Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate the Mexican culture with parties, parades, and of course, delicious food and drink. May 5th is often one of the first warm, sunny days of the year and many people need little reason to get out and enjoy a Mexican feast with friends and family. And this year, more than ever, we can all use a little time in the sun.
A Little Cinco de Mayo History
Despite its origins south of the border, Cinco de Mayo is actually more avidly celebrated in the United States than in Mexico. The first Cinco de Mayo celebrations recognized the battle of Puebla in 1862 when the small Mexican army defeated the mighty French empire.
Later, during the Civil War in 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted a "Good Neighbor Policy" to improve relations with Latin-American countries. Roosevelt also encouraged Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the States to boost morale and patriotism among Mexican-Americans.
Eventually, the day became a yearly opportunity for Americans of all backgrounds to celebrate Mexican culture.
How is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated?
Today, Cinco de Mayo celebrations across the US feature vibrant, colorful displays of Mexican heritage. May 5th is a day for parades, music, performances, and spirited gatherings. And perhaps most importantly, it's a day of feasting.
For a taste of Puebla itself, Cinco de Mayo celebrators enjoy traditional dishes like:
- Mole Poblano, a dish of poblano peppers coated in a thick, dark mole sauce. There are nearly as many mole recipes as there are homes in Puebla. But some of the best moles get a deep, caramel flavor from a stout. To put a refreshing non-alcoholic spin on your mole this Cinco de Mayo, the Bravus Oatmeal Stout adds incredible depth of flavor to enhance the smoky nuttiness and chocolate notes of mole.
- Tacos Árabes is a hand-held meal of slow-roasted shredded pork served in a split-top pita. The key to perfecting this Puebla delicacy is to top every taco with a flavorful and zesty chipotle salsa. Give your salsa an extra kick of flavor and vibrancy with a splash (or two) of Raspberry Gose.
- Memelas in Puebla is made by filling corn masa dough with savory bean stuffing. They're served with salsa, cheese, and other flavorful toppings and are best paired with a refreshing and light Blonde Ale to counteract some of the richness in this hearty street food.
About Bravus' Beer
This year, have a Cinco de Mayo to remember with Bravus. We are North America's first brewery dedicated to non-alcoholic craft beer. Thanks to a proprietary brewing process, we create award-winning craft beers that taste exactly like their alcoholic counterparts.
Our beers are 100% vegan, dairy-free, gluten-reduced, and contain around 100 calories per can. They're just as versatile for cooking as they are for pairing with your favorite dishes from around the world.
And of course, for celebrating Cinco de Mayo, and every day.