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Adios Long Island. Hola Applebees!

Applebees has taken an old staple for heavy drinking and released a PG-21 version.

Traditionally, the Adios Motherfucker starts out life as a Long Island Iced Tea, but instead of adding Sweet & Sour Mix along with Coca-Cola, you throw in 1 shot of Blue Curaçao, instead. This means the drink is utterly lacks any non-alcoholic component, save the ice.

Applebees now offers a watered down version of this recklessly strong classic. It still boasts a blend of vodka, tequila, rum, gin, triple sec, and blue curaçao—but they lighten the pours so that Sweet & Sour plus Sierra Mist also fit in the glass.

I promise you that this drink will be an underweight sugar-bomb, but through the month of September they cost only $1. In a cute little homage to this drink’s roots—as well as to the passing of Summer—they simply call it, Adios.

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How Much Rum Would You Have Drank in 1655?

Through the 17th century Rum became a big enough product that it influenced the function and politics of many countries.

This might seem a bold claim for a spirit that today ranks about 3rd on peoples’ list of favorites spirits. However, by 1655 the island of Barbados alone was producing 900,000 gallons (3.4 million liters) annually.

Each English colony in the Caribbean made an obscene amount of money making Rum. However, the Spanish colonies were forbidden to export rum, so they never made any. Out of fear of Rum taking over, the Spanish wine industry convinced the king to adopt this law, and this is why the real Captain Morgan did not drink Rum!

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Rum was so intricately tied into Colonial New England culture that it served as currency alongside British sterling. In 1777 prosperous farmer John Langdorn donated 9,450 gallons (35,772 L) of Rum that funded a New Hampshire militia.

This militia he raised through bartering Rum went on to foil a British incursion from Canada that would have fatally divided the colonies.

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Britain’s War on America’s Rum

While the Revolutionary War officially began July 4, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it commenced in effect early in 1775. Indeed, the first blood spilled in its gradual escalation fell from the chest of Rum distiller Joseph Whicher in February, 1775.

By the eve of the revolution, American-made Rum had become so interwoven with colonial culture that the people regularly used it as a form of currency. This is why British naval blockades—which prevented the import of supplies with which to make Rum—had devistating economic effects upon coastal cities.

One such blockade of Boston cost the city’s Rum distillers the equivalent of $200,000 per week in today’s money.

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5 Colonies for Rum

By and large America’s original 13 colonies wanted very little to do with one & other. This is why it is worthy of note that in 1766 some of them banded together against British meddling for the first time in history.

Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania sent a delagation to England that was able to convince the crown to overturn the economically oppressive Molasses Act—replaced by the Sugar Act.

This new legislation lowered the price of sugar so much that it was no longer profitable for the American Colonists to smuggle it in—which made Rum a whole lot cheaper to create!

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How Salem Beat Out Lexington & Concord

On February 26, 1775 tensions mounted between a detachment of British soldiers and American militia in Salem, Massachusetts. In arguing over the crossing of a bridge the two forces met literally face to face. For his insolence American Joseph Whicher received a nick from a British sword.

Tensions descalated at this point, and no further violence ensued. With the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord still two months away, Joseph Whicher—a foreman at a Salem rum distillery—shed the first blood of the Revolutionary War.

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Would You Buy French or British Sugar?

Rum is made from molasses.

In the early 1700s Americans found it much cheaper to buy their molasses from French colonies in the Carribean, rather than British ones. When these British molasses producers went crying home to mama, the English crown responded by placing steep tarrifs on America’s import of all French sugar products.

The seed of defiance had already taken root in the American colonies, and our predacessors took to smuggling, rather than paying duties on French sugar or buying British. So prolific was America’s sugar smuggling that England collected all of £2 on French sugar for the entire year of 1735. This roughly equates to $168 (£128) today.

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