3 September

Lionheart Crowned

So we are drinking a...

Red Lion (Difford's recipe)

Crowned king of England in Westminster Abbey today in 1189, Richard I spent no more than about six months in the country he ruled for a decade.

His main ambition was to go on crusade, which meant leaving his kingdom in the hands of others and, needless to say, losing his power. When he finally returned in 1194, he had to be crowned again, in Winchester. His most famous legacies are probably his defeat of the brilliant Arab leader Saladin at the Battle of Arsuf, and his statue outside London's Houses of Parliament, the sword of which was bent during World War II.

Richard was known as Richard the Lionheart because of his military prowess, so let's toast the Lionheart with a classic Red Lion Cocktail.