Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

Born: November 30th 1874

Last Gin: January 24th 1965

Winston Churchill Was born in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, on 30th November, 1874. To parents Randolph Churchill (Farther), a Conservative politician. His Mother was one Jennie Jerome, she was the daughter of Leonard Jerome, a New York businessman.

Churchill’s initial education as a boy was at Harrow prior to attending the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.

in 1895 Churchill joined the Fourth Hussars. Whilst in this regiment he saw action in the Battle of Omdurman (1898) whilst on the Indian north-west frontier and in the Sudan.

Churchill was a keen writer and whilst serving in the army he kept the folks at home in-touch with the goings on by supplying military reports for the Daily Telegraph. In addition to this Churchill wrote such books as The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898) and The River War (1899). Both titles went on to be published.

On departing the British Army in 1899, Churchill worked fearlessly as a writer and war correspondent for the Morning Post. It was during this time that Churchill was to have a life changing experience. Whilst reporting on the Boer War, in South Africa, the Boers took the young Churchill prisoner. The news made headlines back in England when the heroic young roving reporter escaped his captors. On returning to England the heroin wrote about his experiences in the book, London to Ladysmith (1900).

The next 40 years of Churchill’s life spelt out that of a fearlessly independent man with a dedication and love for his country like no other.

His dedication and excellent military operative abilities were recognised on the 10th May 1940 when King George VI appointed Churchill as prime minister of England.

Churchill served between 1940/45 as PM and then later went on to be reelected to serve between 1950/55.

Churchill is the only British prime minister in history to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to this he was the first person ever to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.

Churchill and Gin

It is said that when supplies of French vermouth ran short during World War II, Winston Churchill would respectfully bow his head in the direction of our neighboring France when mixing his Martinis.

The ratio of Gin to Vermouth in a Martini started out at about 2 to 1 in favor of Gin. As time has passed the once sweet edged cocktail has become drier. As a man who devoted a great deal of thought and time to drinking Gin (and drinking in general), Winston Churchill was noted to be of the opinion that passing the cork from the vermouth bottle over the glass of Gin was sufficient to flavor the Gin.

So next time you are enjoying a Martini, raise a glass to the late great Winston Churchill … a man that was never shaken, often stirred, notably dry … but forever smooth.

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4 Responses to Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

  1. Brendan says:

    “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”
    Sir Winston Churchill

  2. Brendan says:

    “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”
    Sir Winston Churchill

  3. Claire says:

    Warm regards,


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