Cinco de Mayo History, the REAL story

Happy Cinco de Mayo! This post comes your way from Natalia Rotan, one of the 8th & Home team! Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, we thought it only right that she share with us her amazing authentic Mexican recipes and ... ahem ... her love of the annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations! The Cinco de Mayo history may not be all you think it to be!


Delicious guacamole Natalia Rotan 8th and Home Virginia


Believe it or not, even though I’m a native Mexican, I’ve never really celebrated Cinco de Mayo, and for good reason:  History tells us that celebrating Cinco de Mayo is -- and always has been -- mostly an American tradition!

May 5, 1862 is when the Mexican army defeated the invading French army at the Battle of Puebla, Mexico.  There are certainly still many local Mexican celebrations near Puebla, the real history of the holiday dates back to Mexican Americans living within California!! Historians show the very first celebration being held just days after the battle, when news of the Mexican victory traveled to the Mexican community in the northern California town of Columbia.  While the U.S. was in the middle of its own Civil War in 1862, the Mexican American community could draw many parallels between the Union and the victorious Mexican army.

Cinco de Mayo was celebrated every year in California throughout the American Civil War and soon spread to other Mexican American communities all over the U.S., where it is still celebrated today, even more than in Mexico!

Even so, I think there is ALWAYS good reason to have a nice Mexican fiesta with your friends and family.

Salud to Cinco de Mayo!  In honor of the Mexican American celebration, here are two of my favorite authentic recipes.  Enjoy!

Delicious guacamole Natalia Rotan 8th and Home Virginia

Guacamole Recipe


2 avocados

2 limes

½ small onion, diced

2 roma tomatoes, diced

Handful of cilantro, chopped

Salt to taste

  1. Cut the avocados in half.
  2. Scoop out the avocados into a mixing bowl. Add the juice of the limes and mash.
  3. Add onion, tomato, cilantro and salt. Stir until well mixed.


Michelada con clamato Natalia Rotan 8th and Home Real Estate Virginia


Natalia's Michelada Recipe


½ cup of clamato juice

2 limes (usually about ¼ cup lime juice)

½ tsp worcestershire sauce

½ tsp maggi seasoning

½ tsp hot sauce

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

Tajin (to taste)

Mexican beer or the beer of your preference

  1. Pour all the ingredients except the beer in a beer cup.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Slowly pour beer


However YOU are celebrating today, we hope it is with loved ones, friends and family alike. Cheers to your health, your wealth and to your community!