Let’s hear it for Monaco!

Today we celebrate a country way tinier than little Luxembourg. It’s the national day of a country of fast cars, few taxes and a mythical royal family – Monaco.

Until recently, the national day of Monaco changed according to the first name of the sovereign prince. When it was a Charles (1857-1890), it was on November 4th (Saint-Charles), then there was an Albert and it got moved to November 15th (Saint-Albert), and then came Rainier and it was celebrated on November 19th  …you get the picture.

Logically, since 2005 it should be on November 15th again, but Prince Albert II took action and put an end to all this moving around. He kept November 19th in memory of his father. Seems the royal mums and dads had a limited list when choosing their sons’ names; the November list of patron saints.

Today the people of Monaco dress their country in red and white and celebrate their sovereign monarch, head of the oldest reigning dynasty in the world. Since 1297, the Grimaldis have kept Monaco independent, except from a short period (1793-1814) when it was under French rule. There are shows, ceremonies and fireworks, and it is also an occasion for the people of Monaco to celebrate their identity.

The Monegasque specialty barbagiuans  (savoury pastries) is quite laborious, so let’s go for a cocktail instead!  Much easier, more festive.

The Monaco

1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
½ cup sugar
5 cl lemonade (simple syrup with fresh lemon juice)
15 cl pale lager, like Stella Artois

  • Bring pomegranate juice and sugar to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved (about 1 minute) and let cool.
  • Shake syrup and lemonade well in an ice-filled shaker and strain into a chilled beer glass or tulip shaped glass.
  • Top with beer

To make it easier for yourself, you could just buy grenadine syrup and lemonade, but this sounds better!

Let’s raise our tulip glasses to Monaco!

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