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National Cocktail Day – March 24 – Raise a Glass to Celebrate

There are many national days of the year devoted to alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. Can’t make up your mind which one to celebrate? Why not raise a glass to all of them on National Cocktail Day – March 24?

It’s always interesting to celebrate a national day that focuses on alcohol. I seem to learn new things about entertaining beverages that I never knew before. 

No matter what type of alcohol you like, there’s a cocktail that features it! If you like vodka check out National Cosmopolitan Day, and if you’re more of a rum connoisseur, make sure to check out National Pina Colada Day

A tray of red cocktails with striped paper straws and a National Cocktail Day text overlay.

What is a cocktail?

A cocktail is a drink made of alcohol which consists of a single spirit or several of them combined into one glass. 

It is normally mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice, cream, or other liquid mixers and often garnished with pieces of fruit or vegetables.

Some cocktails focus heavily on the alcohol content and others feature the mixers as the main attraction.  

When it cocktail hour?

We often hear about “Happy Hour” but the term cocktail hour is also used by managers of hotels and restaurants. It is a way to attract customers to the establishment before people generally start drinking.

The hours of cocktail hour (and happy hour) are between 4 and 6 pm. Many official events, such as weddings are preceded by a cocktail hour, so the time could vary then.

Cocktail hour is a time to socialize and enjoy cocktails and appetizers.

Fun facts about cocktails

Do you love the taste of a fancy cocktail? If so, you might be interested in some of these fun facts.A green cocktail garnished with a lime and a red cocktail garnished with a strawberry against a black background.

  • The first mention of the word “cocktail” was in 1978 in a British newspaper. The word was hypenated “cock-tail” and referred to a ginger drink.
  • Cocktail umbrellas were first introduced in 1932.
  • Each cocktail umbrella contains a tiny scroll with a fortune on it under the collar.
  • Ernest Hemingway invented a cocktail which he called “Death in the Afternoon.”
  • Winston Churchill once said “the gin and tonic have saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.”
  • New Orleans is rumored to be the birthplace of America’s very first cocktail – the Sazerac.
  • Cocktails are thought to be an American invention in the 1800s, but they were likely inspired by British punch bowls – big bowls of spirits mixed with fruit juice, spices and other flavors. These were consumed in punch houses in the 18th century.
  • National Cocktail Day (and other days) was invented in 2013 by author Jace Shoemaker-Galloway.

How to celebrate National Cocktail Day

The obvious comes to mind, of course, but there are lots of ways to celebrate National Cocktail Day.

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A bartender pouring a blended Pineapple cocktail into a hollowed out pineapple on National Cocktail Day.

  • Watch the movie Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise. He plays an ambitious New York bartender who moves to Jamaica to find true love.
  • Try a festive cocktail served in fruit, such as a hollowed out pineapple for a new experience.
  • Host a cocktail party and ask your friends to bring the mixings and a recipe for their favorite cocktail.
  • Read Tequila Mockingbird to discover how to make cocktails with a literary twist.
  • Treat yourself to a Bartender’s Mixology Tool Set. You’ll be making cocktails like a pro for your next party!
  • Enjoy a drink that is perfect for an afternoon by the pool. This frozen strawberry daiquiri recipe is made in just minutes with a strawberry drink mix.
  • Try to learn how to make one new cocktail that you’ve enjoyed when dining out, so that you can make it at home.
  • If celebrating with a cocktail, please be sure to drink responsibly.
  • Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #NationalCocktailDay. Here is a tweet to get you started:
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Cocktail recipes for National Cocktail Day (or any day!)

Of course the best way to celebrate National Cocktail Day is to treat yourself to one. Check out these cocktail recipes for some inspiration.A collage of images, one has five friends clinking cocktails at a table, one has a moscow mule in a copper mug, and one has a cosmopolitan, and the entire collage has a text overlay that says "Treat yourself to a new cocktail recipe".

National Cocktail Day - Celebrate with these Delicious Cocktail Recipes

Cocktails are much easier to make than you may think. Most take just a few minutes and a few tools using items that you likely have on hand. Try some of these for a new taste sensation.

I also have a page on my recipe site devoted only to cocktails. Be sure to check it out for inspiration.

There are close to 2000 national days every year. The month of March, alone, has over 300 of them. Be sure to check out the list of national days in March to see what we are celebrating this month.

If you like to do puzzles, be sure to check out puzzle for the national days for March.

Be sure to also check out these other national days that feature alcohol:

Looking for something to go along with the cocktails? Be sure to have a look at the list of March food holidays for lots of tasty ideas.

Pin it for later

Would you like a reminder of National Cocktail Day? Just pin this image to one of your cocktail boards on Pinterest so you can easily find it later.

You can also watch our YouTube video to learn more interesting food and drink days of March.

A collage of images for National Cocktail day on March 24 - the top image has a green cocktail and red cocktail, the bottom left has five cocktails clinking together, and the right has a tray of pink cocktails with paper straws.

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Jace Galloway

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Just wanted to thank you for sharing my special holiday, National Cocktail Day. I created the occasion in 2014.

Cheers, everyone!


Wednesday 25th of March 2020

What a treat to have you comment Jace. I've added a note in my description of the day in the article above. Carol

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