November 5: The Gunpowder Treason And Plot

guy_fawkes_portraitRemember, remember, the fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot…

Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirator had a simple plan. On November 5, 1605 they would blow up the House of Lords and in the process kill King James at which point they’d install a new Catholic head of state. Unfortunately for them, but thankfully for the course of history, Parliament guards discovered Fawkes watching over the pile of explosives hidden underneath the House of Lords, at which point he and his collaborators were arrested. It was announced that day that a regicide plot had been foiled, and King James and his council permitted the public to celebrate the king’s survival with bonfires.

The Gunpowder Plot is still marked every year with celebrations on November 5. Bonfires are still a major part of Guy Fawkes Night celebrations, but over the years, fireworks have become a major part of the festivities. Of course, the highlight of any good Guy Fawkes night is the burning of Fawkes in effigy, a tradition that began in the mid-1600s.

This brings us to today’s drink, Burning Fawkes. As the name might suggest, this is a drink that you’re going to set on fire! Aside from the fire, it’s a fairly simple mix of beer and liqueurs.

Burning Fawkes

  • 1 pint glass of Beer or Lager
  • 3/4 ounces Amaretto
  • 1/4 ounce Sambuca

Fill a pint glass with beer or lager. Pour the Amaretto and Sambuca into a shot glass, then set the liquor on fire and quickly drop the shot into the beer. Drink.

Tomorrow: The real end of the American Civil War.

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