NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY
National Ice Cream Day is celebrated each year on the 3rd Sunday in July and is a part of National Ice Cream Month. This day is a fun celebration enjoyed with a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor of ice cream.
Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and ate it as a treat. They did this when the weather was hot and used the snow saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as “yakhchal”, or taken from the snowfall that still remained at the stop of mountains by the summer capital.
It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them. Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.
- Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were known to have been regular eaters of ice cream.
- First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball in 1813.
- 1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
- 1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, was issued the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
- It is said that today there are over 1,000 ice cream flavors.
Enjoy National Ice Cream Day by sharing some with your family and friends! Post on social media using #IceCreamDay and encourage others to do the same.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July.
NATIONAL DAIQUIRI DAY
Each year on July 19, people across the United States fill their glasses with a rum-based cocktail and celebrate National Daiquiri Day. So, raise your glass and join all of the others in this celebration!
Daiquiri is a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum, citrus juice (typically lime) and sugar.
American mining engineer, Jennings Cox, who was in Cuba at the time of the Spanish-American War, is credited as the inventor of the Daiquiri. The original drink was served in a tall glass which was packed with cracked ice. One teaspoon of sugar was sprinkled over the ice and then the juice of one or two fresh limes was squeezed over the sugar, followed by two to three ounces of white rum. It was at a later date that the Daiquiri evolved to be shaken in a shaker using the same ingredients substituting shaved ice.
There is a beach near Santiago, Cuba and an iron mine also in that area that are named Daiquiri. The drink is believed to be named after them.
In 1909, Admiral Lucius W. Johnson, a U.S. Navy medical officer, tried Cox’s drink and subsequently introduced it to the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.. The popularity of the Daiquiri then increased over the next few decades.
The Daiquiri was one of the favorite drinks of writer Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy.
This drink is sometimes served frozen, combined and poured from a blender eliminating the need for manual pulverization. Drinks such as the frozen Daiquiri are often commercially made in machines which produce a texture similar to a smoothie and come in a wide variety of flavors. Yet another way to create a frozen Daiquiri is by using frozen limeade, which provides the required texture, sweetness and sourness all at one time.
Enjoy National Daiquiri Day gathered together with your friends and a glass of regular or frozen Daiquiri (Remember to always drink responsibly and to never drink and drive). Post on social media using #DaiquiriDay to encourage others to do the same.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Daiquiri Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.