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Pour Some Peace on September 21

Get your shakers ready and keep a close watch on your favorite cocktail media accounts to see how peace appears tomorrow.
Matt Hollidge, aka @theamateurmixologist, is planning something special for September 21.
Matt Hollidge, aka @theamateurmixologist, is planning something special for September 21.

It seems there's a national holiday for just about every spirit, drink, and food item out there. But have you heard of the International Day of Peace? Each year this day is observed around the world on September 21. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as "a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples." Their 2017 theme is: "Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All." After a year like 2017, we can all agree that the world could use some more peace, love, and understanding.

But what's this got to do with cocktails? Matt Hollidge, aka @theamateurmixologist on Instagram, is planning something special amongst the global drinkstagram community. (His tribute cocktail for Houston after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey is below.) He writes, "Cocktails are a hobby and creative outlet for me, but like any art form, the idea of raising hope and at times creating poetic and political commentary through them, is something I’ve always sought to do through my Instagram account. World Peace Day was an opportunity too good to ignore."

Our lips are sealed for what exactly he has planned. We'll share more tomorrow, but we suggest you get your shakers ready and keep a close watch on your favorite cocktail media accounts to see how peace appears on September 21...

'Pliny's Refuge' As with much of the world, I've been following the tragic events that have unfolded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but given a recognisable face with Houston being the home of my new drinkstagramming friends, @boxesandbooze and @mommymixology ...go give those legends a follow. . I'm an ocean away from H Town, a place that I've never visited, but in a small offering of solidarity, here's a cocktail for the city; for those displaced and affected by Harvey and a tribute to all the people who are giving their time, skills and efforts to restore hope and peace to their communities. . First, I emailed @portersgin in Aberdeen to ask if they'd like to collaborate. Aberdeen is the only UK sister city of Houston. Porters said yes & told me about the impact current events are having on their city, especially with the high profile 'Houston / Aberdeen Oil exhibition' about to begin in the city. . The drink is a twist on 'Pliny's Tonic' by @bobby_heugel at @anvilhouston; 'Anvil Bar & Refuge' was the first Craft Cocktail Bar in Houston, and this drink has been on the menu from the start. It's iconic and famed across the US; a classic Houston #craftcocktail. . My twist adds red grapefruit (Texas' state fruit) to the sour of the lime and in a nod to Aberdeen, I used Scotch as an alternative base for my habanero tincture. Finally I added an egg white to represent comfort and refuge. --- •60ml @portersgin gin •10ml fresh lime juice •10ml fresh red grapefruit juice •cucumber •mint •scotch habanero tincture: made with @ancnoc_whisky 24yo scotch •1 egg white 👉 Muddle 1/4 cucumber, 1/4 lime & a generous helping of mint. Add juices and gin, shake with ice and strain. Add egg white, shake and strain into glass rinsed with scotch habanero tincture. Garnish with cucumber and mint.

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