To stop the dispute between the British Colonies on who’s land was who’s, it was agreed that a survey would be taken to draw a line that would be approved by all. So, beginning in 1763, surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began working on a line that would give the borders of those colonies. They would become part of the borders of four states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia. On this date, in 1767, the demarcation line would be complete. This line would culturally divide the Northern and Southern States and become known as the Mason-Dixon Line.
To remember this day, I found a drink that’s a hit at Bar Louie in Mishawaka, Indiana. It’s a sweet tea with a kick! With the flavored vodkas, you could probably go without the lemon. Maybe just forget the citrus vodka altogether…your call!
The Mason – Dixon Cocktail
1 1/2 oz. Sweet Tea Vodka
3/4 oz. Citrus Infused Vodka
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Fresh Brewed Tea (Room Temp or chilled, so ice doesn’t melt easily)
3 – 4 Wedges of Lemon
Method: Begin by pouring in the vodkas and syrup in a pint glass or mason jar mug. Squeeze in the lemon wedges, then top off with brewed tea. Stir and serve.
This day in history:
1767 – Surveying of the Mason – Dixon Line is completed.
1809 – At an inn called, “Grinder’s Stand”, located on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark fame), died of multiple gunshot wounds. There is conflicting stories on whether he was murdered or committed suicide.
1811 – Inventor John Stevens’ ship, Juliana, became the first steam-powered ferry and started servicing people on this day between New York, NY and Hoboken, NJ.
1968 – NASA launches the first successful manned Apollo mission (Apollo 7).
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States of American and humanitarian, was born on this date in 1884.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
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