Written by Alexia Dellner
Happy Mexican Independence Day señoras y señores!
Time to gulp down Corona beers and tequila, munch on nachos and enjoy a fiesta like no other!
In honour of this holiday, we present to you a list of the 10 greatest things to come out of Mexico…
Swiss and Belgian chocolate is all very nice, but the truth is that Olmec Indians from Mexico are the ones who invented the stuff thousands of years ago.
Ah tequila. Without tequila there would be no tequila shots. And without tequila shots, there would be no drunken nights and hungover mornings. Well there’d be less anyway. But most importantly, without tequila, there would be no…
This tasty Mexican cocktail is made from tequila mixed with Cointreau and lemon or lime juice. Personally I like mine on the rocks, but Margarita’s can be enjoyed salt rimmed, frozen, or straight up.
4. Carlos Santana
5. Mexican beer
Mexican beer is so much more than Corona (although I’ll take an ice cold Corona on the beach anyday). In fact, Mexico is the world’s top beer exporter. Think Pacifico, Sol, XX, Carta Blanca and many, many more…
This traditional folk music brings a party and is guaranteed to brighten your day. I dare you to watch this and not crack a smile…
Without avocado, there would be no guacamole! And then what would we dip our tortilla chips into? (Fun fact: Corn ALSO originates from Mexico. Corn is used to make tortilla chips! It’s all coming together!)
8. The contraceptive pill
Many people don’t realise that chemist Luis Miramontes co-invented the contraceptive pill in 1951 and that he was just 26 years old at the time! Find more info on Luis here.
9. Salma Hayek
This sexy actress, director and producer was born in the city of Coatzacoalcos, in southern Mexico and is best known for her roles in Desperado, Frida and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
10. The Mexican Wave
We’ll never know for sure where ‘the wave’ now seen at every sports arena in the world originally came from, but many argue that the term originates from the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico when it was caught on TV.
Can you think of any more? Tell us in the comments!
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Thanks to timsackton, shrk, ralph and jenny, dgans, iwa, Rinze Wind, ollesvensson, lookcatalog, poisonli, and ilang for the images off Flickr. Please note that all images were used under the Creative Commons at the time of posting.