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11

Dec 2018

Interesting Facts About Alcohol You Didn’t Know About

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Alcohol remains one of the most consumed beverages in the world. But do you know all that you need to know about alcohol? Let’s take you through a quick list of interesting facts about alcohol you probably didn’t know about.

Alcohol takes about six minutes to reach the brain

Yes, that is the time alcohol takes to reach your brain cells. According to the researchers, the link between alcohol consumption and rapid changes in the brain cells was established!

Etymology of alcohol

The origin of the word ‘alcohol’ was first traced to mid 16th century when it initially meant a ‘fine powder from distillation’. The word has its roots in Arabic word ‘al-kuḥl’ and ‘alcool’ in French.

What does the world like to drink?

More than 45% of alcohol consumed is in the form of spirits, next comes beer at nearly 36%. Consumption of wine in Europe is the highest in the world and alcohol is illegal in the Middle East.

Highest consumption

This one might come as a bit of a shocker but the Czech Republic is the highest beer consuming nation, leaving the Germans far behind!

Moldova and Belarus are the countries with the highest alcohol consumption in the world.

Per capita consumption of alcohol in Moldova is 17.4 litres closely followed by Belarus at 17.1 litres.

Which is the strongest?

Bottled at 95%ABV, Spirytus Rektyfikowany which is the rectified spirit from Poland remains the strongest spirit in the world. It is recommended to not be consumed neat and mostly used as base alcohol for liqueurs.

‘Snake Venom’ by Scottish brewery Brewmeister is the world’s strongest beer with 67.5% ABV.

Earliest consumption

The earliest consumption of fermented beverages is recorded to have developed around Neolithic Age about 1000 years ago.

How many grapes make a wine bottle?

It takes about 600-800 grapes to make that bottle of wine.

Bubbles in a bubbly

There are about one million bubbles in a champagne flute.

Pressure in a bottle

There is three times more air pressure in your champagne than in your car tyre, quite literally and interestingly!

Alcohol and body temperature

Alcohol does not warm your body, it dilates the blood vessels under your skin which makes the blood flow shunt closer to the periphery.

Alcohol and manometer

Alcohol is used in manometers because it has a low vapour pressure which more accuracy can be maintained in pressure difference.

Mercury vs alcohol

The earliest glass thermometer used during the 1600s contained alcohol instead of mercury!

Human body produces alcohol

Surprised? Yes, it’s true and it is called ‘Auto-Brewery Syndrome’. It is a condition in which a certain bacteria present in the gut produces yeast which is similar to ‘Saccharomyces’ or ‘brewer’s yeast’.

Alcohol cannot be digested

Alcohol can’t be digested because it gets directly passed on to the bloodstream.

Alcohol cravings

Dipsomania is a term which describes the excessive cravings for alcohol.

Alcohol for sustenance

So the fact goes like this, a human body requires thirteen essential minerals to sustain and guess what, all thirteen can be found in alcohol!

Muscular means less drunk

And this holds true as well! The more muscle mass a person has, the higher the tolerance for alcohol as compared with a person with more body fats. Muscle has more water hence the alcohol gets diluted.

One beer or one vodka shot?

One beer is equal to one vodka shot and one glass of wine.

Milkshake and alcohol

During 1885, the word ‘milkshake’ implied eggnog-like beverage which was originally made from whisky and over the centuries, the meaning obviously changed.

Alcohol is a disinfectant

Alcohol kills bacteria which is why it can be used as disinfectant and sterilizer.

Alcohol ban for Russian women

COnsumption of alcohol was banned for Russian women under the reign of Empress Catherine, the men, however, could drink!

Hope you had an enjoyable time reading about these interesting facts!

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11

Dec 2018

History Of Alcohol (Contd.)

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It is already established that alcohol has a rather long steady relationship with humankind and that, it still remains to be a popular beverage choice for all reasons and seasons. So, without much further ado and continuing with the trivia of alcohol, let us walk down the paths of history to trace and know more about the origin of different types of alcohol.

Whisky

 According to a study conducted, the history of distillation process is rooted in the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia & Babylon. The available evidence indicates that the distillation process originated in Mesopotamia dating far back as 2000 BC, however, it originally involved perfumes.

Over the years and centuries, this knowledge gradually passed on from Greeks to Arabs to Europe.

It reached Ireland & Scotland around 15th century primarily for medicinal purposes. It gradually found a strong foothold in the Scottish and Irish history and culture, and the earliest Scottish history of the production of whisky dates back to the year 1494. With King James’ fondness for Scotch whisky, its production saw tremendous increase which also led to the monopolization. Through the years, the taste of whisky also evolved. Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland acquired the license in 1608 and is said to be the oldest licensed distillery in the world.

Whisky reached the lands of America around 1600 onwards with the arrival of European mercenaries and colonizers.

In India, the first distillery was built by Edward Dyer of British East India company in the 1820s.

 Vodka

The history of Vodka has for long been debatable and over the centuries many versions of the alcoholic beverage used for initially for the medicinal purposes.

Polish vodka has been used beginning as early as 1405, with the recorded court documents from Palatinate of Sandomierz in Poland and gradually gained popularity. Vodka production in Poland gained momentum towards the end of the 16th century and by the end of the 18th century, it was the beginning of real industrial production wherein it went on to become a mass product.

The methods used in the production of vodka saw various changes over the centuries.

The ‘water of life’ (Voda) or Vodka reached the Russian lands towards the end of the 14th century when the Italian ambassadors presented it to Grand Duke Dmitry Donskoy.

As the legend goes, around the year 1430 a monk from Chudov Monastery created a secret recipe of Russian vodka in Moscow Kremlin.

Vodka found its way to the official Russian documents for the first time in 1751.

Tequila

The first production of tequila was in the 16th century in the erstwhile city of Tequila In pre-Columbian Mexico saw the production and consumption of a fermented and distilled alcoholic beverage derived from the agave plant.

The mass production of tequila began around 1600 under Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, the Marquis of Altamira and the first factory was established in Jalisco.

Tequila was first reached the American shores around 1884-1885 when it was first exported.

Over the centuries the family-owned tequila brands continued to exist, however with the emergence of multinational corporations in modern times, the production and ownership have extended.

The popularity of these alcoholic beverages has increased over the centuries and so have the methods of production. So, next time you hold a glass of fine wine or take a sip of vodka, take a moment to mull over the fact that these spirits have perhaps been passed on to us from the likes of royal courts and exotic faraway lands!

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13

Nov 2018

7 Cocktails To Try This Fall

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The bright-chirpy summers and fresh monsoons have bid adieu and the crisp fall finally comes knocking at the door. As we see a noticeable change with the beautiful autumnal season setting in, it brings along a change in food and drinks habits & preferences too. Talking of fall reminds us of enjoying the partly misty and chilly evenings over a perfect drink and endless conversations with a great company.

So, brace up because here we are, all set and ready with a crisp list of delightful cocktails which you must try this season.

Old Irish Cure

With a nip in the weather we must trust the Irish for this amazing drink,for  it certainly the cures all the ales…oops…we mean ails!

Note: Image and Recipe Source https://cdn-image.foodandwine.com/sites/default/files/2010-r-cocktail-irish-cure.jpg

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 1/3 ounces Irish whiskey, preferably Jameson
  • 1/3 ounce dark rum
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Calvados
  • 1/3 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce cane syrup or Rich Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey mixed with 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ginger Juice
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • 1 thin apple slice, for garnish

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the apple slice garnish and shake well. Strain the drink into a chilled coupe and garnish with the apple slice.

 

Hot Apple Pie Cider

The liqueur based cocktail is a sureshot delight which will make drinking on a fall evening pleasurable.

Note: Image and Recipe Source https://www.thespruceeats.com/hot-applie-pie-cocktail-759690

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Tuaca (Liqueur)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider (hot)
  • Garnish: whipped cream
  • Garnish: stick of cinnamon

Directions

Pour Tuaca in a glass, add apple cider and top it with whipped cream. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

 

Hunter’s Cocktail

With a name so spunky, this cocktail is a great hit, especially during the Autumn season.

Note: Image and Recipe Source https://www.thespruceeats.com/hunters-cocktail-recipe-761450

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce cherry brandy
  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry

Directions

Pour the whiskey and cherry brandy into an old-fashioned glass with ice. Stir well and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

 

Amberjack

This vodka-based cocktail is perfect for any fall soirée.

Note: Image and Recipe Source https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/amberjack-cocktails-2008

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 ounce apple vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Macallan Amber (Scotch-based maple-flavored liqueur)
  • 1/2 ounce Calvados
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces chilled apple lambic
  • 1 thin green apple slice

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, Macallan Amber, Calvados and lime juice; shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass, stir in the lambic and garnish with the apple slice.

 

Pear Naked Sailor

For the name as wild as this one, you are sure to have a wild time drinking this cocktail!

Image Source: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/0e/fd/ac/0efdac1ce9508ffde1dd3dae7c7904a0.jpg

Recipe Source: https://www.thespruceeats.com/pear-naked-sailor-cocktail-recipe-759229

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • 1 1/2 oz Bosc Pear Puree
  • 1 1/4 oz pure ginger nectar
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Few ounces ginger ale to float
  • Garnish: pear slice
  • Garnish: nutmeg

Directions

  • Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain over fresh ice in a collins glass.
  • Float the ginger ale on top.
  • Garnish with half a pear slice and a dusting of nutmeg.

For Ginger Nectar :

  • Using fresh ginger, peel thoroughly then slice into 1-inch chunks.
  • Spread on a sheet and bake in oven at 350 for 15 minutes.
  • Place ginger pieces into a storage container and add 4x its volume of hot water.
  • Let steep overnight.
  • Next day, scoop the ginger pieces into a blender along with some of the gingered water.
  • Blend at a high setting until the ginger has been broken down and liquefied as much as possible.
  • Fine strain multiple times using a muddler to press every last drop of liquid from the ginger.
  • Add more of the gingered water to taste, in order to regulate the level of spice.

 

Mama Juan

A classic cocktail with Dominican roots, all set to soothe your fall blues!

Note:  Image and Recipe Source https://www.departures.com/travel/restaurants/best-fall-cocktails#last-rites-san-francisco

Ingredients

  • 5 oz Real McCoy Rum
  • 1 oz lime
  • .75 oz Cocchi Americano
  • .75 oz spiced honey
  • .25 oz Punt e Mes
  • .25 oz Nocino
  • .25 oz ginger beer

Directions

Shake ingredients together, strain into glass. Serve up with an orange peel and scored lime wedge for garnish.

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Timeless martini with a smooth and creamy twist to suit the season of fall.

Note: Image and Recipe Source https://www.nospoonnecessary.com/pumpkin-pie-martini/

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Pumpkin Spice Vodka
  • 1 ounces Dark Rum
  • ½ ounces Half and Half
  • 2 TBS Pumpkin Puree (canned or homemade)
  • 1 ounces Maple Syrup
  • ¼ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Ice Cubes
  • Rim:
  • Maple Syrup
  • 1 Graham Cracker
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 TBS Granulated Sugar
  • Garnish:
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon Stick

Instructions

  • For the Garnish: Crush graham cracker in a Ziploc bag, or food processor, or food processor until it resembles sand. Stir in the cinnamon and sugar. Line the rim of a martini glass with maple syrup (I used a thick napkin to apply syrup). Dip/roll in the cracker mix. Set aside.
  • For the Martini: In a cocktail shaker, combine the ice and remaining cocktail ingredients. Shake vigorously until shaker chilled to the touch.
  • Strain and pour cocktail into the prepared martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Enjoy!

As the weather gets cooler by the day, let’s spread some cheer and celebrate the spirit of Autumn!

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