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Cöffeemeister

Coffee has been flirting with the booze-world, of late. Yesterday, I saw a TV commercial for a nitro-cold brew from a prominent coffee company. This means that unlike soda and traditional beer, nitro beverages receive the same bubble-treatment as Guinness.

Next up in this trend, Jägermeister just announced that it has a cold brew variation of its traditional liqueur. Each shot will boast 10% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee, and they add cacao for a dry & earthy chocolate-y-ness.

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#9 Unhealthiest Cocktail in America

Health Magazine Eat This, Not That! put together a list of the least healthy cocktails at America’s most popular chain restaurants. Apparently, drinking 1 of today’s cocktail equates to eating 80 Sour Patch Kids gummies!

The Outback Steakhouse Watermelon Hunch Punch advertises as delighting the senses with Lemonade, Watermelon (sugary purée, I assume) and Ole Smokey Blackberry Moonshine (except it’s a 20% ABV cordial).

For my rant on how this is not a worthwhile cocktail see Sunday’s post: #10 Unhealthiest Cocktail in America. You would have to drink 4 of these to match the potency of a single 10 oz. rum & coke.

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#10 Unhealthiest Cocktail in America

Health Magazine Eat This, Not That! compiled a list of the least healthy cocktails at America’s most popular chain restaurants. I am not here to dissuade anyone from enjoying a tasty beverage at dinner, rather I like seeing the small-potatoes that people get riled up over.

Some of these genuinely do sound scrumptious, but having bartended at one of America’s most popular chain restaurants (indeed, one that makes this top 10 list) I assure you that they all throw alcohol and artistry out the window in favor of sugar-bombing your pancreas. That said, enjoy!

Outback Steakhouse’s Huckleberry Hooch Moonshine Cocktail

  • 1.25 oz Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine
  • 0.5 oz Monin Huckleberry
  • 1.0 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 0.5 oz Orange Juice
  • 0.5 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 Blackberries
  • 2 Strawberry slices
  • Top with soda water

This recipe is deceptive in 2 regards. Firstly, Moonshine is a spirit of at least 95% alcohol—whereas Ole Smoky Blackberry is only 20% ABV.

Secondly, in a standard cocktail (Rum & Coke, Gin & Tonic, Screw Driver, etc…) half of the liquid is a 40% ABV spirit and the other half is non-alcholic (juice, soda, water, etc…).

What this means is that a normal cocktail is 20% alcohol before the ice melts. Accordingly, Outback’s Huckleberry Hooch Moonshine Cocktail is pathetically 5.9% alcohol by volume.

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Cornstalk: America’s Original Sweetener

Whether you like it in your movie theater, in your soda, or in your gas tank Corn is a big deal in America. In fact, has been a popular crop in North America since before Christopher Columbus arrived.

Originally, Central Americans domesticated corn by 8,000 B.C. for the sweet fibers in its stalk, and not actually its kernels. Cornstalk as a source of sweetness would be made obsolete once Sugarcane arrived in the New World.

As you may have guessed, these early corn farmers discovered how to create cornstalk wine.

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