25 April

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It's Anzac Day

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Espresso Martini

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Since 1916, both Australia and New Zealand have commemorated today as Anzac (The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day, a chance to remember the men and women who lost their lives fighting for the Empire.

On 25 April 1915, the first Australian and New Zealand Army Corps forces landed at Gallipoli, marking the start of the Gallipoli campaign, a misguided attempt by Winston Churchill to conquer a strategic peninsula in Turkey. Though other forces fought in the campaign, Gallipoli is part of the heritage of three nations: it was a defining step in the journey to independence for both Australia and New Zealand, and a career triumph for Atatürk, who went on to found modern Turkey.

At military services, soldiers begin commemorations with a "gunfire breakfast" of coffee and rum, the substance that fuelled Anzac forces at Gallipoli. Dick Bradsell's iconic Espresso Martini makes an extremely palatable substitute.

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