20 March

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Today is the Spring Equinox

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Baltic Spring Punch

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Spring is here! The daffodils are out, it's light when we leave the office and we're beginning to wean ourselves off hot-soup and onto summer salads.


So....it's about time that those of you out there who like to drink seasonally start thinking about changing your cocktail menus - move away from heavy, wintery flavours like cream, chocolate and coffee, and onto lighter, fruity flavours - because it's only going to get warmer and warmer from now on...right?!

We're giving you a starting point with the Baltic Spring Punch which uses a ripe peach, Rose Petal Liqueur and champagne to put a 'spring' in your step (see what we did there?). Mix yourself a Spring Punch, and start to think about the other flavours that are available round this time of the year. Tweet any brainwaves you have - @diffordsguide

Today is also Eoster


For some the spring equinox bring with it Eoster, or Ostara to some, a day for pagans in the northern hemisphere to celebrate a dawn goddess called Eostre, and the renewed life that comes to earth with spring. And, umm, yes, Eoster is where "Easter" comes from.

Most modern pagans, or Wiccans, tend to celebrate Eoster quietly, in circles, with a little bread and wine and perhaps a candle or two. Nobody knows how the old pagans did it, or even what they were celebrating.

Some think, however, that this is the day when the great mother goddess gets down and dirty with the sun god and conceives a child. The child will then be born at the winter solstice - or, roughly speaking, Christmas.

We are getting in the spirit with a Paradise #3 - circles and candles strictly optional.

Today is also Extraterrestrial Abduction Day


Do you believe in little green men? Or greys? UFOs? Or alien abductions? Then Extraterrestrial Abduction Day is for you - and that's today.

It's a time to snuggle up somewhere warm and safe, with a helpful tome like How to Defend Yourself Against Alien Abduction (clue: blocking mind control helps), or perhaps Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens, in which a medical professor explores whether little grey men from outer space are really conducting sexual experiments on thousands of Americans.

Or, of course, you could read something like Hystories, which explains the alien abduction craze as a fit of mass hysteria, just like witchcraft, or watch the first ever South Park episode - Cartman Gets an Anal Probe.

We'll be marking today with a Green Fairy, one of the better contemporary absinthe cocktails, created by Dick Bradsell. A couple of these and you really will be seeing little green men.

It's also the day King Ludwig I abdicated


The 19th-century Irish courtesan Lola Montez certainly led an impressive life - eloping in her teens, taking up a career as a "Spanish" dancer and dating men ranging from the composer Franz Liszt and the writer Alexandre Dumas to King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

As Ludwig's mistress, she wielded considerable power, driving liberal reforms that made both Ludwig and herself unpopular until, on this day in 1848, he abdicated. Lola's career continued to flourish; Ludwig's didn't.

We are toasting Lola, and her epic joie de vivre, with a suitably glamorous Showbiz, replete with vodka, cassis and grapefruit. Or you might think a Lola more fitting.

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