On this day in 1883, the maiden train service from Paris to Istanbul begins. It is named 'Express d'Orient" or The Orient Express. Riders could now leave Paris, travel through Strasbourg onto Munich, past Vienna, going through Budapest and Bucarest and arrive at Istanbul.
While it would not be until the 1930's that the train service reached its heights of elegance and luxury, the 1883 route was a milestone in linking almost all of continental Europe from shore to shore.
The Historical Inebriant: The Orient Express
- 1 1/2 oz Smirnoff® Vanilla Twist Vodka
- 1/2 oz Frangelico® Hazelnut Liqueur
- 1/2 oz Bailey's® Irish Cream
- 1 oz Espresso
- 1/2 - 1 oz Cream
- 1 Pinch Cinnamon
- 1 Pinch Sugar
Put cinnamon and sugar, mixed, on the rim of a cocktail glass. Add the Smirnoff, Frangelico, Bailey's, and espresso to the glass and mix thoroughly. Add cream to taste, and serve
Although not the orient express, you can still travel in luxury from Paris to Istanbul:
On this day in 1956 – Elvis Presley performs his new single, "Hound Dog", live, on The Milton Berle Show. His his suggestive hip movements during the performance shocked the audience and earning him the nickname of "Elvis the Pelvis".
Oh, what if that audience could have of seen the likes of Jim Morrison, Ozzie Osborne and Janet Jackson coming around the bend?