Cinco actually marks victory in the Battle of La Puebla.
So, I celebrate by contemplating
La Margarita Perfecta,
con mucho tequila,
y jugo de limon fresca
para hacerme tranquila.
Cinco de Mayo makes me miss these perfect cocktails
and so many other things associated with my native San Antonio:
Cuando Caliente El Sol,
bailando la polka,
la comida, la comida, la comida!
$4 enchiladas (if you know where to go),
The Battle of Flowers Parade,
But, most of all, La Cultura Mexicana,
that held and surrounded me
The translation, for those who cannot bear my barely passable Spanish, is this: a Margarita is so much more. it represents my origin. I’m not Hispanic, but thanks to where I grew up, I have a history that is rich, and full and beautiful, and I never felt like I didn’t belong.
By the way, the recipe for the Margarita is as follows:
1/3 Tequila, 1/3 fresh lime juice or Rosie’s Lime Juice
and 1/3 Triple Sec, or Grand Marnier if you are going high- brow.
This very recipe
mysteriously caused my neighbor’s swimming
pool and back yard to be submerged in drifts
of bubbles 5 feet high– like Estee Lauder scented snow.
It started in their hot- tub
and spread like Ebola, and was one heck of a fiesta.
Let the Fiesta begin!