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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.

Skaldenmet

Skaldenmet

The Skaldenmet (Mead of Poetry, Mead of Suttungr) is a myth from Norse mythology. It is a honey wine...

The Salamander Ritual

The Salamander Ritual

"The salamander" is a drinking ritual that includes the knocking (and rubbing) of glasses on the table...

JELL-O Shots

JELL-O Shots

JELL-O is known today as "America's Most Famous Dessert." It was invented by a cparenter named Pearle...

Mbaba Mwana Waresa

Mbaba Mwana Waresa

The Zulu people of Southern Africa worship a goddess called Mbaba Mwana Waresa. The goddesss lives in...

Weißenau Abbey

Weißenau Abbey

The Premonstratensian monastery in Weissenau was founded in 1145. In its abbey was found the parchment...

Is Aqua Vitae Whiskey?

Is Aqua Vitae Whiskey?

Alchemists in various ages and cultures were searching for the philosopher's stone, an elixir for life...

The Whiskey Ring

The Whiskey Ring

The Whiskey Ring was a political scandal in 1875. The scheme started with distilleries bribing...

Stirrup Cup

Stirrup Cup

The last drink that is drunk at an event is referred to as a "stirrup-cup", "dochan doris" or...

The Queen Mother’s Cocktail

The Queen Mother’s Cocktail

In 1846 Joseph Dubonnet invented a sweet, aromatized wine-based aperitif. Originally, it was meant as a...

Salernus

Salernus

Magister Salernus was a medieval alchemist from the School of Salerno. In 1150 AD the “Master of...

The “Master Draught”

The “Master Draught”

The "Master Drought" (German "Der Meistertrunk") is a historical festival play that has been held...

Schmollis & Fiducit

Schmollis & Fiducit

In student associations, the term "Schmollis" (also: Smollis, Schmolles) is used since before 1795 to...

Advocaat – the Easter Likör

Advocaat – the Easter Likör

Dutch Brazil (also New Holland) was a Dutch colony in northeastern Brazil from 1630 to 1654. So it may...

The Irish Clurichaun

The Irish Clurichaun

A clurichaun (Irish clutharachán, clutharacán, clúracán) is a fairy from Irish Celtic mythology. It is...

The London Beer Flood

The London Beer Flood

On October 17th, 1814, the parish of St. Giles, London, England, was hit by a catastrophe killing eight...

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