Today is the day that the Nobel prizes are awarded every year - and we've seen some odd choices -from the European Union through to Johannes Fibiger, made a laureate for his discovery that parasitic worms cause cancer (they don't).
But on this day in 1953 came one of the committee's more initially surprising choices - Winston Churchill, as Nobel laureate for literature.
Why? Well, his speeches were inspirational, and rank with the greatest rhetoric of all time. His books might be a bit hard going nowadays, but "We shall fight them on the beaches" still rocks crowds today.
Churchill was no slouch in the alcohol consumption stakes, famously remarking "I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me". So we're toasting the great man and all his works with a Churchill Martini, AKA neat gin. Feel free to make as Churchill allegedly did, and wave the gin bottle in the direction of France in lieu of vermouth. Cheers!