Bastille Day or Something Nearer Our Heart

We’re celebrating much that is French today.

–  On this date in 1789 the citizens of France stormed the Bastille. People lost their heads I guess.

–  Today the cyclists of the Tour de France begin the mountain stages in the Pyrenees. It makes me tired to even think about it.

–  Yesterday the United States’ fabulous women’s soccer team defeated France to advance to Sunday’s championship game of the World Cup. What a stunning run by our team!

But since I wrote about new French wines that arrived yesterday, we’ll have to look elsewhere in the world for our daily cocktail.

On this day in 1911, Harry Atwood, an exhibition pilot for the Wright brothers landed his airplane on the South Lawn of the White House. He was later awarded a gold medal by President Taft for his feat. I’m thinkin’ Harry might get a different reception if he tried that stunt today.

Birthdays! We got birthdays!!

–  Today’s the birthday of folksinger and father of Arlo, Woody Guthrie (1912) and filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918).

–  Painters James Whistler (1834) and Gustav Klimt (1862) share this birthday.

–  Actor and veteran of the University of Kentucky Theatre Department, Harry Dean Stanton was born today.

But our “Cocktail 4 2day” is for another great Kentuckian.

Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler was born this day in 1898. Besides being the Governor of Kentucky (twice!), a United States Senator and the Commissioner of Baseball, he also could sing “My Old Kentucky Home” better than anyone on the planet. May I have a handkerchief please?

Mint Julep Recipe

4 fresh mint sprigs

2 ½ oz. Hancock Bourbon

1 tsp. powdered sugar

2 tsp. water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

Your sun will shine bright indeed.

Cheers,

Roger.

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