With National Beer Day here and gone in a blink of an eye that got us thinking about other National Drinking Days that we can look forward to celebrating in 2011. We’ve already had Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, and National Margarita Day to go along with National Beer Day. There are a lot of days dedicated to alcohol, so here are a few that jumped out at us that we can still celebrate in 2011.
World Cocktail Week (May 6 – 13, 2011)
While doing some research online I came across this entire week dedicated to the cocktail known as World Cocktail Week. Sounds right up our alley right? I guess with there being so many different kinds of cocktails, the powers at be decided to give them an entire week! World Cocktail Week is a fundraiser for the Museum of the American Cocktail and was started to promote the art of the cocktail. It sounds like a museum that we need to visit! The week culminates on May 13, which is World Cocktail Day. Don’t worry, we will be giving you many a cocktail recipe during this week…we can’t wait!
Fun fact: The first written definition of the term cocktail came in the 1806 edition of The Balance and Columbian Repository.
National Rum Day (August 16th)
It seems that no one knows why this day in August is celebrated as National Rum Day here in the U.S. Internationally it seems that it is celebrated on October 21st. This date marks the death of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson in his victorious battle over Napolean’s navy at the Battle of Trafalgar. The crew then placed his body in a large cask of rum to preserve it until they could return home to England. Folklore/legend says that when the cask was opened it was half empty. It is believed that the crew had tapped the cask and drank the rum while sailing back to England. From then on sailors of the Royal Navy celebrate the Battle of Trafalgar by drinking rum and honoring the fallen Admiral.
Well we’ve decided that we might as well celebrate both days! So in August open your favorite bottle of rum and celebrate, then in October do the same…or open a bottle of Admiral Nelson…it’s your call. Also if you want to celebrate rum the way it should be, you might as well fly down to the Caribbean on those days. Rum always tastes better on a Caribbean beach, after all it did originate there! Also don’t forget to celebrate National Rum Punch Day on September 20th!
National Vodka Day (October 4th)
Contrary to popular belief not every day is Vodka Day. Well we disagree, but there is one day that is dedicated to this popular liquor and that day is October 4th. We think the best thing to do on this day is grab your favorite vodka, learn a little history about it, and drink the s$%@ out of it! Yeah it sounds like any other day.
So what we want to know is, what is your favorite cocktail, rum, and vodka? Post below as we all are looking to try something new!