Cinco de Mayo – Uniquely American

Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexican Independence Day. But the celebration, which Americans have grown to love, actually marks the relatively small Battle of Puebla, the site of an unlikely 1862 victory by the Mexican army over French forces. Check out our exclusive video interview with a tequila expert, for tasting tips and historical tidbits to impress los gringos, then scroll further down for two Cinco de Mayo events in Orange County.

Tequila 101
Orange Coast magazine's digital media director sits down with Ruben Aceves, International Director of Brand Development for Casa Tequila Herradura.


Chi-Chi Champagne Cinco de Mayo
The St. Regis Monarch Beach has invited its Punta Mita, Mexico, chef de cuisine Hugo Gutierrez to serve up his signature Punta Mita tacos and sopes: papa con chorizo, frijoles con queso, chicharon en salsa verde, and birria for a special Champagne brunch Sunday, May 5 at 10 a.m. Already have Cinco plans? The dishes will be available throughout May at Motif Restaurant’s Sunday Brunch at The St. Regis Monarch Beach.

Santa Ana Street Fair
The 14th annual “Calle Cuatro” Cinco de Mayo festival hosted by the City of Santa Ana and MX LIVE Entertainment is expected to draw more than 150,000 peo­ple. From noon to 10 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, revelers will enjoy live music, carnival rides, games, authentic festival food, and more. The city also hosts a "real" Mexican Independence Day festival in September.

Video edited by Susannah Hine and Jeana de Arkal