Usually, when we drink alcoholic beverages nowadays, we rarely think about the process involved to get that exquisite liquid to the bar counter.
From the farthest places of the world, and via different periods, alcoholic beverages have continued to exist like wonders. From China to Ireland, to Mexico, each country has a unique history, some of which are more enigmatic than others. What we already realize and can all acknowledge is that we love to taste them anywhere and at any time.
It is conceivable that the production of alcohol began when the early farmers observed the fermentation taking place in the fallen fruit. The fizzy taste and the intense fragrance may have been appealing to them. Experimentation incorporating different fruits and ingredients eventually resulted in products that could be developed and reused for a good beverage.
The origin of liquor seems to begin with mead, and there is a general assumption that it is probably the ancestor of all fermented alcohols. Concocted from yeast, honey, and water, this basic alcoholic beverage was drunk by the aristocracy, made its debut in classical literature, and said to be a gift from god.
Wine and Beer History
Two of the world’s most consumed alcoholic beverages, wine, and beer, early signs of both are scattered all over the planet.
Nonetheless, wine as we know it today, that is, wine made from grapes, and beer made from barley, both have origins stretching back to the B.C era.
When it comes to the history of alcoholic beverages, there has been a lot of intense discussion about vodka. Many historians agree that it did indeed appear in Eastern Europe, and it has been noted that it was either first created in Poland in the 8th century or Russia in the 9th century. Vodka was initially only used as a medicine.
Origin of Whiskey
Whiskey, or whisky based on where you are, is claimed to have stemmed in Scotland. The very first written account, however, dates back to Ireland in the year 1405 and was then called aqua vitae, which translates into “water of life.”
Derived from the blue agave plant, Tequila was first thought to have been produced in the city of Tequila, Mexico, although it had not yet been considered an official city. Tequila has about three separate classifications, Blanco which is not aged, Reposado which is matured in a barrel for 2-12 months, and Anejo which is matured for 1-3 years.
Gin was first established as medicine in Holland. It was sold in pharmacies and is said to alleviate kidney and stomach pains as well as gallstones and gout. The juniper berry from which the gin is derived has been said to have medicinal qualities that have contributed to its popularity.
Although the rum history dates back to the 14th century, the first distillation took place in the Caribbean. After it was discovered on sugarcane plantations that molasses had the potential to be fermented into liquor, then it was distilled to remove impurities and hence our buddy Rum was officially established.