Cinco De Marcho

Cinco de Marcho is a holiday observed on March 5th, 12 days before St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a day when people can begin training their livers to handle the copious amounts of alcohol they expect to consume for St. Patty’s Day—at least, that’s what the official creator of this holiday has said. It’s the perfect day to enjoy green margaritas and maybe some kind of Irish/Mexican cuisine fusion.

The History of Cinco de Marcho

Although some people may have celebrated this holiday in some form for quite a few years, it didn’t officially get its start until 2007. This is when the holiday was created by a man and his wife preparing for an upcoming St. Patty’s Day party where they knew alcohol would be served. Since they’re not really drinkers, this couple decided to start their “drinking training” at a local Mexican restaurant. That is when the man said that they were celebrating “Cinco de Marcho,” and the rest is history. This holiday has been celebrated ever since.

Facts About Margaritas & Irish Beer

Since green margaritas and Irish beer are the two main alcoholic beverages consumed on this day, we thought we’d take a few moments and dig up some facts about both of them. The following bits of information are what we’ve discovered about these two alcoholic beverages that we think everyone celebrating this holiday is going to be interested in learning.

  • Margaritas are the most popular cocktail in the United States.
  • All you need for a margarita are three ingredients: blanco tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.
  • Margaritas can be customized from tangy to fruity, and some people even make herbal margaritas.
  • The salt on the rim helps to bring out the sweet and sour elements of the drink.
  • Guinness is actually a deep ruby red, which comes from the roasted malted barley.
  • As of 2017, Guinness is now vegan-friendly.
  • The Guinness Book of World Records was started thanks to an argument in a pub.
  • Arthur Guinness had 21 children.
  • In 2009, Guinness created the holiday Arthur’s Day, which they would cancel in 2013.

Observing Cinco de Marcho

We might not have invented Cinco de Marcho, but we certainly have a lot of different ideas about celebrating it. We recommend that people try a green margarita with some Irish nachos. Or, how about enjoying some Mexican coffee with a shot of Irish whiskey? However, one of the best dishes we’ve seen prepared on this holiday has to be huevos rancheros with Irish bangers and colcannon mashed potatoes. While observing Cinco de Marcho, be sure to use the hashtag #CincoDeMarcho on your social media accounts. You can also try Dublin coddle served with a nice glass of Irish beer.

The last thing we’d like to say is that everyone should exercise good judgment on this holiday and not overindulge. Remember, everyone should drink responsibly—not only for their own health but also for the safety of others.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 5 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
March 5 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
March 5 Sunday
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