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Below are a collection of "not necessarily highly researched" days which appear to be in some way cocktail/drink related. It also includes dates of "notable historic importance" which may provide a reason to celebrate as well. We will try to add and update to this list when additional dates, or additional information comes to light.
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Below are a collection of "not necessarily highly researched" days which appear to be in some way cocktail/drink related. It also includes dates of "notable historic importance" which may provide a reason to celebrate as well. We will try to add and update to this list when additional dates, or additional information comes to light. When possible we will attempt to look up any factual information which might support or explain the reason these dates were chosen. There are some of these dates which the Chanticleer Society itself has decided to declare in order to mark specifically important dates.
  
 
==JANUARY==
 
==JANUARY==
  
National Hot Tea Month
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January: National Hot Tea Month (US and Canada)
  
National Irish Coffee Week (4th week)
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Last Week of January: National Irish Coffee Week
  
1             Bloody Mary Day (sometimes... See December 1)
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January 1: Bloody Mary Day (#1)
  
11          National Hot Toddy Day
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January 1, 2000: Milk & Honey opens in New York<ref>[https://www.mlkhny.com/newyork/ Milk & Honey New York website]</ref>. The bar was created by [[Sasha Petraske]] and despite its hidden location, and its "reservations only" requirement, it gained popularity amongst cocktail enthusiasts and soon-to-be craft bartenders.
  
16          Prohibition began (1920)
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January 11: National Hot Toddy Day
  
17          National Hot Buttered Rum Day
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January 12: National Hot Tea Day
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:: Established in 2016 by the National Tea Council of the USA <ref>[https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/drink-to-your-health-this-new-year-tea-council-of-the-usa-declares-first-ever-national-hot-tea-day-300199016.html Tea Council of the USA Declares First Ever National Hot Tea Day] (PRNewswire)</ref>
  
19          Champagne Day
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January 16, 1920: [[American Prohibition]] began
  
24          The Beer Can was introduced (1935)
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January 17: National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  
25          Robbie Burns Day
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January 19: Champagne Day (conflicts with Champagne Day on December 31)
  
25          National Irish Coffee Day
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January 24, 1935: The Beer Can was introduced
  
31           National Brandy Alexander Day
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January 25: Robbie Burns Day
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January 25: National Irish Coffee Day
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January 31: National Brandy Alexander Day
  
 
==FEBRUARY==
 
==FEBRUARY==
  
First Saturday of February:               Pisco Sour Day
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First Saturday of February: Pisco Sour Day
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::The National Day of Pisco Sour is celebrated every first Saturday of February, according to a resolution of the Ministry of Production published in 2004. Before that, it was celebrated on February 8th.
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February 4: 1862 - Facundo Bacardi Masso, and his brother Jose, bought the Santiago de Cuba distillery and started making rum.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacardi Bacardi] (Wikipedia)</ref>
  
The National Day of Pisco Sour is celebrated every first Saturday of February, according to a resolution of the Ministry of Production published in 2004. Before that, it was celebrated on February 8th.
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February 7: National Hangover Awareness Day
  
4              1862 - Facundo Bacardi Masso, and his brother Jose, bought the Santiago de Cuba distillery and started making rum. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacardi)
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February 10, 1945: Rum and Coca Cola by Andrews Sisters hits #1
  
7              National Hangover Awareness Day
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February 11: Don't Cry Over Split Milk Day
  
10          Rum and Coca Cola by Andrews Sisters hits #1 (1945)
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February 17: National Café Au Lait Day
  
11          Don't Cry Over Split Milk Day
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February 18: Drink Wine Day
  
17          National Café Au Lait Day
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February 22: National Margarita Day
  
18          Drink Wine Day
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February 22: Don Beach's Birthday
  
22          National Margarita Day
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February 24: World Bartender Day  
  
22          Don Beach's Birthday
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:Origin unknown, earliest reference year discovered so far is 2017.
  
27           National Kahlua Day
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February 27: National Kahlua Day
  
 
==MARCH==
 
==MARCH==
  
1             Beer Day (in Iceland) - March 1, 1989 is when the 74 year prohibition of beer ended in Iceland. This apparently is a well-celebrated holiday there.
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March 1: Beer Day (in Iceland)
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::March 1, 1989 is when the 74 year prohibition of beer ended in Iceland. This apparently is a well-celebrated holiday there.
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March 3, 1897: Bottled In Bond Day
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::On March 3rd, 1897, Congress passed the [[Bottled in Bond]] Act. The intent of this act was to create some strict guidelines that would allow customers to know that the whiskey they were buying was actually whiskey.<ref>[https://www.whiskeyculture.com/what-does-bottled-in-bond-mean/ "What Does Bottled In Bond Mean?"] (WhiskeyCulture.com)</ref>
  
3             National Mulled Wine Day
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March 3, 2003: A Tribute to "Professor" Jerry Thomas Father of the Cocktail - The Plaza Hotel, New York City
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::Featuring Jerry Thomas cocktails served by [[Dale DeGroff]], [[Ted Haigh]], [[Robert Hess]], George Papadakis, [[Sasha Petraske]], [[Gary Regan]], [[Audrey Saunders]], and [[David Wondrich]]. Presented in cooperation with Slow Food NYC<ref>[http://drinkboy.com/Articles/Article.aspx?itemid=23 A Tribute To Jerry Thomas], Robert Hess (DrinkBoy.com)</ref><ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/26/dining/26NOTE.html Shaken, Stirred or Mixed, The Gilded Age Lives Again], William Grimes (New York Times)</ref>.
  
4              First tavern in U.S. opens (1634)
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March 3: National Mulled Wine Day
  
16          Bock Beer Day
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March 3: Bottled-In-Bond Day
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::In 1897, the US government passed the Bottled-In-Bond law.
  
17          St. Patrick's Day
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March 4, 1634: First tavern in U.S. opens
  
17          National Green Beer Day
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March 5: National Absinthe Day
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::March 5th, 2007 marks the day in the US when Absinthe was once again legal.<ref>[https://france-amerique.com/en/the-return-of-the-green-fairy/ "The Return of the Green Fairy"] By Clément Thiery
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(March 4, 2021)</ref>
  
20          Bock Beer Day
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March 16: Bock Beer Day
  
27          The corkscrew is patented (1860)
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March 17: St. Patrick's Day
  
==APRIL==
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March 17: National Green Beer Day
  
8              Milk in Glass Bottles Day
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March 20: Bock Beer Day
  
15          Income Tax Day (also Accountant's Day)
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March 24: National Cocktail Day
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::By some accounts, March 24th is apparently "National Cocktail Day", but not only is there no reference to which "Nation" it is that celebrates it on that day, there is already a "World Cocktail Day" (May 13). World Cocktail Day was declared in 2006 by the "Museum of the American Cocktail" in order to celebrate the day, 100 years prior, that the definition for the "Cocktail" is first found in print.
  
16          Kingsley Amis' Birthday (1922) Gravesite reads "supreme clubman, boozer and blimp."
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March 27, 1860: The corkscrew is patented.<ref>[https://patents.google.com/patent/US27615A/en?oq=27615 Corkscrew Patent #27615] (Google Patents)</ref>
  
19          Alcohol Content allowed on labels (1955)
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March 27: International Whisk(e)y Day
  
26          National Pretzel Day - celebrate this one with a beer
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::Was first announced in 2008, and was created in honor of the late British writer [[Michael Jackson]] to celebrate his birthday. <ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_whisk(e)y_day International Whisk(e)y Day] Wikipedia</ref>
  
==MAY==
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==APRIL==
  
National Egg Month
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April 8: Milk in Glass Bottles Day
  
Second Week: American Craft Beer Week
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April 9: Gin & Tonic Day (USA)
  
Second Week: World Cocktail Week (Designated by The Museum of the American Cocktail)
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April 15: Income Tax Day (also Accountant's Day)
  
4              National Homebrew Day
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April 16: Kingsley Amis' Birthday (1922)
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::Gravesite reads "supreme clubman, boozer and blimp."
  
4              National Orange Juice Day
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April 19: Alcohol Content allowed on labels (1955)
  
4              [[Bourbon Whiskey Definition|Bourbon Whiskey Defined]] (1964)
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April 26: National Pretzel Day
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::Celebrate this one with a beer
  
5              Cinco de Mayo
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==MAY==
  
6              Beverage Day
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May: National Egg Month
  
6-13      World Cocktail Week
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Second Week of May: American Craft Beer Week
  
8              "Have A Coke" day
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Second Week of May: World Cocktail Week
  
13          World Cocktail Day: The word "cocktail" is first defined in print (1806)
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::As declared by The Museum of the American Cocktail in 2006
  
16          Charles Hires invents Root Beer (1866)
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May 4: National Homebrew Day
  
20          Last episode of "Cheers" airs (1993)
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May 4: National Orange Juice Day
  
25          National Wine Day
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May 4: [[Bourbon Whiskey Definition|Bourbon Whiskey Defined]] (1964)
  
28          Ian Fleming's Birthday (1908)
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May 5: Cinco de Mayo
  
30          National Mint Julep Day
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May 6: Beverage Day
  
==JUNE==
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May 6-13: World Cocktail Week
  
National Ice Tea Month
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::As declared by The Museum of the American Cocktail in 2006. The specific dates here (May 6 to May 13) coincides with the dates in 1806 when the term "cock-tail" appeared in "The Balance and Columbian Repository (May 6, 1806), and then when the editor wrote a response to a reader which contains the first known occurrence of the definition of a cock-tail (May 13, 1806). This essentially provides us with two, often overlapping, "World Cocktail Week" celebrations, one during the second week of May, and another specifically on the dates May 6 thru 13. If you're confused, maybe you need to have a drink to settle down.
  
National Dairy Lovers Month
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May 8: "Have A Coke" day
  
1              Scotch Whiskey Day (mine)
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May 13: World Cocktail Day
  
Friar John Cor was recorded on June 1, 1494 as procuring supplies for the making of copious amounts of whisky for his Majesty, Jimie the IV. Not particularly an event of note excepting that this is the first known recorded use of the word whiskey and indicatory of a healthy and long established tradition of distilling whisky in Great Briton, else wise he'd not been making 1500 bottles of the stuff.
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::As declared by The Museum of the American Cocktail in 2006. The word "cocktail" is first defined in print (1806)<ref>[https://imbibemagazine.com/origin-of-the-cocktail/ The Origin of the Cocktail] (Imbibe Magazine)</ref>
  
"To Friar John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae VIII bolls of malt." - Exchequer Rolls 1494-95, Vol x, p. 487.
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May 16: Charles Hires invents Root Beer (1866)
  
4              National Cognac Day
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May 20: Last episode of "Cheers" airs (1993)
  
7              Dean Martin is born (1917)
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May 25: National Wine Day
  
8              Vodka Day (mine)
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May 28: Ian Fleming's Birthday (1908)
  
The first written usage of the word vodka in an official Russian document in its modern meaning is dated by the decree of Empress Elizabeth of June 8, 1751, which regulated the ownership of vodka distilleries.
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May 30: National Mint Julep Day
  
10          Iced Tea Day
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==JUNE==
  
12          Cachaca Day
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June: National Ice Tea Month
From: http://www.brazzil.com/p25jul96.htm
 
" The SBC (Sociedade Brasileira da Cachaça) wants to declare June 12 the International Day of Cachaça because June 12, 1744, Portugal, then colonizer of Brazil, prohibited the production and distribution of cachaça in the country."
 
  
19          National Martini Day
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June: National Dairy Lovers Month
  
20          Ice Cream Soda Day
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June: Second Saturday - World Gin Day
  
27          National Orange Blossom Day
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June 1, 1494: Scotch Whiskey Day
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::(As declared by the Chanticleer Society) - Friar John Cor was recorded on June 1, 1494 as procuring supplies for the making of copious amounts of whisky for his Majesty, King James the IV. Not particularly an event of note excepting that this is the first known recorded use of the word whiskey and indicatory of a healthy and long established tradition of distilling whisky in Great Briton, else wise he'd not been making 1500 bottles of the stuff.
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::"To Friar John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae VIII bolls of malt." - Exchequer Rolls 1494-95, Vol x, p. 487.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cor John Cor] (Wikipedia)</ref>
  
30          National Ice Cream Soda Day
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June 4: National Cognac Day
  
==JULY==
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June 7, 1917: Dean Martin is born
  
2              National Anisette Day
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June 8, 1751: Vodka Day
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::(As declared by the Chanticleer Society) The first written usage of the word vodka in an official Russian document in its modern meaning is dated by the decree of Empress Elizabeth of June 8, 1751, which regulated the ownership of vodka distilleries.
  
10           National Pina Colada Day
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June 10: Iced Tea Day
  
14          National Grand Marnier Day
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June 12, 1744: Cachaca Day
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::"The SBC (Sociedade Brasileira da Cachaça) wants to declare June 12 the International Day of Cachaça because June 12, 1744, Portugal, then colonizer of Brazil, prohibited the production and distribution of cachaça in the country."<ref>[http://www.brazzil.com/p25jul96.htm News From Brazil]</ref>
  
19           National Daiquiri Day
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June 19: National Martini Day
  
24          National Tequila Day
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June 20: Ice Cream Soda Day
  
26          National Coffee Milkshake Day
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June 21: John Lermayer Day<ref>[http://www.johnlermayer.com/ John Lermayer Day]</ref>
  
27          National Scotch Day
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::As declared by the city of Miami Beach in memory of John Lermayer.<ref>[https://thirstymag.com/john-lermayer-day-miami/ June 21st officially named John Lermayer Day] Thirsty Magazine</ref><ref>[https://www.miaminewtimes.com/restaurants/john-lermayer-day-proclaimed-as-sweet-liberty-gets-tales-of-the-cocktail-spirited-award-nods-10463371 John Lermayer Day Proclaimed as Sweet Liberty Gets Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award Nods] Miami New Times, June 22, 2018</ref>
  
==AUGUST==
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June 27: National Orange Blossom Day
  
2              Peter O'Toole's Birthday (1932)
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June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day
  
4              Champagne is "said" to have been invented by Dom Perignon on this day in 1693.
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==JULY==
It was said that upon his first taste of his sparkling champagne wine he announced "Come quickly, I am drinking stars!". However sparkling wine was known before this time, one possible originator was Christopher Merret, who published in 1662 an account of making wines "brisk and sparkling" by adding sugars to them. Dom's quote is probably also more marketing than actual fact, since its first appearance is in a print advertisement in the late 19th century. This should not undermine Dom Perignon's value to the history of Champagne, because he did work tirelessly on advancing and perfecting the art, and almost certainly the product we drink today owes more than a small debt to his efforts.
 
  
5              International Beer Day (http://internationalbeerday.com/) Apparently "first celebrated" on August 5th, 2007, and henceforth christened.
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Second Saturday of July: World Rum Day
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: World Rum Day was launched in 2019 by Paul Jackson, spirits writer and Editor of World Rum Guide. It is celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of July each year, becoming the focal point of the wonderful series of occasions at the start of July, including National Mojito Day, National Piña Colada Day and National Daiquiri Day.<ref>[https://www.worldrumguide.com/world-rum-day.html World Rum Day]</ref>
  
"On the night in question, we were beerstorming (drinking lots of beer in an effort to come up with brilliant ideas) band names for a friend's new band, but a couple of hours into the evening, talk turned to how wonderful beerstorming itself was. After thoroughly discussing beerstorming's merits someone declared that there should be a beer holiday."
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July 2: National Anisette Day
  
6              Root Beer Float Day
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July 2: National Flag Day in Curaçao <ref>[http://aglobalworld.com/holidays-around-the-world/curacao-flag-day/ Curacao celebrates Curacao Flag Day as a public holiday] Holidays around the World</ref>
  
9            Diet Coke introduced (1982)
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July 10: National Pina Colada Day
  
16          National Rum Day
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July 11: National Mojito Day
  
20          Lemonade Day
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July 14: National Grand Marnier Day
  
29          National Whisky Sour Day
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July 19: National Daiquiri Day
  
29          Lemon Juice Day
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July 24: National Tequila Day
  
30          Mai Tai Day (as per the Trader Vic Company)
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July 26: National Coffee Milkshake Day
  
==SEPTEMBER==
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July 27: National Scotch Day
  
California Wine Month
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July 31: Black Tot Day
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: It was on July 31st, 1970, that the Royal Navy issued sailors with their final rum ration. <ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tot_Day Black Tot Day] (Wikipedia)</ref>
  
2              Beer & Can Day
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==AUGUST==
  
12          Chocolate Milkshake Day
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August 2: Peter O'Toole's Birthday (1932)
  
15          National Crème de Menthe Day
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August 4: Champagne is "said" to have been invented by Dom Perignon on this day in 1693.
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::It was said that upon his first taste of his sparkling champagne wine he announced "Come quickly, I am drinking stars!". However sparkling wine was known before this time, one possible originator was Christopher Merret, who published in 1662 an account of making wines "brisk and sparkling" by adding sugars to them. Dom's quote is probably also more marketing than actual fact, since its first appearance is in a print advertisement in the late 19th century. This should not undermine Dom Perignon's value to the history of Champagne, because he did work tirelessly on advancing and perfecting the art, and almost certainly the product we drink today owes more than a small debt to his efforts.
  
19          Talk like a Pirate Day
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August 5: International Beer Day - Apparently "first celebrated" on August 5th, 2007, and henceforth christened.<ref>[http://internationalbeerday.com/ International Beer Day]</ref>
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::"On the night in question, we were beerstorming (drinking lots of beer in an effort to come up with brilliant ideas) band names for a friend's new band, but a couple of hours into the evening, talk turned to how wonderful beerstorming itself was. After thoroughly discussing beerstorming's merits someone declared that there should be a beer holiday."
  
20          National Rum Punch Day
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August 6: Root Beer Float Day
  
21          Dale DeGroff's Birthday
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August 9: Diet Coke introduced (1982)
  
27          National Chocolate Milk Day
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August 16: National Rum Day
  
28          Drink Beer Day
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August 20: Lemonade Day
  
29           National Coffee Day
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August 29, 2005: The Pegu Club cocktail lounge opens in New York<ref>[https://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/23/dining/the-pegu-club.html The Pegu Club],
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Frank Bruni (New York Times)</ref>. The Pegu Club, the brainchild of [[Audrey Saunders]], ushered in craft cocktails to New York for the general public.
  
30          National Mulled Cider Day
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August 29: National Whisky Sour Day
  
==OCTOBER==
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August 29: Lemon Juice Day
  
American Beer Week (2nd week)
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August 30: Mai Tai Day<ref>[https://tradervics.com/news/lets-get-the-record-straightthe-real-mai-tai-day-is-august-30th/ Let's Get The Record Straight: Mai Tai Day](TraderVics.com</ref>
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::As with many things on the Internet, there can be some confusion about this. There are a lot of folks who appear to claim that June 30th is Mai Tai day. So far, I haven't found any rationale that supports that claim. Since the Mai Tai was invented by "Trader Vic" in August of 1944, and since the Trader Vic company itself upholds August 30th as National Mai Tai Day, I think that settles it.
  
1              Sake Day (Nihonshu no Hi)
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==SEPTEMBER==
http://www.sake-world.com/html/sw-2004_9.html
 
Why October 1? Several reasons. The biggest is related to the written character for sake. (For those that do not know what it looks like, go to my site at www.sake-world.com and look in the lower left-hand corner. It is the first of the three characters below the "search site" box.) Long ago, it consisted of only the right half of its current form; it did not contain the three short lines on the left that represent water. It consisted only of the part that was made to look like a jar, indicating something holding liquid, which was of course an alcoholic beverage of some sort in the mind of those reading the character.
 
  
Enter the Chinese zodiac: 12 animal signs that are traditionally used to number years in sequence, as well as months, as well as consecutive two-hour periods in each 24-hour day. The tenth of these, corresponding to the tenth month (and the tenth year and the tenth hour) is tori, or chicken (or perhaps rooster or cock). However, the written characters assigned to each of these animals are not the standard characters for the animals themselves, but rather special characters and readings applied only for these zodiacal instances.
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September: California Wine Month
  
This is where my detailed knowledge of Chinese characters and their adoption into Japanese breaks down and fades into near oblivion. For some reason, the ancient character for sake described above has been assigned to the tenth animal. It currently does not have any other use in either language. (The character, that is. Not the chicken. Chickens have lots of uses. But I digress again.)
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September 2: Beer & Can Day
  
So, by fortuitous coincidence, October is represented in the ancient Chinese zodiac system, also embraced by Japan, by the old character for sake. Well, isn't that *convenient*. Sake brewing begins in the fall, usually in October. In fact, until a few decades ago, the fiscal year for sake brewers began on October 1 for that reason. As technology advanced to the point that brewers were able to start brewing much earlier and continue much later in the spring than before, that tax-related fiscal day was changed to July 1, but the original date of October 1 was certainly more apropos until recently.
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September 12: Chocolate Milkshake Day
  
Indeed, October represents a beginning in the sake world: the beginning of a new brewing season. And the first day of this month is certainly a day worthy of note and some celebration in the sake world. And that is why October 1 is known as "Nihonshu no Hi," or "Sake Day," in Japan.
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September 15: National Crème de Menthe Day
  
4              National Vodka Day
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September 19: Talk like a Pirate Day
  
5              Bloody Mary??
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September 20: National Rum Punch Day
  
http://www.ediblecommunities.com/manhattan/september/october-2009/notable-edibles.htm
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September 21: Dale DeGroff's Birthday
  
Legend has it the world's first Bloody Mary was shaken precisely 75 years ago, on October 5, 1934-just five years after the invention of canned tomato juice-at the King Cole Bar in the St. Regis, the now-100-year-old beaux arts hotel founded by John Jacob Astor at the eminently exclusive corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street.
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September 27: National Chocolate Milk Day
  
Back then the bar served a worldly mix of socialites, including Serge Obolensky, vice chairman of the board of Hilton Hotels and a Russian native with a penchant for vodka. Obolensky asked barkeep Fernand Petiot, who'd also tended a hotel bar in Paris, to re-create the vodka and tomato juice cocktail Obolensky had recently swilled in that city, and Mary-complete with salt, pepper, lemon and Worcestershire sauce and named for the Catholic English queen who had killed so many Protestants-was born.
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September 28: Drink Beer Day
  
7              National Frappe Day
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September 29: National Coffee Day
  
11          World Egg Day
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September 30: National Mulled Cider Day
  
12          First Oktoberfest Celebrated (1810) - it was actually a party to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest}
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==OCTOBER==
  
16          National Liqueur Day
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October: American Beer Week (2nd week)
  
20          National Brandied Fruit Day
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October 1: Sake Day (Nihonshu no Hi) <ref>[http://sake-world.com/why-is-october-1-sake-day-nihonshu-no-hi/ Nihonshu no Hi] (Sake World)</ref>
  
27          American Beer Day
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October 4: National Vodka Day
  
==NOVEMBER==
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October 5: Bloody Mary Day (#2)
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::Legend has it the world's first Bloody Mary was shaken precisely 75 years ago, on October 5, 1934-just five years after the invention of canned tomato juice-at the King Cole Bar in the St. Regis, the now-100-year-old beaux arts hotel founded by John Jacob Astor at the eminently exclusive corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street.<ref>[https://www.ediblemanhattan.com/magazine/bloody_marys_birthday/ Bloody Mary's Birthday] (Edible Manhattan)</ref>
  
National Pomegranate Month
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October 7: National Frappe Day
  
1              Birth of Jerry Thomas (or there abouts) in 1830, or was it 1829?
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October 11: World Egg Day
  
8              Harvey Wallbanger Day
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October 12: First Oktoberfest Celebrated (1810)
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::It was actually a party to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest}
  
24          National Espresso Day
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October 16: National Liqueur Day
  
==DECEMBER==
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October 19: International Gin & Tonic Day
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::Appears to have been honorarily declared in 2010 in honor of Mary Edith Keyburn, by her family. It is said she loved to have the occasional tipple of gin and tonic, and passed away on October 19th, 2010 - at the age of 95 - in the hospital with a gin and tonic at her side. It was smuggled into the hospital in a water bottle and served in a teacup. <ref>[https://www.facebook.com/pg/InternationalGinAndTonicDay/about/?ref=page_internal FaceBook: International Gin & Tonic Day]</ref> In the US, it is also celebrated on April 9th.
  
National Egg Nog Month
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October 20: National Brandied Fruit Day
  
Second Week: Lager Beer Week
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October 27: American Beer Day
  
1              Bloody Mary Day
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October 28, 1919: The "Volstead Act" is passed by the US Congress<ref>[https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/volstead-act The Volstead Act] (National Archives)</ref>, overriding President Woodrow Wilson's veto. It establishes a definition of intoxicating liquor and provides enforcement of Prohibition.
  
There is some dispute and some confusion regarding when the Bloody Mary was first concocted, and by who, and frankly, even what the recipe was. Many say that Fernand Petoit first created it at Harry's American Bar in Paris during the 1920's, where it was essentially just tomato juice and Vodka (vodka was available in Paris before it was being regularly seen in the US). Mr. Petoit then moved to the US in the 1930's where he was the head bartender at New York's St. Regis hotel. It is here that it is said that the drink went through a number of changes. First was that the more common gin was used instead of vodka. That it got the addition of Worcestershire, lemon juice, and Tabasco. And that it was given the name "Red Snapper" to be less vulgar. Later on, vodka would have been switched back in as the spirit, and the drink returned to its original name of Bloody Mary.
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October 30, 1830: Birth of [[Jerry Thomas]]
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::The birthdate listed on his death certificate is November 1st, but according to noted historian and Jerry Thomas expert David Wondrich, he was actually born on October 30th.
  
There are those however who point to George Jessel as being the originator of the drink. He himself has some slightly conflicting stories, one claims (from "The World I Lived In" 1975) that it was in 1927 in Palm Beach, that he mixed vodka, Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice and lemon to help with a hangover. But in an Ad that appeared in Colliers Magazine, March 30, 1956, George Jessel claims that he simply mixed (Smirnoff) vodka and tomato juice together.
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==NOVEMBER==
  
In an interview with Fernand Petoit which appeared in the July 18, 1964 edition of the New Yorker, Mr. Petoit says: "...George Jessel said he created it, but it was really nothing but vodka and tomato juice when I took it over. I cover the bottom of the shaker with four large dashes of salt, two dashes of black pepper, two dashes of cayenne pepper, and a layer of Worcestershire sauce; I then add a dash of lemon juice and some cracked ice, put in two ounces of vodka and two ounces of thick tomaoto juice, shake, strain, and pour."
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November: National Pomegranate Month
  
So it appear as though that while there is some contradictory overlapping of these stories, the thread of commonality here is that Mr. Petoit admits as to not as specifically "inventing" the drink, but "perfecting" it.
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November 8: Harvey Wallbanger Day
  
5              Prohibition repealed in U.S. (1933)
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November 24: National Espresso Day
  
10          National Lager Day
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==DECEMBER==
  
12          National Ambrosia Day
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December: National Egg Nog Month
  
13          National Cocoa Day
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Second Week of December: Lager Beer Week
  
14          Death of Jerry Thomas (1885)
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December 1: Bloody Mary Day (#3)
  
20          National Sangria Day
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December 5: Repeal Day
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:: To celebrate the day that [[American Prohibition]] was repealed in U.S. (1933) <ref>[http://repealday.org RepealDay.org]</ref>
  
24          National Eggnog Day
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December 10: National Lager Day
  
30          National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day
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December 13: National Cocoa Day
  
31          National Champagne Day
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December 14, 1885: Death of [[Jerry Thomas]]<ref>[http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n2007045783.html Thomas, Jerry, 1830-1885](Library of Congress)</ref>
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::There are many instances of the date being listed as December 15th instead, but noted historian and Jerry Thomas expert David Wondrich, supports the date of December 14th instead.
  
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December 17, 1773: The Boston Tea Party <ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Tea_Party Wikipedia: The Boston Tea Party]</ref>
  
==Coffee Days:==
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December 18, 1917: The 18th Amendment, which would lead to prohibition in the US, was proposed in the US Senate.
  
May 6 = National Coffee Day
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December 20: National Sangria Day
  
May 24 = National Coffee Day in Brazil
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December 24: National Eggnog Day
  
July 22 = Coffee Week
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December 30: National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day
  
July 24 = Coffee Day
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December 31: National Champagne Day (conflicts with Champagne Day on January 19th)
  
August = National Coffee Month
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==Coffee Days==
  
September 12 = National Coffee Day in Costa Rica
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May 6: National Coffee Day
  
September 19 = National Coffee Day in Ireland
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May 24: National Coffee Day in Brazil
  
September 29 = National Coffee Day
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July 22: Coffee Week
  
October 1 = National Coffee Day in Japan
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July 24: Coffee Day
  
November 24 = National Espresso Day
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August: National Coffee Month
  
December 26 = Coffee Percolator Day
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September 12: National Coffee Day in Costa Rica
  
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September 19: National Coffee Day in Ireland
  
Websites:
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September 29: National Coffee Day
  
http://www.thenibble.com/fun/more/facts/food-holidays.asp
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October 1: National Coffee Day in Japan
  
http://www.tfdutch.com/foodh.htm
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November 24: National Espresso Day
  
http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html
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December 26: Coffee Percolator Day
  
http://www.partyguideonline.com/months/Gregorian.html
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==External Websites==
  
http://www.mypunchbowl.com/holidays/
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* https://www.drinkdays.com/full-list
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* http://www.thenibble.com/fun/more/facts/food-holidays.asp
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* http://www.tfdutch.com/foodh.htm
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* http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html
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* http://www.partyguideonline.com/months/Gregorian.html
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* http://www.mypunchbowl.com/holidays/
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* http://www.anyexcuseforaparty.com/excuses.htm
  
http://www.anyexcuseforaparty.com/excuses.htm
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==References==
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Latest revision as of 13:05, 20 July 2021

Below are a collection of "not necessarily highly researched" days which appear to be in some way cocktail/drink related. It also includes dates of "notable historic importance" which may provide a reason to celebrate as well. We will try to add and update to this list when additional dates, or additional information comes to light. When possible we will attempt to look up any factual information which might support or explain the reason these dates were chosen. There are some of these dates which the Chanticleer Society itself has decided to declare in order to mark specifically important dates.

JANUARY

January: National Hot Tea Month (US and Canada)

Last Week of January: National Irish Coffee Week

January 1: Bloody Mary Day (#1)

January 1, 2000: Milk & Honey opens in New York[1]. The bar was created by Sasha Petraske and despite its hidden location, and its "reservations only" requirement, it gained popularity amongst cocktail enthusiasts and soon-to-be craft bartenders.

January 11: National Hot Toddy Day

January 12: National Hot Tea Day

Established in 2016 by the National Tea Council of the USA [2]

January 16, 1920: American Prohibition began

January 17: National Hot Buttered Rum Day

January 19: Champagne Day (conflicts with Champagne Day on December 31)

January 24, 1935: The Beer Can was introduced

January 25: Robbie Burns Day

January 25: National Irish Coffee Day

January 31: National Brandy Alexander Day

FEBRUARY

First Saturday of February: Pisco Sour Day

The National Day of Pisco Sour is celebrated every first Saturday of February, according to a resolution of the Ministry of Production published in 2004. Before that, it was celebrated on February 8th.

February 4: 1862 - Facundo Bacardi Masso, and his brother Jose, bought the Santiago de Cuba distillery and started making rum.[3]

February 7: National Hangover Awareness Day

February 10, 1945: Rum and Coca Cola by Andrews Sisters hits #1

February 11: Don't Cry Over Split Milk Day

February 17: National Café Au Lait Day

February 18: Drink Wine Day

February 22: National Margarita Day

February 22: Don Beach's Birthday

February 24: World Bartender Day

Origin unknown, earliest reference year discovered so far is 2017.

February 27: National Kahlua Day

MARCH

March 1: Beer Day (in Iceland)

March 1, 1989 is when the 74 year prohibition of beer ended in Iceland. This apparently is a well-celebrated holiday there.

March 3, 1897: Bottled In Bond Day

On March 3rd, 1897, Congress passed the Bottled in Bond Act. The intent of this act was to create some strict guidelines that would allow customers to know that the whiskey they were buying was actually whiskey.[4]

March 3, 2003: A Tribute to "Professor" Jerry Thomas Father of the Cocktail - The Plaza Hotel, New York City

Featuring Jerry Thomas cocktails served by Dale DeGroff, Ted Haigh, Robert Hess, George Papadakis, Sasha Petraske, Gary Regan, Audrey Saunders, and David Wondrich. Presented in cooperation with Slow Food NYC[5][6].

March 3: National Mulled Wine Day

March 3: Bottled-In-Bond Day

In 1897, the US government passed the Bottled-In-Bond law.

March 4, 1634: First tavern in U.S. opens

March 5: National Absinthe Day

March 5th, 2007 marks the day in the US when Absinthe was once again legal.[7]

March 16: Bock Beer Day

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

March 17: National Green Beer Day

March 20: Bock Beer Day

March 24: National Cocktail Day

By some accounts, March 24th is apparently "National Cocktail Day", but not only is there no reference to which "Nation" it is that celebrates it on that day, there is already a "World Cocktail Day" (May 13). World Cocktail Day was declared in 2006 by the "Museum of the American Cocktail" in order to celebrate the day, 100 years prior, that the definition for the "Cocktail" is first found in print.

March 27, 1860: The corkscrew is patented.[8]

March 27: International Whisk(e)y Day

Was first announced in 2008, and was created in honor of the late British writer Michael Jackson to celebrate his birthday. [9]

APRIL

April 8: Milk in Glass Bottles Day

April 9: Gin & Tonic Day (USA)

April 15: Income Tax Day (also Accountant's Day)

April 16: Kingsley Amis' Birthday (1922)

Gravesite reads "supreme clubman, boozer and blimp."

April 19: Alcohol Content allowed on labels (1955)

April 26: National Pretzel Day

Celebrate this one with a beer

MAY

May: National Egg Month

Second Week of May: American Craft Beer Week

Second Week of May: World Cocktail Week

As declared by The Museum of the American Cocktail in 2006

May 4: National Homebrew Day

May 4: National Orange Juice Day

May 4: Bourbon Whiskey Defined (1964)

May 5: Cinco de Mayo

May 6: Beverage Day

May 6-13: World Cocktail Week

As declared by The Museum of the American Cocktail in 2006. The specific dates here (May 6 to May 13) coincides with the dates in 1806 when the term "cock-tail" appeared in "The Balance and Columbian Repository (May 6, 1806), and then when the editor wrote a response to a reader which contains the first known occurrence of the definition of a cock-tail (May 13, 1806). This essentially provides us with two, often overlapping, "World Cocktail Week" celebrations, one during the second week of May, and another specifically on the dates May 6 thru 13. If you're confused, maybe you need to have a drink to settle down.

May 8: "Have A Coke" day

May 13: World Cocktail Day

As declared by The Museum of the American Cocktail in 2006. The word "cocktail" is first defined in print (1806)[10]

May 16: Charles Hires invents Root Beer (1866)

May 20: Last episode of "Cheers" airs (1993)

May 25: National Wine Day

May 28: Ian Fleming's Birthday (1908)

May 30: National Mint Julep Day

JUNE

June: National Ice Tea Month

June: National Dairy Lovers Month

June: Second Saturday - World Gin Day

June 1, 1494: Scotch Whiskey Day

(As declared by the Chanticleer Society) - Friar John Cor was recorded on June 1, 1494 as procuring supplies for the making of copious amounts of whisky for his Majesty, King James the IV. Not particularly an event of note excepting that this is the first known recorded use of the word whiskey and indicatory of a healthy and long established tradition of distilling whisky in Great Briton, else wise he'd not been making 1500 bottles of the stuff.
"To Friar John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae VIII bolls of malt." - Exchequer Rolls 1494-95, Vol x, p. 487.[11]

June 4: National Cognac Day

June 7, 1917: Dean Martin is born

June 8, 1751: Vodka Day

(As declared by the Chanticleer Society) The first written usage of the word vodka in an official Russian document in its modern meaning is dated by the decree of Empress Elizabeth of June 8, 1751, which regulated the ownership of vodka distilleries.

June 10: Iced Tea Day

June 12, 1744: Cachaca Day

"The SBC (Sociedade Brasileira da Cachaça) wants to declare June 12 the International Day of Cachaça because June 12, 1744, Portugal, then colonizer of Brazil, prohibited the production and distribution of cachaça in the country."[12]

June 19: National Martini Day

June 20: Ice Cream Soda Day

June 21: John Lermayer Day[13]

As declared by the city of Miami Beach in memory of John Lermayer.[14][15]

June 27: National Orange Blossom Day

June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day

JULY

Second Saturday of July: World Rum Day

World Rum Day was launched in 2019 by Paul Jackson, spirits writer and Editor of World Rum Guide. It is celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of July each year, becoming the focal point of the wonderful series of occasions at the start of July, including National Mojito Day, National Piña Colada Day and National Daiquiri Day.[16]

July 2: National Anisette Day

July 2: National Flag Day in Curaçao [17]

July 10: National Pina Colada Day

July 11: National Mojito Day

July 14: National Grand Marnier Day

July 19: National Daiquiri Day

July 24: National Tequila Day

July 26: National Coffee Milkshake Day

July 27: National Scotch Day

July 31: Black Tot Day

It was on July 31st, 1970, that the Royal Navy issued sailors with their final rum ration. [18]

AUGUST

August 2: Peter O'Toole's Birthday (1932)

August 4: Champagne is "said" to have been invented by Dom Perignon on this day in 1693.

It was said that upon his first taste of his sparkling champagne wine he announced "Come quickly, I am drinking stars!". However sparkling wine was known before this time, one possible originator was Christopher Merret, who published in 1662 an account of making wines "brisk and sparkling" by adding sugars to them. Dom's quote is probably also more marketing than actual fact, since its first appearance is in a print advertisement in the late 19th century. This should not undermine Dom Perignon's value to the history of Champagne, because he did work tirelessly on advancing and perfecting the art, and almost certainly the product we drink today owes more than a small debt to his efforts.

August 5: International Beer Day - Apparently "first celebrated" on August 5th, 2007, and henceforth christened.[19]

"On the night in question, we were beerstorming (drinking lots of beer in an effort to come up with brilliant ideas) band names for a friend's new band, but a couple of hours into the evening, talk turned to how wonderful beerstorming itself was. After thoroughly discussing beerstorming's merits someone declared that there should be a beer holiday."

August 6: Root Beer Float Day

August 9: Diet Coke introduced (1982)

August 16: National Rum Day

August 20: Lemonade Day

August 29, 2005: The Pegu Club cocktail lounge opens in New York[20]. The Pegu Club, the brainchild of Audrey Saunders, ushered in craft cocktails to New York for the general public.

August 29: National Whisky Sour Day

August 29: Lemon Juice Day

August 30: Mai Tai Day[21]

As with many things on the Internet, there can be some confusion about this. There are a lot of folks who appear to claim that June 30th is Mai Tai day. So far, I haven't found any rationale that supports that claim. Since the Mai Tai was invented by "Trader Vic" in August of 1944, and since the Trader Vic company itself upholds August 30th as National Mai Tai Day, I think that settles it.

SEPTEMBER

September: California Wine Month

September 2: Beer & Can Day

September 12: Chocolate Milkshake Day

September 15: National Crème de Menthe Day

September 19: Talk like a Pirate Day

September 20: National Rum Punch Day

September 21: Dale DeGroff's Birthday

September 27: National Chocolate Milk Day

September 28: Drink Beer Day

September 29: National Coffee Day

September 30: National Mulled Cider Day

OCTOBER

October: American Beer Week (2nd week)

October 1: Sake Day (Nihonshu no Hi) [22]

October 4: National Vodka Day

October 5: Bloody Mary Day (#2)

Legend has it the world's first Bloody Mary was shaken precisely 75 years ago, on October 5, 1934-just five years after the invention of canned tomato juice-at the King Cole Bar in the St. Regis, the now-100-year-old beaux arts hotel founded by John Jacob Astor at the eminently exclusive corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street.[23]

October 7: National Frappe Day

October 11: World Egg Day

October 12: First Oktoberfest Celebrated (1810)

It was actually a party to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest}

October 16: National Liqueur Day

October 19: International Gin & Tonic Day

Appears to have been honorarily declared in 2010 in honor of Mary Edith Keyburn, by her family. It is said she loved to have the occasional tipple of gin and tonic, and passed away on October 19th, 2010 - at the age of 95 - in the hospital with a gin and tonic at her side. It was smuggled into the hospital in a water bottle and served in a teacup. [24] In the US, it is also celebrated on April 9th.

October 20: National Brandied Fruit Day

October 27: American Beer Day

October 28, 1919: The "Volstead Act" is passed by the US Congress[25], overriding President Woodrow Wilson's veto. It establishes a definition of intoxicating liquor and provides enforcement of Prohibition.

October 30, 1830: Birth of Jerry Thomas

The birthdate listed on his death certificate is November 1st, but according to noted historian and Jerry Thomas expert David Wondrich, he was actually born on October 30th.

NOVEMBER

November: National Pomegranate Month

November 8: Harvey Wallbanger Day

November 24: National Espresso Day

DECEMBER

December: National Egg Nog Month

Second Week of December: Lager Beer Week

December 1: Bloody Mary Day (#3)

December 5: Repeal Day

To celebrate the day that American Prohibition was repealed in U.S. (1933) [26]

December 10: National Lager Day

December 13: National Cocoa Day

December 14, 1885: Death of Jerry Thomas[27]

There are many instances of the date being listed as December 15th instead, but noted historian and Jerry Thomas expert David Wondrich, supports the date of December 14th instead.

December 17, 1773: The Boston Tea Party [28]

December 18, 1917: The 18th Amendment, which would lead to prohibition in the US, was proposed in the US Senate.

December 20: National Sangria Day

December 24: National Eggnog Day

December 30: National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day

December 31: National Champagne Day (conflicts with Champagne Day on January 19th)

Coffee Days

May 6: National Coffee Day

May 24: National Coffee Day in Brazil

July 22: Coffee Week

July 24: Coffee Day

August: National Coffee Month

September 12: National Coffee Day in Costa Rica

September 19: National Coffee Day in Ireland

September 29: National Coffee Day

October 1: National Coffee Day in Japan

November 24: National Espresso Day

December 26: Coffee Percolator Day

External Websites

References