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Cinco De Mayo at The Cape


Celebrate history with sunset margaritas

You don’t need a reason to spend the twilight hours sipping blood orange margaritas and other hand-crafted cocktails devised by award-winning mixologist Osvaldo Vazquez, at The Cape, but now you do.

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861–1867). After the Mexican-American War of 1846–48 and the 1858–61 Reform Wars the Mexican Treasury was nearly bankrupt so the Mexican President Benito Juárez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for two years. In response, France, Britain, and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, at the time ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to establish a Latin empire in Mexico that would favor French interests.

Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat, however moving on from Veracruz towards Mexico City, the French army encountered heavy resistance from the Mexicans and on May 5, 1862, the Mexicans managed to decisively crush the French army. The victory represented a significant morale boost to the Mexican army and the Mexican people at large and is now celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States. At The Cape we suggest you kick back and savor some tequila.