Best Foods and Wines to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
The Fifth of May—Cinco de Mayo—offers more than just an opportunity to make and eat your favorite Mexican-inspired dishes. It's an interesting cultural celebration that marks a milestone in Mexico's development as a country.
The day marks a historic victory by the Mexican Army in 1862. Though outmatched in numbers and experience, the Mexican Army managed to rout the French Army outside of Mexico City in a historic fight that's become known as the Battle of Puebla. Four months after the victory, the Mexican president declared May 5 a national holiday.
Since then, Cinco de Mayo has been a celebration of Mexican culture by Mexican and non-Mexican populations alike, with lots of great food and drinks. The gatherings can be formal and big or casual and small. Some cities celebrate with Mexican folk dancing and mariachi music.
Want to mark Cinco de Mayo in your own way? Try:
- Making tacos or enchiladas. If you like your dishes spicy, go for a colder, sweeter chardonnay for balance.
- Cooking a traditional mole, which is a thick, rich sauce made with ingredients like chilies, black pepper, cumin, cloves, tomatoes, garlic, dried fruit, and sometimes even chocolate. If serving it over beef, open a cabernet sauvignon to pour and sip.
- Discovering new recipes, like Publix's own Rotisserie Chicken Enchiladas and Guacamole-Salsa Salad, Chili Con Carne with Queso Nachos, and Lasagna Mexicana recipes. In general, the more herbs your dish has, the more you'll want an acidic wine for pairing—like sauvignon blanc.
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