Drinking Holidays

From hot chocolate to hot toddies, there are hundreds of fantastic drinks to liven up special occasions and normal days alike. At National Today, we love celebrating the 41 drinking holidays.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Jan. 17

National Hot Buttered Rum DayDrinkingU.S.

Jan. 24

National Beer Can Appreciation DayDrinkingU.S.

Jan. 31

National Hot Chocolate DayDrinkingU.S.

Feb. 13

Mardi GrasDrinking, FunU.S.

Feb. 18

National Drink Wine DayDrinkingU.S.

Feb. 22

National Margarita DayDrinkingU.S.

Mar. 5

National Absinthe DayDrinkingU.K.

Mar. 17

St. Patrick's DayDrinkingWorld

Apr. 6

New Beer's EveDrinkingU.S.

Apr. 7

National Beer DayDrinkingU.S.

May 5

Cinco de MayoDrinking, FoodMexico, U.S.

May 9

National Moscato DayDrinkingU.S.

May 16

National Mimosa DayDrinkingU.S.

May 25

National Wine DayDrinkingU.S.

May 30

National Mint Julep DayDrinkingU.S.

Jun. 5

National Moonshine DayDrinkingU.S.

Jun. 9

National Rosé DayDrinkingU.S.

Jun. 10

National Iced Tea DayDrinkingU.S.

Jun. 14

National Bourbon DayDrinkingU.S.

Jun. 19

National Martini DayDrinkingU.S.

Jun. 21

National Smoothie DayDrinkingU.S.

Jul. 10

National Piña Colada DayDrinkingU.S.

Jul. 19

National Daiquiri DayDrinkingU.S.

Jul. 24

National Tequila DayDrinkingU.S.

Jul. 27

National Scotch DayDrinkingU.S.

Aug. 1

Regatta DayDrinking, Fun, SportsCanada

Aug. 3

International Beer DayDrinkingWorld

Aug. 6

Northern Territory Picnic DayDrinking, FoodAustralia

Aug. 6

Provincial DayDrinking, Family, Food, FunCanada

Aug. 16

National Rum DayDrinkingU.S.

Aug. 28

National Red Wine DayDrinkingU.S.

Sep. 7

National Beer Lover's DayDrinkingU.S.

Sep. 28

AFL Grand Final FridayDrinking, Family, Food, SportsAustralia

Sep. 28

National Drink Beer DayDrinkingU.S.

Sep. 29

National Coffee DayDrinkingU.S.

Oct. 4

National Vodka DayDrinkingU.S.

Oct. 27

National American Beer DayDrinkingU.S.

Nov. 3

International Stout DayDrinking, InternationalWorld

Nov. 12

National Happy Hour DayDrinkingU.S.

Dec. 5

National Repeal DayDrinkingU.S.

Dec. 10

National Lager DayDrinkingU.S.

Dec. 20

National Sangria DayDrinkingU.S.

Where did drinking holidays come from?

We've been drinking water to survive for as long as we've been alive. But did you know that alcohol didn't come that long after? When farming was invented, other types of alcohol were invented as well. Vodka came from potatoes. Beer came from wheat. And it all happened before we even learned to write—clearly people had their priorities straight.

In fact, in the 16th century, alcohol was more common than water. People drank ale because water wasn't safe to drink! Wine was the drink of the wealthy—imported from France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. Coffee came into the picture around the 17th century. Discovered in Ethiopia, it was brought to England and quickly became a crazy. Tea soon followed suit.

Fast forward centuries later: enthusiasts and brands alike started creating holidays to celebrate their love for everything drinkable. Which is your favorite beverage?

Submit your favorite drinking holidays

Are we missing your favorite drinking holiday? If it's widely celebrated, let us know at our holiday submissions page! Be sure to have a bit of information about your holiday, like its track record of media coverage and evidence of it being commemorated on social media.

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