As AoSHQ notes, today is the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar
which is also the day that Lord Horatio Nelson died.
I thought the Sidecar was invented at the Ritz in Paris (I am not sure of the New Orleans connection in the link above) but it does make a tasty brandy cocktail (although a bit sweet for my taste). I would recommend lemon or lime in any cocktails tonight for the British Navy "Limey" connection.
BBC: The Russian Navy sails through the English Channel today (what timing, eh)
Instapundit: What would Lord Nelson think?
Rush Limbaugh: Don't get demoralized