22 December

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Andes Survivors Found

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Cola de Mono

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On 13 October 1972, a plane carrying rugby players to a match in Santiago, Chile, crashed high in the snowy Andes. More than two months later, long after everyone had given up hope, two men walked out of the mountains.


They would lead rescuers to the remains of the plane and a further 14 survivors, who had survived savage conditions in a triumph of the human spirit. In honour of the men who were rescued on this day we are drinking a Cola de Mono, an adaptation of a traditional Chilean drink, based on pisco, the spirit of the Andes.

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