We’ve got a big weekend coming up, people. It’s the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and Cinco de Mayo on Sunday. Both are perfect excuses for themed drinks.
For example, did you know that the mint julep has been promoted by Churchill Downs in association with the Kentucky Derby since 1938? Yeah, me either. And each year almost 120,000 juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, virtually all of them in specially made collectible glasses.
Cinco de Mayo? Not a celebration of Mexican independence, as it turns out. Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16. May 5, 1862 was actually the day the Mexican army won a seemingly impossible battle against France. But, today it’s best known as a day to celebrate all things Mexico, including tequila. (And, in DC at least, racing chihuahuas)
I”m astounded by the fact that the U.S. consumers twice as much tequila as Mexico!
I’m not a big bourbon drinker, nor tequila drinker, so I’ll probably just celebrate with a cold beer. Whatever you’re doing this weekend, stay thirsty, my friends. And be safe. You never know when a speeding chihuahua will come along and take you out at the ankles.