22 December

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Anniversary of the Andes Survivors' rescue

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Cola de Mono

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On 13 October 1972, a plane carrying rugby players to a match in Santiago, Chile, crashed high in the snowy Andes. More than two months later, long after everyone had given up hope, two men walked out of the mountains.

They would lead rescuers to the remains of the plane and a further 14 survivors, who had survived savage conditions in a triumph of the human spirit. In honour of the men who were rescued on this day we are drinking a Cola de Mono, an adaptation of a traditional Chilean drink, based on pisco, the spirit of the Andes.

It's also Puccini's birthday

Giacomo Puccini was born into a musical family in Tuscany, and went on to compose masterpieces like La Boheme, Tosca and Madame Butterfly.

Puccini was famed for his beautiful arias, but he was nicknamed 'brutta voce' (ugly voice) for his own husky voice which was the result of a furious smoking habit. While he was in the middle of writing Turandot he died of throat cancer.

Raise a glass to this legend and celebrate his work with a Puccini cocktail.

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