While in Puerto Vallarta, my family and I bacame a local fellow who told us - to my surprise - that Cinco de Mayo is not a public holiday in Mexico and is not as enthusiastically celebrated as it is around the world.
In the United States and here in Canada, we welcome the day as an occasion to celebrate and enjoy Mexican food and culture. But in Mexico, the day commemorates a battle that took place in Peubla in 1862, where troops triumphed over the French army who out numbered them two to one. It’s a dark part of their history, full of oppression, and one that a local friend told me they would rather let pass.
Nonetheless, celebrations continue around the globe. It’s thought of as a reason to gather friends or family together to share some great Mexican food, cold cervezas and just maybe a shot of tequila.
Because this just may help bring some sun and warmer weather our way, here's a recipe for sangria. It can be put together simply and cheaply using red wine, lime juice, simple syrup and diced apple. The lime juice and syrup adds a refreshing flavour and zing.
Sangria (recipe is per glass)
1/2 cup simple syrup
1/2 cup red wine
1 shot of lime juice
1/4 of an apple, diced ice
Make the simple syrup first. In a medium saucepan, combine one cup sugar and one cup water. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Cool.
In a wine glass, and a handful of ice cubes and add syrup, red wine, lime juice and diced apple. Sit back, relax and enjoy.