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National Daiquiri Day

Strawberry daiquiriJuly 19 is National Daiquiri Day!

The daiquiri is a classic cocktail made up of rum, lime juice and sugar, though other flavors and ingredients,  such as fruit,  are often added. American mining engineer Jennings Cox supposedly invented the daiquiri in 1905 while working in the town of Daiquiri, near Santiago, Cuba. According to legend, he came up with this popular tropical cocktail when he ran out of gin while entertaining guests. However, since all three ingredients of the original daiquiri are produced in abundance in Cuba, it’s very likely that that the cocktail had already existed.

Learn more about the history of the daiquiri and the secret to making the cocktail just right by clicking here.

Celebrate National Daiquiri Day by making a round of daiquiris for everyone! Click here for both a classic daiquiri and a strawberry daiquiri recipe.

Enjoy your daiquiri frozen or on the rocks!

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, squaremeal.co.uk
Photo Source: Elektra Noelani Fisher from London, England via Wikimedia Commons
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National Flitch Day

“But never for us the flitch of bacon though, That some may win in Essex at Dunmow.”

-“Prologue to the Wife of Bath’s Tale”

The Canterbury TalesGeoffrey Chaucer

A flitch is a measurement of bacon, now called a slab. Dating back to the early 1100s, a couple who had been married and faithful to one another for at least a year and a day could take home a flitch of bacon on July 19. The couple had to stand mock trial and confess that they still loved one another and had been faithful in their marriage in front of a jury of their peers. After reciting the pledge, they literally could “bring home the bacon”.

Flitch Trails are still held every four years in Great Dunmow, England. Couples must convince a local jury made of six bachelors and six bachelorettes that they do not regret being married. If they are successful, they receive a flitch of bacon and are paraded victoriously through the streets.

Sources: Gone-ta-Pott, The Ultimate Holiday Site

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