12 February

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Santiago was founded today

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Pisco Sour (Difford's recipe)

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Spanish Conquistador, Pedro de Valdiva, stood on Huelen Hill (now known as Cerro Santa Lucia) today in 1541 and conducted a founding ceremony for the city of Santiago, Chile's capital.

The site was chosen for its climate, and lush vegetation, though there were initially quite a few teething problems when the Incas didn't take too kindly to the Spanish invasion. But, within about 20 years, the settlement was stabilised - nowadays, there are more than 5 million people living in Santiago.

There's no way that a South American celebration could take place without the presence of pisco, so we're suggesting what is, arguably, Chile's national drink... mix a Pisco Sour tonight, and raise a glass to Santiago - its past, present and future.

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