21 October

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Today is National Mezcal Day

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Mezcal Margarita

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Perhaps this page should read ‘International Mezcal Day’, as although this ‘National Day’ is an all American creation there are a great many of us around the world who feel mezcal deserves a day of its own. A day us devotees can show our appreciation for the artisanal Mexican producers that craft this delectable agave spirit and, well, to enjoy drinking mezcal.

With this is mind we've selected 10 of our favourite mezcal cocktails for your delectation:

1. Mezcal Margarita
2. Succulent Blood
3. Ultima Palabra
4. Naked & Famous
5. Farmer's Tan
6. Sandy The Showgirl
7. Tommi's Ccocktail
8. Alcatraz
9. Give Me Fever
10. Smoky Tears Cocktail

It's also the day Nelson died

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. In British pubs, a combination of equal parts port and brandy is sometimes also traditionally called a Nelson's Blood.

Carrie Fisher's birthday

Carrie Fisher - eternally known as Princess Leia - celebrates her birthday today. And as a Hollywood survivor, not to mention a Star Wars survivor, she takes some beating.

Daugher of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, and briefly stepdaughter to Liz Taylor, Fisher was born as Hollywood royalty and followed an apparently predictable path that meandered through stardom into substance addiction. Yet she has transformed herself into a novelist, memoirist, screenwriter and lecturer - as well as a popular cameo actress. And, best of all, she is still working, despite an age that means career death for most actresses.

Princess Leia, we salute you. And we are toasting you with a Hollywood cocktail. It's a suitably unpredictable blend of rum, grapefruit, pomegranate and nutmeg - and a lot more adult than the name would suggest.

Today is not the rapture

Harold Camping, doyen of doomsday mongers, is one of few people to have predicted the End of the World no fewer than three times - and appears, in all honestly, to have believed it each time.

More predictably his own demise preceded that of the world and he died in December 2013, two years after he'd given up the predictions game for good. Already 90, he had spent much of the profits from his evangelical Family Radio station advertising the upcoming Rapture, when the righteous (AKA members of his church) would fly up to heaven, leaving everyone else to a welter of plagues and brimstone that would destroy the earth.

This is probably a good thing. Many of Camping's followers gave up homes and jobs in preparation for his first rapture, back in 1994, the second, in May 2011, and the third, rescheduled for this day in 2011. We are marking the end of the end of the world predictions (at least for the moment) with a pleasantly aromatic concoction, a Fly Like A Butterfly.

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