If you like tequila, mezcal and the cuisine and culture of Mexico, why should you celebrate September 16th?
Because it’s Mexican Independence Day.
In the U.S., the holiday Americans celebrate is Cinco de Mayo. But Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico. More Americans celebrate it than Mexicans!
Here’s the scoop on Mexican Independence Day, commemorating the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence from Spanish colonial rule in 1810—the biggest holiday celebration in Mexico.
Why do Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
The date commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over superior French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is celebrated locally in the city and state of Puebla, in south-central Mexico.
A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the U.S. Cinco de Mayo has taken on a life of its own. It has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations, and many non-Mexican fans of the cuisine. Here’s more on the holiday.
So what’s today’s tip?
Celebrate with some chile-infused liqueur.
ANCHO REYES LIQUEUR
In 1927, the Reyes family of Puebla, Mexico made a homemade liqueur from the area’s ample ancho chile crop. Fortunately, they decided to make it commercially.
We love its smoky heat, for mixing, sipping neat, in marinades or for drizzling over lemon or lime sorbet.
It’s not simple, sweet heat: Beyond the smoky chile are notes of cinnamon, cocoa, herbs and tamarind (maybe more depending on the sensitivity of your palate).
Here’s a detailed story in pictures of how the chiles are grown and infused to become Ancho Reyes.
We’ve seen it on Wine-Tracker from $29.99 to a high of $48.99.
RECIPE: IN NOBLE FASHION (TEQUILA & ANCHO CHILE LIQUEUR)
We really enjoyed this cocktail from Casa Noble Tequila (here are more recipes).
The recipe specifies reposado tequila, slightly aged (a minimum of two months by law): Casa Noble reposed is matured in French white oak barrels for 364 days!
We had only silver/blanco, but it was delicious just the same. (Here are the different types of tequila.)
1.5 ounces reposado tequila
.5 ounce ancho chile liqueur
.25 ounce simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
2 drops mole bitters
Garnish: orange peel