This may come as a surprise, but Cinco de Mayo does not in fact celebrate the invention of the margarita or even the opening of America's first Mexican restaurant. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Now that you're in the know let's get on with the drinking. Here are six top shelf tequilas to help you celebrate in style:
Herradura calls this "the finest expression of tequila available in the world today." It's aged for an impressive 49 months in imported oak barrels before being allowed into the world, and your glass. $125.
Crafted using a proprietary ultra-slow filtration method, this tequila is aged for 43 months in a stone cave followed by an additional month in a specially selected barrel. You get it in a beautiful crystal decanter. $150.
The crown jewel of extra-añejos is aged for five years in new white oak casks. The small batch spirit comes in a decanter with wraparound silver agave leaves. $350.
4. Casa Noble
This certified organic tequila is made from estate-grown agave cooked in traditional stone ovens and triple distilled. Often cited as one of the best-tasting tequilas; try the single barrel añejo for a treat. $35–$120.
The celebrity of the tequila world, Casamigos is owned by George Clooney and Rande Gerber. Crisp, clean and smooth, the Blanco and Reposado make great cocktails, and are perhaps even better when sipped neat. $45–$55.
Uniquely aged 18 months in American oak barrels, this 100 percent agave tequila contains hints of vanilla and toasted wood, with a smooth whiskey-like taste. Savor in on its own or neat in a snifter. $32.99