September 16 2010 marks the year of Bicentennial Celebrations in Mexico, commemorating 200 years of independence from Spanish rule. Mexican Independence Day celebrates the events and people that eventually resulted in independence from Spain, the country that had control over the territory of New Spain, as it was also known then. Fueled by three centuries of oppresion and sparked by a call to revolt by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest, the first call to arms was made in the village of Dolores in the state of Guanajuato.

In the early hours of September 16th 1810 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the church bell to gather the townspeople. He called for the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, thus initiating Mexico's War of Independence.

The uprising pitted the poor indigenous indians and mixed mestizo groups against the priviledged classes of Spanish descent, and pushed them into a violent and bloody battle for freedom from Spain. Mexico's independence would not be effectively declared from Spain in the Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire (the foundational document of the Mexican nation) until September 27 1821, a decade after the war began. It is this event, known as the Grito de Dolores, which is commemorated every year in town squares across Mexico.

It is a common misconception, among the non-Mexican community in the United States, to mistake Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Independence Day; Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during the French invasion of Mexico.

Now, those of you that follow our Twitter account will know that we never got around to posting our Margarita recipe for National Tequila to honour this monumentous occassion, we're posting it now. I mean, you can't exactly celebrate without a drink in you hand, can you!?

Recipe for the Bicentennial margarita:

1 glass with salted rim (rub it first with a lime wedge)

1 1/2 fl oz of 100% agave tequila

1/2 fl oz of Cointreau or Triple Sec

1/2 fl oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

1/2 fl oz Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

Shake it up the ingredients with some ice and pour it into the glass. Sprinkle grated cinnamon over a flame onto the drink and garnish with a slice of lime.