June 15: Nik Wallenda Crosses Niagara Falls

Nik_Wallenda_Niagara_Falls_2012_2I’ll be honest with you folks, June 15th is kind of a slow day in terms of history/cocktail connection. Sure, the Magna Carta was enacted on this day in 1215, setting the cornerstone for constitutional law’s prominent role in western civilization, but have you ever had a Magna Carta cocktail? It’s basically a Margarita with champagne, it’s both terrible and completely nonsensical. Who the hell was drinking tequila in 13th century England? Answer: Nobody, because tequila wasn’t invented until the mid 15th century! But I digress…

Anyway, let’s turn to the very recent past for today’s drink, because it was literally a year ago today that Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls (albeit on a tightrope). Now, other people have traveled on the tightrope wire on the river in front of the falls, but Wallenda, part of the legendary Flying Wallendas circus family, was the first to literally walk over the Falls. Wallenda made the 1,800 foot journey through the Niagara mist from the U. S. side of the falls to the Canadian side in 25 long, damp minutes. The most amusing detail of the whole feat is that after successfully making the crossing, the exhausted Wallenda had to present his passport to Canadian authorities.

You probably don’t have to do anything as strenuous as a tightrope walk, so put your feet up and enjoy a tasty Niagara Falls Cocktail. It’s a sweeter twist on the classic Screwdriver, served in a champagne glass.

Niagara Falls Cocktail

  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • ginger ale

Shake all the ingredients, except for the ginger ale, in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice, and strain into a chilled champagne glass. Top the mixture with ginger ale.

Tomorrow: Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.


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