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What Did Prohibition Require?

Prohibition in the United States lasted from 1920 – 1933. Its mention conjures up illicit drinking in speakeasies and bloody gangster activities, but do you know what were the official parameters?

The effort that culminated in banning booze in our nation began well before the Civil War (1861-1865). Its proponents were looking to achieve a more moral and productive society, and they thought that keeping people from drinking would solve significant societal ills.

The legislation that resulted in Prohibition was actually quite unsatisfactory to teetotalers (people who do not drink). They saw it as not stringent enough.

At no point during Prohibition was illegal to DRINK alcohol. It was only illegal to make, sell, or transport it. While having a stockpile of alcohol was perfectly legal, however you could not do so at more than 2 residences—and at that one home had to be in the city and one in the country.

There were also medical and religious exemptions. Doctors could actually write prescriptions for booze, and religious leaders could dole it out for official ceremonies.

Plenty of people broke the law to drink during Prohibition, but there were many who imbibed while following the law.

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Apparently, People Drink Icebergs?

Naturally-formed ice traps pockets of air as it freezes. Large and old deposits of ice like glaciers and icebergs can contain air encased since before Columbus’ voyage.

So, in niche Chilean cocktail bars you can drink a breath of fresh air, where they add chipped iceberg ice to their drinks.

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Does Your Country Drink More Beer Than the Others?

For the last 23 years the good people of the Czech Republic have drank more beer per capita than any other nation on Earth. According to the latest statistics, the Czechs each drink 250 pints per year.

To see if your country ranks in the top 10 of beer drinking, click here.

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Pappy Van Winkle’s Blues

Booze has a funny knack of appealing to us at our personal lows and our highs. Did you reach for a celebratory drink after the last big win you had in your personal life?

Robby Fabbri of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues sure did. Except his drink of choice was a reclusive 13 year old Pappy Van Winkle Rye Whiskey, and he chugged all $1,200 of it.

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#1 Unhealthiest Drink in America

For the #1 Unheathiest Drink in America I have a little extra insight. I actually worked at Red Robin for two and a half years, and have personally made this drink on many unfortunate occasions.

While I speculated about the recipes of the other drinks on this list, I will attest first hand that the very tiny splashes of Blue Moon and Cointreau do not offer enough flavor—let alone alcohol content—to make this “drink” worth paying a premium price.

If you were to drop into a Red Robin (which I certainly DO recommend!) you would be much better off enjoying a pint of Blue Moon, and finishing your meal with a non-alcoholic shake to go.

 

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#5 Unhealthiest Cocktail in America

The good folks at Eat This! Not That! encourage you to avoid Texas Roadhouse’s Frozen Raspberry Margarita.

Number 5 on this list of the Most Unhealthy Drinks in America clocks in at 470 calories, and I can assure you it tastes like an ungodly sweet pile of mush with a tiny bit of liquor thrown in for giggles.

In contrast to the curators of this list, I encourage you to responsibly drink whatever you like—just know that if it is a frozen drink, then your bartender will hate you.

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#6 Unhealthiest Cocktail in America

TGI Friday’s once again makes the Top 10 with their Flaming Frozen Lava Flow. Apparently this cocktail comes with a flaming bit of paraffin wax on top, but that does not overcome the fact that it is another frozen (blended) drink.

Blended ice melts really quickly in an alcoholic solution, which means that in order to make a frozen cocktail it will have a whole bunch of sugar and cream, with very little booze.

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