Make It A Delicious Cinco De Mayo with a Berry Mock-A-Rita by SUNWINK!
Updated: Oct 3, 2022
Before I share this mocktail recipe, I wanted to give a little background on Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May. It is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Thursday, May 5 in 2022, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture & heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. Instead, it commemorates a single battle. In 1861, Benito Juárez—a lawyer & member of the Indigenous Zapotec tribe—was elected president of Mexico. At the time, the country was in financial ruin after years of internal strife & the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments.
In response, France, Britain & Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz, Mexico, demanding repayment. Britain & Spain negotiated with Mexico & withdrew their forces.
The Battle of Puebla
Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a ragtag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either Indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry & sent them to Puebla.
The vastly outnumbered & poorly supplied Mexicans, led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza, fortified the town & prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez gathered his army—supported by heavy artillery—before the city of Puebla & led an assault.
The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening & when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash.
Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s success at the Battle of Puebla on May 5 represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government & bolstered the resistance movement.
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Immunity Berry Tonic by Sunwink (get it here)
Handful of Blackberries
Half a Lime
Fresh Mint sprig
3 - 4 drops of Agave
Muddle 3 - 5 Blackberries in desired glass
Drop ice into your glass
Pour Immunity Berry Tonic by Sunwink into your glass
Squeeze half a lime
Add 3 - 4 drops of agave (sweeten to your liking)
Garnish with a fresh mint sprig