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==JANUARY==
 
==JANUARY==
  
National Hot Tea Month
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January: National Hot Tea Month
  
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 11: National Hot Toddy Day
  
16           Prohibition began (1920)
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January 16: Prohibition began (1920)
  
17           National Hot Buttered Rum Day
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January 17: National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  
19           Champagne Day
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January 19: Champagne Day
  
24           The Beer Can was introduced (1935)
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January 24: The Beer Can was introduced (1935)
  
25           Robbie Burns Day
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January 25: Robbie Burns Day
  
25           National Irish Coffee Day
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January 25: National Irish Coffee Day
  
31           National Brandy Alexander 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 - 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.
  
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]</ref>
  
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 7: National Hangover Awareness Day
  
7              National Hangover Awareness Day
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February 10: Rum and Coca Cola by Andrews Sisters hits #1 (1945)
  
10          Rum and Coca Cola by Andrews Sisters hits #1 (1945)
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February 11: Don't Cry Over Split Milk Day
  
11          Don't Cry Over Split Milk Day
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February 17: National Café Au Lait Day
  
17          National Café Au Lait Day
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February 18: Drink Wine Day
  
18          Drink Wine Day
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February 22: National Margarita Day
  
22           National Margarita Day
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February 22: Don Beach's Birthday
  
22          Don Beach's Birthday
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February 27: National Kahlua Day
 
 
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) - March 1, 1989 is when the 74 year prohibition of beer ended in Iceland. This apparently is a well-celebrated holiday there.
  
3             National Mulled Wine Day
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March 3: National Mulled Wine Day
  
4             First tavern in U.S. opens (1634)
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March 4: First tavern in U.S. opens (1634)
  
16           Bock Beer Day
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March 16: Bock Beer Day
  
17           St. Patrick's Day
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March 17: St. Patrick's Day
  
17           National Green Beer Day
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March 17: National Green Beer Day
  
20           Bock Beer Day
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March 20: Bock Beer Day
  
27           The corkscrew is patented (1860)
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March 27: The corkscrew is patented (1860)
  
 
==APRIL==
 
==APRIL==
  
8             Milk in Glass Bottles Day
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April 8: Milk in Glass Bottles Day
  
15          Income Tax Day (also Accountant's Day)
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April 9: Gin & Tonic Day (USA)
  
16          Kingsley Amis' Birthday (1922) Gravesite reads "supreme clubman, boozer and blimp."
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April 15: Income Tax Day (also Accountant's Day)
  
19          Alcohol Content allowed on labels (1955)
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April 16: Kingsley Amis' Birthday (1922) Gravesite reads "supreme clubman, boozer and blimp."
  
26           National Pretzel Day - celebrate this one with a beer
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April 19: Alcohol Content allowed on labels (1955)
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April 26: National Pretzel Day - celebrate this one with a beer
  
 
==MAY==
 
==MAY==
  
National Egg Month
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May: National Egg Month
  
Second Week: American Craft Beer Week
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Second Week of May: American Craft Beer Week
  
Second Week: World Cocktail Week (Designated by The Museum of the American Cocktail)
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Second Week of May: World Cocktail Week (Designated by The Museum of the American Cocktail)
  
4             National Homebrew Day
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May 4: National Homebrew Day
  
4             National Orange Juice Day
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May 4: National Orange Juice Day
  
4             [[Bourbon Whiskey Definition|Bourbon Whiskey Defined]] (1964)
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May 4: [[Bourbon Whiskey Definition|Bourbon Whiskey Defined]] (1964)
  
5             Cinco de Mayo
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May 5: Cinco de Mayo
  
6             Beverage Day
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May 6: Beverage Day
  
6-13       World Cocktail Week
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May 6-13: World Cocktail Week
  
8             "Have A Coke" day
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May 8: "Have A Coke" day
  
13           World Cocktail Day: The word "cocktail" is first defined in print (1806)
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May 13: World Cocktail Day: The word "cocktail" is first defined in print (1806)
  
16           Charles Hires invents Root Beer (1866)
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May 16: Charles Hires invents Root Beer (1866)
  
20           Last episode of "Cheers" airs (1993)
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May 20: Last episode of "Cheers" airs (1993)
  
25           National Wine Day
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May 25: National Wine Day
  
28           Ian Fleming's Birthday (1908)
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May 28: Ian Fleming's Birthday (1908)
  
30           National Mint Julep Day
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May 30: National Mint Julep Day
  
 
==JUNE==
 
==JUNE==
  
National Ice Tea Month
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June: National Ice Tea Month
 
 
National Dairy Lovers Month
 
 
 
1              Scotch Whiskey Day (mine)
 
 
 
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.
 
  
"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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June: National Dairy Lovers Month
  
4              National Cognac Day
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June 1: 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, 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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::"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.
  
7              Dean Martin is born (1917)
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June 4: National Cognac Day
  
8              Vodka Day (mine)
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June 7: Dean Martin is born (1917)
  
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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June 8: 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.
  
10           Iced Tea Day
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June 10: Iced Tea Day
  
12           Cachaca Day
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June 12: Cachaca Day
From: http://www.brazzil.com/p25jul96.htm
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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>
" 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 19: National Martini Day
  
20           Ice Cream Soda Day
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June 20: Ice Cream Soda Day
  
27           National Orange Blossom Day
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June 27: National Orange Blossom Day
  
30           National Ice Cream Soda Day
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June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day
  
 
==JULY==
 
==JULY==
  
2             National Anisette Day
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July 2: National Anisette Day
  
10           National Pina Colada Day
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July 10: National Pina Colada Day
  
14           National Grand Marnier Day
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July 14: National Grand Marnier Day
  
19           National Daiquiri Day
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July 19: National Daiquiri Day
  
24           National Tequila Day
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July 24: National Tequila Day
  
26           National Coffee Milkshake Day
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July 26: National Coffee Milkshake Day
  
27           National Scotch Day
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July 27: National Scotch Day
  
 
==AUGUST==
 
==AUGUST==
  
2             Peter O'Toole's Birthday (1932)
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August 2: Peter O'Toole's Birthday (1932)
 
 
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.
 
  
5              International Beer Day (http://internationalbeerday.com/) Apparently "first celebrated" on August 5th, 2007, and henceforth christened.
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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.
  
"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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August 5: International Beer Day - Apparently "first celebrated" on August 5th, 2007, and henceforth christened.<ref>[ http://internationalbeerday.com/]</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."
  
6             Root Beer Float Day
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August 6: Root Beer Float Day
  
9             Diet Coke introduced (1982)
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August 9: Diet Coke introduced (1982)
  
16           National Rum Day
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August 16: National Rum Day
  
20           Lemonade Day
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August 20: Lemonade Day
  
29           National Whisky Sour Day
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August 29: National Whisky Sour Day
  
29           Lemon Juice Day
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August 29: Lemon Juice Day
  
30           Mai Tai Day (as per the Trader Vic Company)
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August 30: Mai Tai Day (as per the Trader Vic Company)
  
 
==SEPTEMBER==
 
==SEPTEMBER==
  
California Wine Month
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September: California Wine Month
  
2             Beer & Can Day
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September 2: Beer & Can Day
  
12           Chocolate Milkshake Day
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September 12: Chocolate Milkshake Day
  
15           National Crème de Menthe Day
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September 15: National Crème de Menthe Day
  
19           Talk like a Pirate Day
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September 19: Talk like a Pirate Day
  
20           National Rum Punch Day
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September 20: National Rum Punch Day
  
21           Dale DeGroff's Birthday
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September 21: Dale DeGroff's Birthday
  
27           National Chocolate Milk Day
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September 27: National Chocolate Milk Day
  
28           Drink Beer Day
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September 28: Drink Beer Day
  
29           National Coffee Day
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September 29: National Coffee Day
  
30           National Mulled Cider Day
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September 30: National Mulled Cider Day
  
 
==OCTOBER==
 
==OCTOBER==
  
American Beer Week (2nd week)
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October: American Beer Week (2nd week)
 
 
1              Sake Day (Nihonshu no Hi)
 
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.
 
 
 
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.)
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
  
4              National Vodka 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/  Sake World</ref>
  
5              Bloody Mary??
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October 4: National Vodka Day
  
http://www.ediblecommunities.com/manhattan/september/october-2009/notable-edibles.htm
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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.
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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/]</ref>
  
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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October 7: National Frappe Day
  
7              National Frappe Day
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October 11: World Egg Day
  
11          World Egg Day
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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}
  
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
  
16          National Liqueur Day
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October 20: National Brandied Fruit Day
  
20          National Brandied Fruit Day
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October 27: American Beer Day
 
 
27           American Beer Day
 
  
 
==NOVEMBER==
 
==NOVEMBER==
  
National Pomegranate Month
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November: National Pomegranate Month
  
1             Birth of Jerry Thomas (or there abouts) in 1830, or was it 1829?
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November 1: Birth of Jerry Thomas (or there abouts) in 1830, or was it 1829?
  
8             Harvey Wallbanger Day
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November 8: Harvey Wallbanger Day
  
24           National Espresso Day
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November 24: National Espresso Day
  
 
==DECEMBER==
 
==DECEMBER==
  
National Egg Nog Month
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December: National Egg Nog Month
 
 
Second Week: Lager Beer Week
 
 
 
1              Bloody Mary Day
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
  
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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Second Week of December: Lager Beer Week
  
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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December 1: Bloody Mary Day (#3)
  
5             Prohibition repealed in U.S. (1933)
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December 5: Prohibition repealed in U.S. (1933)
  
10           National Lager Day
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December 10: National Lager Day
  
12           National Ambrosia Day
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December 12: National Ambrosia Day
  
13           National Cocoa Day
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December 13: National Cocoa Day
  
14           Death of Jerry Thomas (1885)
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December 14: Death of Jerry Thomas (1885)
  
20           National Sangria Day
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December 20: National Sangria Day
  
24           National Eggnog Day
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December 24: National Eggnog Day
  
30           National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day
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December 30: National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day
  
31           National Champagne Day
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December 31: National Champagne Day
  
 
   
 
   
  
==Coffee Days:==
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==Coffee Days==
  
 
May 6 = National Coffee Day
 
May 6 = National Coffee Day
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Websites:
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==External Websites==
 
 
http://www.thenibble.com/fun/more/facts/food-holidays.asp
 
 
 
http://www.tfdutch.com/foodh.htm
 
 
 
http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html
 
 
 
http://www.partyguideonline.com/months/Gregorian.html
 
  
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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Revision as of 16:10, 11 March 2019

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.

JANUARY

January: National Hot Tea Month

Last Week of January: National Irish Coffee Week

January 1: Bloody Mary Day (#1)

January 11: National Hot Toddy Day

January 16: Prohibition began (1920)

January 17: National Hot Buttered Rum Day

January 19: Champagne Day

January 24: The Beer Can was introduced (1935)

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.[1]

February 7: National Hangover Awareness Day

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

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 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: National Mulled Wine Day

March 4: First tavern in U.S. opens (1634)

March 16: Bock Beer Day

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

March 17: National Green Beer Day

March 20: Bock Beer Day

March 27: The corkscrew is patented (1860)

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 (Designated by The Museum of the American Cocktail)

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

May 8: "Have A Coke" day

May 13: World Cocktail Day: The word "cocktail" is first defined in print (1806)

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 1: 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, 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.

"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.

June 4: National Cognac Day

June 7: Dean Martin is born (1917)

June 8: 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: 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."[2]

June 19: National Martini Day

June 20: Ice Cream Soda Day

June 27: National Orange Blossom Day

June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day

JULY

July 2: National Anisette Day

July 10: National Pina Colada 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

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.[3]

"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: National Whisky Sour Day

August 29: Lemon Juice Day

August 30: Mai Tai Day (as per the Trader Vic Company)

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) [4]

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.[5]

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 20: National Brandied Fruit Day

October 27: American Beer Day

NOVEMBER

November: National Pomegranate Month

November 1: Birth of Jerry Thomas (or there abouts) in 1830, or was it 1829?

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: Prohibition repealed in U.S. (1933)

December 10: National Lager Day

December 12: National Ambrosia Day

December 13: National Cocoa Day

December 14: Death of Jerry Thomas (1885)

December 20: National Sangria Day

December 24: National Eggnog Day

December 30: National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day

December 31: National Champagne Day


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


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