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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Sunday, April 27, 2014
If Jesus turned water into wine, I say drink it, along with the holy spirits, and hell, beer too.
Your drink says a lot about you, and it affects your health obviously, so there are a few things to consider before you make a liquor store run or take out cash for the bar.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Bacardi have released a series of seven postcards to celebrate more than 150 years of its signature rum.
The company has opened its archives to reveal some fascinating facts behind the spirit that is the basis for some of the world’s most famous recipes including the Mojito, Daiquiri, Piña Colada, and Cuba Libre.
Founded in 1862 in the city of Santiago de Cuba by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, BACARDÍ rum is still owned by the Bacardi family today.
The Rum Diaries (in pictures): Bacardi posters from 1920s to 1999 tell 150-year-old story of the man behind the rum | Mail Online
It's common knowledge that Ernest Hemingway enjoyed his liquor, but he wasn't alone.
Truman Capote called screwdrivers his "orange drink," J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis would often grab beers together at a local pub and talk about their books, and Jane Austen would write letters to her sister about the luxury of drinking a fine French wine.
We put together a list of 14 authors and their favorite drinks, from absinthe to a gin and tonic, even throwing in one writer who was quite possibly the biggest coffee addict of all time.
Strange Fact: When you’re measuring the amount you drink in gallons, you know you’re in trouble.
Stranger Fact: Though Mali is predominantly Muslim, alcohol isn’t prohibited. Our Africa says the drink of choice is millet beer, which looks to be consumed in large quantities.
Strangest Fact: Portuguese women apparently give a lot of conflicting accounts of how often they drink. According to this 2008 Wall Street Journal article, 72 percent of women in Portugal say they don’t drink.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Strange Fact: In Denmark, there’s something called hygge — an idea of warmth in a climate that has little of it. And yes, wine comes into play.
Stranger Fact: Alcohol is mostly banned in Yemen, but if it is to be found, the WHO says it’s going to be beer.
Strangest Fact: Haitians almost exclusively drink spirits. Evidently, WHO researchers never heard of the Haitian beer, Prestige. It’s kind of a big deal in the Caribbean nation.
Strange Fact: Who knew European countries were so safe about their booze?
Stranger Fact: The World Health Organization found in 2011 that the people of Moldova are the hardest drinkers in the world. They drink three times the global average, putting back 18 liters of pure alcohol per year.
Strangest Fact: The “riskiest” drinkers in the world are found in Russia and Ukraine. (We’ll let you draw your own conclusions from that.)
Strange Fact: Living on an island appears to exacerbate one’s tendency to drink. The Cook Islands, Samoa, Ireland and Sri Lanka are all near the top.
Stranger Fact: If you’re Zambian, you’re probably drunk at least once per week — and in very good company.
Strangest Fact: Pakistan, despite the fact that it’s a Muslim country, has a pretty sizable drinking problem. The penalty if you’re caught is 80 lashes, but the punishment is rarely enforced, and alcohol addiction clinics are flourishing.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
While Palcohol's possible, eventual existence is throwing everyone for a loop, it appears powdered alcohol has existed, at least in theory, on the fringes of the substance world for a while.
The first US patent (3,436,224) for powdered alcohol was filed in 1964 by Harold E. Bode of Cleveland, Ohio, and granted in 1969. It describes a number of water-soluble substances for creating alcoholic beverages.
According to the patent, the process involved dehydrating a "starch-based polysaccharide material until the moisture con ten [sic] is less than 0.75%," cooling that material to a "food flavor vapor-sorbing temperature."
The next step is "exposing the said dehydrated material to anhydrous ethanol," and, if desired, to "one or more anhydrous food/beverage flavors from the group comprising carbon dioxide, and aroma volatiles from cereals, fruits or vegetables."
In short, dehydrate some carbs, cool them, expose them to anhydrous ethanol and, if you want, add some flavorings, and voila—alcohol in Kool-Aid form.
The resulting products would be dry and reconstitutable "beverage powders."
The patent also specifically mentions "beer beverage powder," one with "anhydrous malt syrup solids," and "volatile beer flavorings and aromas."
But apparently, this approach didn't work brilliantly.
Gen Foods Corp followed this patent with its own, filed in 1972 and granted in 1974, dissed the product in the previous patent, saying it produced a cloudy and "undesirably sweet" beverage with "relatively low levels of alcohol fixation" that needed "excessive amounts of carbohydrate fixative."
The product was also described as too viscous with poor appearance and texture.
Instead, Gen Foods Corp proposed a flowable powder using dextrins as the carbohydrate, which could produce a substance that was up to 60 percent ethanol by weight.
When mixed with water, the powder would produce a "low-viscosity, clear, colorless" alcohol. Gen Foods Corp's patent also cites a British patent, GB1138124, which is not available online.
Alcoholic powders never quite made it to market in the US, even though the patents in question should have expired at least 20 years ago, throwing the market open to anyone.
In 2008, rumors circulated that a company named Pulver Spirits would release an alcoholic powder, but all that remains of the company are third-party mentions on various forums and blogs; its site is now defunct.
Europe, on the other hand, has approached alcoholic powder slightly more directly.
One company, Subyou, appears to have once sold powdered alcohol (circa 2005) online.
Now, per the company's site, it sells powdered energy drinks. A group of Dutch students scandalized the media in 2007 withBooz2Go, 20-gram packets of powder that produced a three-percent alcohol beverage when mixed with water.
One of the students told Reuters that the powder form of the product would allow them to sell to underage kids (the legal drinking age in the Netherlands was 16 at the time, but is now 18 as of January 2014).
The most recent example of alcohol powder is not instant, but can be added to juice for a fast-tracked brewing cycle that makes a beverage of 14 percent alcohol in 48 hours.
The product, called Spike Your Juice, was originally sold in August on firebox.com; originally, it was only sold to the EU, but is now available on Amazon.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
A portable solution for busy boozers who want to drink while going about their daily activities, Palcohol is apparently perfect for a quick-fix cocktail, but definitely not suitable for snorting