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The Nazi-Defying History of the Kir Royale Cocktail

The Nazi-Defying History of the Kir Royale Cocktail

During World War II, as Americans were planting backyard victory gardens, residents of Burgundy, France responded to wartime privation in the most French way imaginable: They created an elegant cocktail out of Nazi-resistant wine. The Kir cocktail is made with one part crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and four parts dry white wine.

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The Bear Who Drank Beer, Smoked Cigarettes, and Became an Unlikely War Hero

The Bear Who Drank Beer, Smoked Cigarettes, and Became an Unlikely War Hero

In 1942, a group of Polish prisoners of war traveling from a Siberian labor camp to Alexandria, Egypt found an unlikely companion in the mountains of modern-day Iran: a brown bear cub. They named the bear Wojtek (pronounced “Voytek”). His story is one of hope, heroism, and beer-fueled perseverance. After leaving a Soviet gulag, the […]

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