14 May

The anniversary of Louis XIV's enthronement

Sunshine Cocktail No.1

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Sunshine Cocktail No.1

Crowned on this day in 1643 at the young age of just four, Louis XIV of France built the Palace of Versailles, established France as one of the pre-eminent powers of Europe, and reigned for 72 years and 110 days – which remains the record for the longest reign in a major European country.

Louis chose the sun as his emblem and was known as the Sun King, so what else to toast him with but a Sunshine Cocktail?

Today is also the anniversary of the first U.S. Space Station

It's safe to say that the Cold Warriors who launched the US' first space station - Skylab - on this day in 1973 wouldn't have imagined a world in which the International Space Station was possible.

Skylab was launched as a riposte to the Soviet space station Salyut 1, which had launched a couple of years earlier - although the first crew to reach it were all killed by an accident on re-entry.

It was also supposed to mark the first steps towards travel into outer space, a goal that seemed frustratingly far away - at least until China provided new competition in the space race.

Today, Elon Musk's SpaceX continues to develop its SpaceX Starship to "boldly go where no man has gone before" and orbit Mars. Meanwhile, NASA is working to send astronauts to an asteroid. We're toasting the brave pioneers who were the first to live in space with The Star, a cocktail that most likely predates the car, let alone the plane.

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