12 October

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Today is National Day in Spain

So we are drinking a...

Sangria Cocktail

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Today is a holiday in Spain as the country celebrates its national day – the Fiesta Nacional de España.

Why today? Well, bizarrely enough, today is the day that Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas. Although Columbus himself was an Italian from Genoa, he claimed the Americas for his Spanish employers, so today is also a chance for Spaniards to celebrate their common Hispanic heritage with inhabitants of their former empires overseas.

We'll be marking the occasion with a Sangria Martini, a slightly more adult yet extremely moreish take on the ancient Spanish blend that has become a classic.

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