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The Blog About Drinking Culture!

 The history, myths and legends about the origins of alcohol making are fascinating. Cultures from around the world have stories to tell that go back when their people engaged first in distilling, brewing and wine making. Worldwide there are captivating rituals and traditions that tie into local cultures and production methods.

The King’s Ginger

The King’s Ginger

In 1901 King Edward VII was crowned King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ireland and the...

The story of Ægir’s Ale

The story of Ægir’s Ale

In Nordic mythology Ægir (also Ägir, Gymir or Hlér) is the name of a giant of the sea, a so called...

The Carnivore’s Mezcal

The Carnivore’s Mezcal

Mezcal is a Mexican spirit with around 40% alcohol by volume, distilled from the pulp of different...

Kottabos

Kottabos

The famous game of kottabos was fashionable in Athens in the 6th to 5th century BC and became a...

Waragi – The War Gin

Waragi – The War Gin

Waragi is a gin-like alcoholic beverage made in Uganda. The name originally derives from the term "war...

Bootleggers & Baptists

Bootleggers & Baptists

The American scientist Bruce Yandle published his economic theory Bootleggers and Baptists in 1983. His...

Cleopatra’s Pearls

Cleopatra’s Pearls

Cleopatra's pearls (also called Cleopatra's banquet) is a famous bet described of Pliny The Elder...

Your Lips Must Touch The Toe

Your Lips Must Touch The Toe

In Dawson City on the east bank of the Yukon is the only place where one can drink a Sourtoe Cocktail...

The Midnight Ride

The Midnight Ride

Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride is mostly known as the alert to the American colonial militia in April 1775...

Mesca Ulad

Mesca Ulad

Mesca Ulad or 'The Drunkenness of the Warriors of Ulster" -  is a tale from Irish mythology first...

Maria Prophetissa

Maria Prophetissa

Maria Prophetissa (also Maria Prophetissima, Maria the Jewess, Maria the Hebrew, or "daughter of...

Prohibition and Beer Cans

Prohibition and Beer Cans

Prohibition was lifted in 1933. Breweries that had remained in production with "near beer" during...

Symposium

Symposium

Symposium originally stood for “drinking together” that took place after a meal of a banquet in ancient...

The Children’s Hour

The Children’s Hour

Franklin D. Roosevelt won the hearts of booze-loving Americans and is mostly known for his promise to...

Al-kuhl, al-kohl, alcohol

Al-kuhl, al-kohl, alcohol

The word "alcohol" is derived from the Arabic "Al-kohl" or "Al-kuhl" translating to a powder used for...

Beishan Jiujing

Beishan Jiujing

The first winemaker of China was the legendary Du Kang who lived during the reign of the Yellow Emperor...

May Wine & May Festivals

May Wine & May Festivals

The Romans celebrated the spring-flower Floralies festival in the beginning of May. Since the Middle...

Peychaud’s Bitters

Peychaud’s Bitters

In the 1830s, Antoine Amédée Peychaud, a Creole pharmacist in New Orleans, invented a gentian-based...

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