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Chocolate Beans Need Fermentation

Fermentation is not only valuable in making booze, but it plays a role in some foods too. In some cases—like Kimchi—fermentation adds nutrients to entire dishes, just like it does to alcohol.

In other cases fermentation unlocks latent flavors by setting off enzyme activity, oxidation, and the breakdown of proteins into amino acids. Without first fermenting Cacao Beans chocolate would actually taste bland and unremarkable.

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Rice-Booze is 8,000 Years Old!

Between 8,000 – 9,000 years ago humans domesticated Rice. While that is no where near as sexy as domesticating wild horses in a western movie, it did pave the way for rice-based booze, which began 8,000 years ago, too!

The uncanny ability of the Rice plant to thrive in both flooded and dry fields gave it a leg up on crops into which early humans would want sink their efforts. While over 110,000 varieties of rice exist, only ‘Oryza sativa var. japonica’ is used for making alcohols like sake and rice wine.

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Synthetic Alcohol is on the Horizon, and it Promises to Do Away with Hangovers

Scientists in London claim to have developed a synthetic alcohol that will get you tipsy, without resulting in a hangover the next day.

David Nutt says that he and members of his team have already tested the substance on themselves, and now some pesky safety trials are all that stand between you and a night out without worrying about the hangover.

While thoroughly intrigued, this bartender remains skeptical that such a chemical will remain devoid of longterm side effects. In the mean time, if you want to avoid a hangover just drink 1 glass of water after every 1 alcoholic drink you consume.

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Prohibition Exploded the Prison Population

America’s Prohibition did very little to stop its citizens from drinking. What it did accomplish in spades however, was turning tens of thousands of people into criminals.

From 1914 until the eve of Prohibition in 1920 the population of U.S. prisons remained between 4,000 – 4,800. Just 9 years later over 12,000 people sat incarcerated.

The constitutional act that made the country dry would be repealed 4 years later. What a waste.

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19th Century Trolling

The Moral ‘Suasion (1842)

  • 2.0 oz.- Peach Brandy
  • 2.0 tsp.- Cognac
  • 1.0 tsp.- Curaçao
  • 1.0 tsp.- Sugar
  • 0.5 oz.-  Benedictine
  • 0.5 oz.- Lemon Juice

Before Prohibition people who wanted alcohol outlawed for being the root of evil in our country openly clashed and argued with people who appreciated the ability to imbibe as they pleased.

Back before people got their news from platforms like Snapchat they read something called newspapers. Newspapers were very widely observed, and much like on social media today peoples’ feathers got egregiously ruffled when other people would publicly print some severe 19th century smack talk.

In 1842 the, “indomitable foe of alcohol,” Dr. Charles Jewett of Boston printed his dour opinion of a bar owned by Peter Brigham. This incensed Brigham, whose next course of action was to create a line of cocktails (including one called “The Moral ‘Suasion”) specifically to mock a temperance crusader who maligned his bar via print.

The Moral ‘Suasion purported to be so alluring that even the teetotaling likes of Dr. Jewett would appreciate a good quaff.


The Moral ‘Suasion (1842)

  1. Shake all ingredients except the Cognac.
  2. Strain into a glass with fresh ice.
  3. Float the Cognac on top.
  4. Garnish with Strawberries and slices of Orange, Lemon, and Pineapple.

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Where’s this Going?

I am proud of the nearly 4 month streak through which I have posted a Booze Fact of the Day (BFD) every single day. Each morning I post a fresh BFD both on this blog as well as on a Snapchat account. On my WordPress page each BFD affords extra information on the day’s topic.

Recently, I have noticed an uptick of people reaching out through Snapchat, and messaging me directly regarding the day’s post, or some other ongoing. This has changed my thinking about what I am doing, and where to go next.

What started as a project for my personal gratification has become a thing that some people have worked into their daily routine! So I started logging which Snapchatters view my BFDs (out of 122 total people 10 have tuned in for every. single. BFD so far in 2019).

My next step has been to graphically develop a series of badges that can be directly messaged to viewers for different achievements (first view, 10th, 25th, etc…) in order to see if this is a thing that with a little encouragement can reach out to more than those who stumble upon my WordPress page, plus 122 people on Snapchat.

I do not know exactly where things are going here, but it seems that an opportunity has presented, and I am excited to explore it.

Want to come along for the ride? Follow my WordPress here and add me on Snapchat!

Now let’s go learn something!

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