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World Sauntering Day

June 19 is World Sauntering Day!

World Sauntering Day was introduced in the 1970s as a response to the increasingly popular activity of jogging. W.T. Rabe, the Public Relations Director of the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan, thought that people needed to slow down and smell the roses instead of rushing around everywhere. Thus, World Sauntering Day was born.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, to saunter is “to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner”. By definition, World Sauntering Day encourages us to take it easy and enjoy life as it comes. Celebrate by taking an aimless stroll with your friends, your canine companion, or just by yourself.

Sources: Holiday Insights, A Year of Holidays

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National Martini Day

June 19 is National Martini Day!

The martini is a sophisticated cocktail made with gin and vermouth garnished with an olive or lemon twist. Sometimes, the vodka is substituted for gin, but purists would scoff at this practice. Though the origin of the drink is unclear, it has been present in bartending guides since the late 19th century.

Celebrate today with a traditional martini made of 5 parts gin and 1 part vermouth, or take a page from Ian Fleming’s book and have a Vesper Martini:

“Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”
-Casino Royale, Chapter 7

No matter how you enjoy your martini today, don’t enjoy too many!

Sources: Historia de Victuals, About.com

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