There have been times in our more recent booze history when mixing a range of modifiers to the base ingredient was totally necessary to disguise the undrinkable spirits, hence the birth of the modern cocktail. There’s a National Bloody Mary Day in the US (on Jan 1. Go figure), National Body Shot Day (also in the US on Feb 27), Malbec Day (April 7), International Gin and Tonic Day (April 9), World Cocktail Day (May 13), World Whisky Day (May 20), International Beer Day (Aug 5), International Pinot Noir Day (Aug 18), World Gin Day (Nov 7) to name but a few. Who'd have thought humans needed even more motivation to drink. Whether you see them as fun, silly or vaguely serious, there is literally a day for everyone to celebrate their favourite tipple.
The only reason I’m taking today’s Brandy Alexander Day semi-seriously is because we make the key ingredient so damned well. However, my growing appreciation of superb local brandy, particularly the potstill variety such as the award-winning Van Ryn’s 12yo and Oude Meester 18yo, means I’m not so sure I’d like to throw anything else in my glass. For those of you who’d like to have another go at your week, shakers ready!