I’m a big fan of Cinco de Mayo, as are many people in the United States. It’s fun! It’s in May, so it’s kind of warm! It’s a great reason to drink Margaritas and celebrate Mexican culture! I had a suspicion, though, that there was probably a more historical basis to the day that I was unaware of. A quick trip over to The History Channel's site enlightened me: Cinco de Mayo is actually commemorating part of the Franco-Mexican war, when the Mexican army achieved victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Regardless of where you are from, it's a great day to indulge in some delicious, traditional Mexican drinks. Aguas Frescas, literally translated as fresh waters, refers to a number of light and refreshing beverages commonly made from fruits, cereals, flowers, seeds, and water. You can make aguas frescas with a wide array of ingredients, but to encourage summer’s slow arrival here in Pennsylvania, we’re making a vibrant, cool, watermelon version!
Check back later this week for another delicious Cinco de Mayo beverage!