Articles Tagged: Drinking History

September Is National Bourbon Heritage Month

In 2007 the U.S. Senate created National Bourbon Heritage Month. To be observed each September, the event celbrates Bourbon as America’s Native Spirit.

To Kick off the month, the folk at Wild Turkey Bourbon sent us their version of the classic Manhattan.

Wild Turkey Bourbon Manhattan 
Ingredients

1 parts Wild Turkey 101
1 ½ parts sweet vermouth
1 dash bitters

Instructions

Stir well with cracked ice and strain into a Manhattan or chilled martini glass. … Read more

St. Francis Cocktail – Clock Bar – San Francisco

Building on the success of his restaurant at the St. Francis Hotel, Michael Mina has converted a former jewelry store into a bar worthy of a scene out of Mad Men.

The bar was designed in “neo-mod” style, reminiscent of cocktail lounges 50 years ago. I was impressed by the extensive cocktail menu, fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Hats off to the friendly staff and amazing cocktails.

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X-Rated Summer Brunch Cocktails

Brunch is a time-honored tradition and a must for summer weekends. Who are we to thank this laid-back bonus meal that defies the rules established by the traditional three-times-daily meal plan?

Some claim brunch emerged as a leisurely privilege for wealthy Brits during the turn of the 19th/20th century and point to Guy Beringer’s 1895 essay “Brunch: A Plea,” in which he argued, “By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would … Read more

Drunkest Presidents

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From Maxim comes this list of our 8 most liquor-soaked US Presidents. I am wondering how they narrowed down to only eight.

The list:

Martin Van Buren
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Richard Nixon
George W. Bush

How did they miss Harding and as commenter Jason reminds us US Grant !?!

Americas Drunkest Presidents

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Sloppy Joe’s – Key West

Windows Mobile is going to help us chronicle our many travels to bars and events around the globe with their mobile and mapping technology. To kick this off—and with it being cold everywhere except Florida and Hawaii these days—, what would be more perfect than to visit Hemingway hangout in sunny, warm Key West institution Sloppy Joe’s Bar?

Located at Greene & Duval Streets in the heart of Key West, Sloppy Joe’s has been delighting … Read more

Fat Tuesday – Mardi Gras is February 5th

Q: A reader asks, What’s the deal with Mardi Gras?

A: Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday” is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is the final day of Carnival, but incorrectly Mardi Gras has come to include the weeks proceeding Fat Tuesday as well. The most famous US Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans with many others held around Louisiana, the Gulf States, Europe and Latin America with huge celebrations in Rio de … Read more

Alcohol – An Ancient Medicine

Great article from Natalie Angier of the New York Times that discuses some of the scientific and sociological reasons for human-kinds love of alcohol.

Every human culture recorded has fermented some sort of beer, wine or spirit. According to Angier, even the first chocolate drinks were fermented, which certainly gives new meaning to the word “chocoholic.”

Back in the day sanitation wasn’t always so good, so people used booze to kill bacteria. It seems that … Read more

India Overturns Law Banning Women Bartenders

After nearly 100 years, women can once again tend bar in New Delhi. This 1914 British law was overturned by the Indian Supreme Court last week giving women access to one of the more lucrative professions in India.

The cocktail craze has hit India, with trendy bars sprouting up all over the country. A bartender in New Delhi, Mumbai, or Hyderabad can earn $1000 (US) per month, nearly 4 times that of the average call … Read more

Should Liquor Have Nutrition Labels?

This has become quite an issue, but I don’t see it. Mostly I see it as a benefit for those who seek the nutritional information for the liquor they drink. We get many questions here about the calories, carbs and make up of all sorts of spirits, so why not list this info on the label? Make consumers who care happy, the one who don’t care won’t even notice the change.

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What’s in a Name: Whisky or Whiskey?

Boozin Gear’s Boozin’ Blog explores this question that puzzles many, Whiskey or Whisky? What’s the deal, why haggle over an ‘e’? Both words have the same basic meaning “water of life.” The distinction is in geography and composition; ‘whisky’ refers to the Scotch version and ‘whiskey’ the Irish version. Apparently, this distinction got even more complicated once both Scotch and Irish Distillers came to North America.

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