinking tequila for Cinco de Mayo (and any other time, for that matter) is an experience your taste buds are unlikely to forget. On its own, tequila boasts aromatic qualities and features flavors such as cucumber, honey, pepper and vanilla. For deeper, tannic notes, like woody flavors or chocolate, try tequila that is labeled as “anejo” or “extra anejo.” These translate into “old” or “very old,” respectively, meaning they have been aged over longer periods of time in casks.
Upholding Mexican Tradition
The word tequila, derived from an ancient Aztec language, roughly translates to “the place where plants are harvested.” With every sip, you are celebrating the land tequila comes from and the people who discovered it, making it the perfect drink for Cinco de Mayo. To learn more about available tequilas, other spirits and our full assortment of beverages, contact Columbia Distributing today.