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Cinco de Marcho – March 5, 2023

Cinco de Marcho is celebrated every year on March 5, just 12 days before St. Patrick’s Day. A play on the Mexican holiday name, Cinco de Mayo, this made-up holiday prepares your liver for all the drinking that happens on St. Patrick’s Day. This day is widely celebrated by those who are not regular or heavy drinkers, so as to ease themselves into the demands of St. Patrick’s Day. Even though Cinco de Marcho is a celebration of drinking, it is advisable to drink safely and in moderation. 

History of Cinco de Marcho

Cinco de Marcho is a made-up holiday with lighthearted origins. It is the invention of a man who goes by the name ‘Carlos Fantastico,’ whose true identity remains a mystery. Some believe his name is a riff on ‘Caro Fantastico,’ a Spanish variant for the 1980s television classic, “Knight Rider.” 

In 2007, while dining at the Mexican restaurant, The Matador, Fantastico was enjoying his margarita and happened to notice the date. It was March 5. A thought came to him. He was at a Mexican restaurant enjoying a Mexican drink, but the decor around him was green and St. Patrick’s Day was less than a fortnight away. He imagined a holiday that would celebrate the best of both cultures, and thus, the idea for Cinco de Marcho was born; a holiday with a Mexican name, celebrating the drunken jubilance associated with St. Patrick’s Day. 

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Marcho isn’t about excessive drinking. Fantastico believes that it is a celebration of finding your limits. He views Cinco de Marcho as training of sorts for light drinkers. Those with low alcohol tolerance can start building their alcohol tolerance from Cinco de Marcho to buff up their liver for the upcoming holiday parties. Many celebrators also treat the day as a general preparation period for the coming holiday.

Fantastico has always been fascinated by how Americans give a twist to every celebration. This is his way of doing the same.

Cinco de Marcho timeline

1828
Ginger is Added to Drinks

Bartender Jerry Thomas makes the first cocktail.

1862
First Cocktail

Bartender Jerry Thomas makes the first cocktail.

1919
The American Prohibition

The popularity of cocktails takes a hit following the prohibition.

1933
The Prohibition is Lifted

Bartenders are free to experiment with cocktail recipes.

Cinco de Marcho FAQs

What is Cinco de Mayo and why is it celebrated?

Cinco de Mayo simply means ‘the fifth of May’ in Spanish. It marks the anniversary of May 5, 1862, when the Mexican army won the Franco-Mexican War at the Battle of Puebla. 

How much alcohol is in a margarita?

At least 2.5 ounces of alcohol make up the average margarita. This could be two ounces of tequila and half an ounce of orange liqueur or 1.5 ounces of tequila and an ounce of liqueur. The alcohol content may even go as high as three ounces depending on the mixologist.

How many shots of tequila are in a frozen margarita?

Regular margaritas contain about two shots of tequila. Frozen margaritas have slightly less tequila because the higher the alcohol content of a frozen drink, the faster the ice melts.

Cinco de Marcho Activities

  1. Treat yourself to margaritas

    Celebrate the day by drinking a green margarita or two. Start preparing yourself for St. Patrick's Day.

  2. Visit a bar

    If you really want to celebrate Cinco de Marcho in style, we recommend visiting a bar. Many bars serve special cocktails to mark the day.

  3. Celebrate with friends

    If you are a teetotaler or don’t like drinking, fret not. Treat yourself to some delicious mocktails, and hang out with your friends.

5 Facts About Margaritas That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. The drink’s origins are unknown

    Some believe that Margarita Sames, an American socialite, created the drink for her friends in 1948.

  2. Margarita means ‘daisy’ in Spanish

    The ‘daisy’ is an old prohibition drink that has a base spirit, sugar, and a sour.

  3. Salt is crucial to the drink

    The salt brings out the sweet and sour flavors of the drink.

  4. They are incredibly popular

    In fact, it was the most ordered mixed drink of 2008.

  5. It is served in a special glass

    The margarita glass is a variant of a champagne coupe.

Why We Love Cinco de Marcho

  1. A day to enjoy cocktails

    Cinco de Marcho is the perfect day to enjoy delicious cocktails. Sip the classics or try something new.

  2. A day to spend with friends

    This is also the perfect day to spend with friends and get everyone excited for St. Patrick’s Day. Cinco de Marcho becomes more fun in the company of friends.

  3. It prepares us for St. Patrick’s Day

    Drinking too much on St. Patrick’s Day can be a rude surprise. Cinco de Marcho prepares you (and your liver) for the upcoming festivities.

Cinco de Marcho dates

YearDateDay
2022March 5Saturday
2023March 5Sunday
2024March 5Tuesday
2025March 5Wednesday
2026March 5Thursday

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