Category: March 24



    Celebrate all your favorite cocktails on March 24th. National Cocktail Day ushers in all the best ways to savor a beverage at the end of a long workday. Whether you like a fruity drink, blended or on the rocks, this day is for you. Mocktail, virgin, or the real thing, celebrate the lemon, lime, bitters, liquors, and liqueurs that make your favorite beverages the best in your bartender book.


    It’s probably no surprise that nearly every month on the calendar celebrates a cocktail. The only exception is April, and since it’s National Alcohol Awareness Month, it makes sense to take that month off.

    A cocktail contains a spirit or a mix of spirits. While a beer is not considered a cocktail, there are beer cocktails where beer is added to a distilled ingredient. The same applies to wine.

    The other months pay homage to histories, ingredients, and the makers of some legendary cocktails. January begins the year dedicating a day to the Bloody Mary, and there’s also a day for her Canadian counterpart, the Bloody Caesar, in May. January also devotes an entire week to Mocktails. In February, you can celebrate the Margarita and Kahlua. March brings us International Whisk(e)y Day, among others. Skipping back to May, you can imbibe in both Palomas and Mimosas for your celebrations.

    June & July

    June and July compete for the most cocktail-related days. From Martinis and Bourbon in June to Pina Coladas and Daiquiris in July, the two months cover the spectrum. There are even a few bottles of wine in between. Not only do they celebrate specific cocktails but they also celebrate the places we enjoy them. National Dive Bar Day in July invites us to celebrate the places that serve our favorite cocktails, even if it’s an ice-cold beer.

    The rest of the year covers all our chilled and heated cocktails. By December, we readily reminisce National Repeal Day and the Bartenders who keep that era and the skills alive.

    We have only skimmed the surface of the cocktails celebrated on the calendar, so National Cocktail Day allows you to celebrate whichever one you like!


    • Create your favorite cocktail to celebrate.
    • Explore cocktail ingredients or read a bartender’s manual.
    • Learn the finer elements of mixing cocktails and expand your home bar.
    • Visit a speakeasy or take a tour of your favorite distillery.
    • Host a cocktail tasting session. Create a classic menu with a professional bartender who provides history and describes the nuances behind the ingredients.
    • Attend a cocktail tasting party. You will learn more about how and why ingredients are combined the way they are.
    • Visit your local bookstore and pick up a cocktail or bar book. Follow the recipes and read about the histories these bartenders share. We recommend The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fielder, The Art and Science of The Perfect Cocktail by Janice Dreese, and Craft Cocktails at Home: Offbeat Techniques, Contemporary Crowd-Pleasers, and Classics Hacked with Science by Kevin Liu.
    • Visit your local bar and pick your bartender’s brain. Some like to share their techniques. Ask them what their favorite cocktail is. And, be sure to tip them well for their advice and service.
    • Try making a mocktail. Especially on those weeknights when work is busy, and you need to keep up. Many of them infuse nutrients many of us are lacking. Keep these recipes on hand for your friends who are designated drivers, sober for life, supporting a friend, or for any reason.
    • As always, ANY TIME we are indulging in spirits and alcohol, DON’T drink and drive. Designate a sober driver. Call a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or friend.
    • When you celebrate, share your favorites by using #NationalCocktailDay on social media.


    Jace Shoemaker Galloway founded National Cocktail Day in 2013

    Cocktail FAQ

    Q. What is the most popular spirit used in cocktails?
    A. Vodka is most commonly used as a base spirit for cocktails. It’s a versatile alcohol, and makers infuse it with many different flavors adding to its appeal. It also pairs well with simple or complex ingredients.

    Q. What kinds of tools do I need to make great cocktails?
    A. The ingredients are the most important tool in your bar collection. However, some of the most essential tools for making cocktails include a shaker, strainer, corkscrew, and muddler. Other tools that make your mixing easier include ice tongs, spoons, pourers, and straws.



    National Cheesesteak Day on March 24th not only celebrates a fantastic sandwich but it recognizes one of this nation’s greater debates; Who created this deliciousness?


    It’s like March Madness for a cheesesteak. Pat’s and Geno’s square off at 10 AM followed by Chubby’s and Dalessandro’s at 11 AM. Then Jim’s and Tony Luke’s at Noon. Basketball fans know how brackets go. Someone is gonna get a by.

    However, the credit is given to a hot dog vendor from the 1930s, Pat Olivieri. According to Philadelphia’s tourism site, Pat’s King of Steaks sits on its original location and is still going strong. This writer has had a cheesesteak from there and would go back in a heartbeat.

    The important thing is this fabulous, juicy sandwich on a hoagie roll. The roll is filled with chipped steak, and you can order it with or without cheese and onions. If you’ve never had one, you can really only get an authentic one in Philly. Other places try, so go where you can. But someday, go to Philadephia. It is the real deal.


    • Invite your friends and head over to your favorite cheesesteak restaurant.
    • Get it with cheese (it’s cheesesteak day, not steak day) and add the onions, too.
    • Make your own cheesesteak.
    • Give a shout-out to the restaurant that makes your favorite cheesesteak.
    • Use #NationalCheesesteakDay to share on social media.


    We were unable to identify the founder of National Cheesesteak Day.

    Cheesesteak FAQ

    Q. What kind of cheese is in cheesesteak?
    A. For an authentic cheesesteak, many will tell you they put Cheez Whiz on their cheesesteak.

    Q. Who made the world’s largest cheesesteak?
    A. In 2021, Rene Kobeitri and other Philadelphia chefs built a 510 ft. cheesesteak.



    When it comes to a National Day, a chocolate-covered raisin or a box of them is worth celebrating. On March 24th, National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day celebrates raisins coated in a shell of either milk chocolate or dark chocolate.


    Moviegoers have been snacking on chocolate-covered raisins for many, many years. Somehow, popcorn, a box of chocolate-covered raisins go together perfectly. It doesn’t matter the kind of movie either. Chocolate-covered raisins are also a conventional bulk vending item across the country.

    More than 1 million Raisinets are produced per hour.

    In some countries, chocolate-covered raisins are known as Raisinets. Raisinets produced the first and one of the most popular brands of the product. Currently made by Nestle, they are the third-largest selling candy in United States history.  The Blumenthal Chocolate Company introduced the Raisinets to the United States in 1927, and then in 1984, Nestle acquired the brand. However, a large number of other brands produce chocolate-covered raisins for us to enjoy.  

    Raisins are an excellent source of calcium, potassium, iron, fiber, and vitamin B.  When you combine the raisins with dark chocolate, you have a great-tasting, healthy snack.  


    • Enjoy your favorite brand of chocolate-covered raisins.
    • Find a recipe and make your own chocolate-covered raisins.
    • Use #ChocolateCoveredRaisinDay to post on social media.

    Certified Chocoholic


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this snack food holiday. 

    Chocolate Covered Raisin FAQ

    Q. What kinds of chocolate are raisins covered in?
    A. Raisins can be covered in either white, milk, or dark chocolate.

    Q. How many calories are in a serving of chocolate-covered raisins?
    A. A 1/4 cup serving of chocolate-covered raisins contains approximately 190 calories.

    March 24th Celebrated History


    Robert Koch reports that he isolated and grew tubercle bacillus.


    The U.S. Army drafts Elvis Presley.


    The Exxon Valdez spills 270,000 barrels of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound causing the worst oil spill in history. The environmental and economic costs were devastating.


    Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy discover a comet orbiting Jupiter when they take a photograph using a Schmidt telescope.


    Halle Berry wins the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball. It is the only time the Academy has awarded an Oscar to an African American leading lady in its history to date.

    March 24th Celebrated Birthdays

    Harry Houdini – 1874

    One of the world’s most renowned magicians, Harry Houdini was known for his escapology. Houdini developed a range of stage magic tricks and made full use of a variety of conjuring techniques. They included fake equipment and collusion with individuals in the audience. He was both a savvy businessman and an exceptional showman.

    Dorothy Height – 1912

    During the Civil Rights Movement, Height played a pivotal role, serving as president of the National Council of Negro Women. She spoke on behalf of both African Americans and women in her efforts for equality. Height has been the hero of many generations of racial minorities as she advised presidents and government committees. Three presidents honored her with medals. The first in 1989, President Ronald Regan presented Height with the Citizens Medal Award. In 1994, President Bill Clinton presented her with the Medal of Freedom. President George Bush honored her with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

    Louie Anderson – 1953

    The Emmy-winning American comedian and actor developed his career throughout the 1980s, ’90s, and early 2000s. Anderson earned his first two Emmy’s for an animated series he created and produced for Fox in 1995 called Life with Louie. In 2016, he landed the role of Christine Baskets on the comedy series Baskets. The role led to his third Emmy win.

    Jim Parsons – 1973

    The award-winning American Actor is best known for his role as Sheldon Cooper in the long-running comedy series The Big Bang Theory. He can also be seen in The Boys in the Band, Hollywood, and A Kid Like Jake.

    Peyton Manning – 1976

    The American quarterback played 18 seasons in the National Football League. Manning played his first 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts during his career. In 2007, he led the Colts to a Super Bowl win, beating the Chicago Bears 27-17. Manning became a Denver Bronco in 2012. He would bring home his second Super Bowl ring in 2016 by defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10.