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Preference for Fireball Fades

As gross as this writer finds Fireball, it really did reignite America’s interest in whiskey. From 2015 – 2017 this cinnamon-tainted liquor reigned supreme as the most recommended whiskey to shoot.

Well according to the U.S. Bartender Influencer Study—a survey of 10,000 U.S. bartenders—Fireball’s gross dominance as the most recommended shot of whiskey in 2018 has succumbed to Jack Daniels.

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Sumerian Beer Laws + Capital Punishment

In the history of human drinking only relatively recently have bars existed independent of hotels. In Ancient Sumeria inns were the only establishments that served booze.

According to the Hammurabi Code innkeepers were held to a very strict set of laws. For instance, the punishment for accepting money instead of corn at a price less than the value of corn-payment resulted was death.

Also, innkeepers who did not capture & deliver conspirators to the king would be drowned in their own beer.

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The Booze Industry is Pouring Support into Rebuilding Notre Dame

On Monday, April 15 a fire started and engulfed much of Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral. Officials are still sorting out the cause of the blaze, but before firefighters even gained control of the fire citizens of France were calling for its reconstruction.

Less than 24 hours after the inferno started heavyweights in France’s wine industry pledged a collective $338 million towards rebuilding the 850 year old building. Charlois Group is France’s biggest producer of oak, and has committed to finding, “Thousands of cubic meters,” of the finest oak for the restoration.

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‘Claret Snaps’ are Red Wine Floats!

In mid 19th century Americans loved floating red wine on top of a cocktail as a garnish. A splash of vino on top of a drink provides a nice aromatic effect without really tasting like wine.

Regardless of what type is used this is known as a “Claret snap”.

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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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The World’s Oldest Beer Recipe was Written 4,000 Years Ago

Ancient Sumerians loved beer, too. One of their brewers wrote down (on stone tablets) what stands today as the oldest recorded beer recipe.

In a hymnbook dedicated to Ninkasi—their goddess of alcohol—this recipe was immortalized 4,000 years ago as a poem.

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Originally, the Mint Julep Was Not A Whiskey Cocktail

Every year as the Kentucky Derby approaches blogs aplenty post classic & nouveaux recipes for the Mint Julep. It is a thoroughly refreshing summertime cocktail of bourbon, sugar, water, and mint leaves.

However, it originally was made with Cognac. Whiskey only became associated with the Mint Julep when the French Phylloxera Blight and the American Civil War deprivations made Cognac difficult to come by, in North America.

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