On this day in 1682 – Robert Cavelier de La Salle, whose exploration of the new world began in Montreal, discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed it and the entire Mississippi river basin for France, naming it La Louisiane in honor of Louis XIV.
La Louisiane remains alive and well today in the cities of Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans as well as the smaller towns up and down the Mississippi River. The rich heritage of language, cuisine and music (April is Jazz Appreciation Month) has been enjoyed by generations of Americans (I think the French are still holding a grudge).
The Historical Inebriant: Brandy Milk Punch
- 1-1/2 ounces Brandy.
- 2 teaspoons simple syrup.
- 2 dashes vanilla extract.
- 4 ounces whole milk or half-and-half (half whole milk, half cream)
Combine liquid ingredents in a shaker with cracked ice and shake like hell for half a minute, until very cold and very frothy. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice, and top with some grated nutmeg.
On a side note:
On this day in 1860, Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville makes the oldest known recording of an audible human voice on his phonautograph machine. The countdown to YouTube had begun.