This cocktail was born when American colonists began adding molasses and butter to their hot toddies. Today, brown sugar often fills in for the molasses.
If youâ??ve held out for over a fortnight into the new year, youâ??re doing well! However, weâ??ve reached the crunch point; January 17th is the most common date to give up on your resolutions, itâ??s marked by Ditch New Yearâ??s Resolutions Day.
Can you hold onto your convictions well into the new year, or is it easier to slip back into old habits?
In early 1871 British-born, US resident Andrew Smith Hallidie received the first patent in relation to the cable car, an occasion which is marked by Cable Car Day.
Hallidieâ??s design for cable-propelled transit emerged when he witnessed horses falling, and even dying, while attempting to pull cars up San Fransiscoâ??s steep Jackson Street. Fortunately for San Fransiscan equines, Hallidie had the talent to turn his sympathy into action, having previously invented a type of aerial tramway and designed improvements to mining ropes which resulted in their economic life extending by more than 873%â?¦
Two years after receiving his cable car patent, Hallidie set up the worldâ??s first cable car rail road on Clay Street. None of the original line survives but grip car 8 is preserved in Mason Streetâ??s Cable Car Museum (which, obviously, sits on two of San Fransiscoâ??s three cable car routes).
Those who find themselves outside San Francisco on Cable Car Day can still get in on the fun. Other cities operating cable car railways include Venice, Tampa, Las Vegas and Milan but, if youâ??re nowhere near a rail road, you can still honour the origins of the cable car by patting a horse on the head!