21 October

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Nelson's Blood Cocktail

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As Napoleon massed his forces on the French coast ready to invade Britain, the British fleet gathered just west of Spain’s Cape Trafalgar, ready to take on the French and Spanish navies.


The battle took place on this day in 1805 and, thanks to Lord Nelson, victory went to the British. Sadly, though, Nelson gave his life during the battle, his spine shattered by a bullet. Legend has it that his body was brought home in rum, giving the spirit its nickname, Nelson's Blood, so the thoroughly rummy Nelson's Blood cocktail makes an eminently suitable memorial.

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