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Today Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one.

Despite what many may think, May 5 is not Mexico’s independence day. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

Here are some places in Murfreesboro where you can enjoy a good margarita and some specials on food and drinks.

Get your margarita on for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo: Blanco Tacos + Tequila)
Cinco de Mayo

4183 Franklin Road, Murfreesboro (Publix shopping center)

With a name like Cinco de Mayo, this restaurant is sure to be celebrating the holiday.

20-ounce margaritas, $6.9920-ounce imported beers, $4.9920-ounce domestic beers, $3.99Corona bottles, $2.99

Cinco de Mayo also has a buy one, get one free entree deal. Purchase an entree and two drinks to receive any entree of equal or lesser value (up to $10). Visit cincodemayomexicanrestaurant.com and sign up for e-club to get a coupon emailed to you.

The Alley on Main’s cucumber-pomegranate margarita is made from fresh juices.
The Alley on Main

223 W. Main St., Murfreesboro

Although The Alley on Main co-owner Christy Hackinson said they don’t reveal specific recipes for signature drinks, she does admit "fresh is key" when it comes to making a great cocktail. Choosing top-shelf spirits is another element that makes a great cocktail.

Must-try margaritas include the strawberry as well as pomegranate-cucumber. But Hackinson did have a basic recipe she shared.

The strawberry margarita at The Alley on Main is made with fresh berries.

Basic margarita

1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice1 1/2 ounces simple syrup1 1/2 ounces tequilaSplash of orange juiceShake and pour over ice.
Run for the Border margarita at Dallas and Jane’s in Murfreesboro.
Five Senses

1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro

Five Senses Chef Mitchell Murphree said the key to his margaritas is the Casamigos Blanco Tequila — the company started by actor George Clooney.

"We also use fresh juices, orange lime and a bit of lemon," said Murphree, "and we use a Maldon sea salt rim."

Five Senses uses Casamigos Blanco Tequila — the company started by actor George Clooney.
Dallas and Jane

352 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro

Chef Alex Belew with Dallas and Jane changes his cocktail menu with the seasons, but there’s always some form of a margarita on the list.

This spring, he’s rolled out a spicy-sweet margarita.

Run for the Border margarita

1 1/2 ounces mezcal1/2 ounce jalapeno shrub1/2 ounce strawberry rhubarb black pepper syrup3/4 ounce lime juiceDash of chocolate bittersShake and pour on ice. Garnish with strawberry salt on the rim and a slice of lime.

What makes this cocktail so unique is a combination of things, Belew said.

The jalapeño shrub adds a great spicy acidity while the strawberry rhubarb black pepper syrup adds the fruity sweetness to balance it out," Belew said.

You can make your own shrub at home by macerating (soften) one part fresh, stemmed fruit and one part granulated sugar in a bowl; refrigerate overnight. Sugar extracts liquid from the fruit, which is then strained and mixed with one part vinegar. Whisk those

"We soak jalapeños and fresnos (chili pepper) in two different vinegars for five days, strain and add half the weight in sugar. It’s a spicy, acidic, balanced liquid additive," Belew explained.

Margaritas from La Siesta on Northfield Boulevard in Murfreesboro.
La Siesta

1608 N.W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro

Good tequila, triple sec and orange juice are key ingredients in La Siesta’s margarita, said owner Jorge Podesto. However, the recipe has been a secret for 27 years, and he’s not going to spill the beans.

In addition to specials on margaritas, you’ll find deals on food and Mexican beers.

Party Fowl’s Coronita is a margarita made with Riunite and a bottle of Corona turned upside down. Also pictured are the frozen, prickly pear and strawberry margaritas with shots of tequila.
Party Fowl

127 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro

Although hot chicken is a mainstay at Party Fowl, so are the signature drinks — including a variety of margaritas.

"The key to our flavored margaritas is that we use all-natural flavored sour mixes from right here in Tennessee — Walker Feed Co. We also use their bloody Mary mix and partnered with them to create our Nashville Hot Bloody Mary Mix," said Party Fowl owner Austin Smith.

Party Fowl will also offer a variety of Cinco de Mayo specials: $10 Coronita, $5 margaritas and house tequila shots, and $4 Coronas.

Also on Sunday at 7 p.m. will be 1990s Disney trivia with Nerdy Talk Trivia.

Chuy’s is offering a variety of specials all weekend, including all the margaritas on the menu.
Chuy’s

801 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro

One day of Cinco de Mayo isn’t enough for Chuy’s. The restaurant is celebrating all weekend long — May 3-5.

Fiesta Friday will have $1 FloatersSippin’ Saturday will have $1 floaters and $1 off perfect margaritasSunday Funday will have $1 floaters, $1 off perfect margaritas, $5 regular house ritas, $8 grande house ritas, $1 off Dos Equis and $5 queso or guacamole
Applebee’s is bringing back Dollaritas on Cinco de Mayo — and extending the deal for every day in May. The $1 margaritas come in a 10-ounce mug. The restaurant chain will also offer other drink specials on Cinco de Mayo.
Applebee’s

2896 S. Rutherford Blvd., Murfreesboro

Applebee’s is bringing back Dollaritas on Cinco de Mayo — and extending the deal for every day in May. The $1 margaritas come in a 10-ounce mug. The restaurant chain will also offer other drink specials on Cinco de Mayo.

The cocktail special kicks off the company’s "drink of the month" promotion, which changes each month.

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Reach reporter Nancy DeGennaro at degennaro@dnj.com and follow her on Twitter @NanDeGennaro.

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