Welcome to our celebration of America’s least observed federal holiday… Columbus Day!
As I tweeted earlier today:
“Celebrate Columbus Day: Walk into someone’s house & tell them you live there now.”
For your information, Columbus first arrived in the Americas in 1492 with three ships named Santa María, Pinta, and Niña. In 1493, on his second voyage he came with 17 ships carrying supplies, and about 1,200 men to ‘colonize’ the region. Thus my tweet: “Celebrate Columbus Day: Walk into someone’s house & tell them you live there now.”
Columbus Day was celebrated as far back as 1792, and made official by Franklin Roosevelt in 1937; however, statistics show that in the USA only about 1 in 10 workplaces actually close for the observance of Columbus Day. Yes, I know, why should we give props to a guy who “discovered” an already populated landmass (and didn’t even get there first anyway thanks to early Vikings and the Chinese explorers)? We’re not here to be political; we’re here to drink, so in that spirit, we present a couple appropriate libations for your Columbus Day enjoyment!
1 1/2 oz gold rum
3/4 oz apricot brandy
1 oz lime juice
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass
The Santa Maria Cocktail
in honor of Columbus’ flagship
Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice
Recipes adapted from drinksmixer.com
History source: ahistoryofdrinking.com