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.
|National Hot Buttered Rum Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Beer Can Appreciation Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Hot Chocolate Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|Mardi Gras||Drinking, Fun||U.S.|
|National Drink Wine Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Margarita Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Absinthe Day||Drinking||U.K.|
|St. Patrick's Day||Drinking||World|
|New Beer's Eve||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Beer Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|Cinco de Mayo||Drinking, Food||Mexico, U.S.|
|National Moscato Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Mimosa Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Wine Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Mint Julep Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Moonshine Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Rosé Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Iced Tea Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Bourbon Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Martini Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Smoothie Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Piña Colada Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Daiquiri Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Tequila Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Scotch Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|Regatta Day||Drinking, Fun, Sports||Canada|
|International Beer Day||Drinking||World|
|Northern Territory Picnic Day||Drinking, Food||Australia|
|Provincial Day||Drinking, Family, Food, Fun||Canada|
|National Rum Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Red Wine Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Beer Lover's Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|AFL Grand Final Friday||Drinking, Family, Food, Sports||Australia|
|National Drink Beer Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Coffee Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Vodka Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National American Beer Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|International Stout Day||Drinking, International||World|
|National Happy Hour Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Repeal Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Lager Day||Drinking||U.S.|
|National Sangria Day||Drinking||U.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.