May 5: Sensible Cinco De Mayo Party [Members Only]

Would you believe those two dapper men above gave rise to one of the most infamous annual parties in the United States? Well, that’s former Mexican President Benito Juárez [right], who sought to end the French occupation of Mexico; and General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín [left], who defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The day means a lot of different things to different people–but mostly it’s just another excuse for Americans to get drunk.

Is that the legacy Juarez and Seguin were after? Not in the least. We can’t imagine those two “bow-tie Cinco de Mayo” mavericks licking salt off their wrists and pounding food-colored spirits. So, this year, we’re changing the game with a “Sensible” Cinco de Mayo Party.

The event will feature complimentary (while supplies last) sipping tequila from Tequila Ocho and mezcal from Pierde Almas, as well as Ancho Reyes chili licor cocktails, and cochinita pibil tacos.

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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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