Cinco de Mayo: Grab a margarita at one of these local spots

History lesson: Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

While the defeat was important (it delayed the French invasion of Mexico), Cinco de Mayo has limited significance in Mexico. Here in the U.S., however, we like to give a little shout out to Mexican heritage each May 5 by way of drinking cold, limey beverages with a kick.

This year it falls on a Tuesday, which means those two lovely little words--happy hour--come into play at many spots. Get to work early, leave by 4 p.m. and hit one of these local spots for a killer margarita:

Tio Leo’s in Carmel Valley

3510 Valley Center Drive

San Diego, CA 92130

(858) 350-1468

En Fuego in Del Mar

1342 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, CA 92014

(858) 792-6551

Tony’s Jacal in Solana Beach

621 Valley Ave

Solana Beach, CA 92075

(858) 755-2274

Fidel’s Little Mexico in Solana Beach

607 Valley Ave.

Solana Beach, CA 92075

(858) 755-5292

Las Olas in Cardiff by the Sea

2655 S Highway 101

Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007

(760) 942-1860

As always, drink responsibly.