Our friends across the pond have given us a reason to celebrate. In America today it is officially National Vodka Day. Why? No idea, but it's also National Taco Day. Anywise, we’ll be enjoying tacos washed down with the cleansing enlivening chill of a well-made Vodka Martini. Why not?
On this day in 1957, the Space Age officially began, and the Space Race entered a new gear, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first human-created device to enter space. An artificial satellite, only about the size of a beachball, Sputnik was the forerunner of the three thousand-odd satellites that orbit Earth today - and the opening gambit in the race that would lead to men walking on the moon, the International Space Station and, hopefully, Virgin Galactic too.
The launch caused more consternation than celebration on this side of the Iron Curtain, however. Many feared that the Soviet Union would use satellites as a platform to launch nuclear missiles. But times have changed. As has the Sputnik cocktail. Our take on this classic Soviet era drink upgrades it from the original cheap Cuban and Georgian hooch and tinned orange into something rather drinkable.