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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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The Moscow Mule is Older than You Think…

Have you ever had an idea that you were sure would pan out? Well Russian citizen Sophie Berezinski thought in 1941 that cute little mugs made out of copper would be a hit, so she used her father’s copper factory to get 2,000 of them fabricated.

When nobody in all of Russia wanted a stupid copper cup, Sophie emigrated to America to try and sell her 2,000 mugs. Apparently, Los Angeles did not have much interest in copper drinking vessels, either.

After passing the point of despair in hoping to ever find a profitable home for her copper mugs, fate caught up with Sophie at the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub. There she met two other failing entrepreneurs. John Martin’s Smirnoff distillery was floundering, and the Cock ‘n’ Bull’s proprietary ginger beer was also not selling.

Thus, as the three of them sat down and made a cocktail combining products from their 3 near-bust businesses, the Moscow Mule was invented in 1941, and the damn copper mug served no purpose but a marketing ploy.

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Is Potato Vodka a Polish Preference?

While Vodka is sometimes made today with Potatoes, it was not originally so. The Potato—which originated in Peru—did not arrive in Europe until more than 200 years after the birth of Vodka.

Furthermore, unlike common cereal grains and fruits, the starch in Potatoes does not readily convert to yeast-friendly sugar. In 1809 The Perfect Distiller and Brewer—a Polish publication—declared that Potatoes make for the worst Vodka.

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Ever Had Peruvian Potatoes?

Today Vodka is made from all kinds of starches like rye, wheat, corn, peaches, grapes, and Potatoes to name a few. Have you ever been lead to believe that it was the Potato that served as the original ingredient in making Vodka?

Vodka has been around since at least the early 1500s. Unfortunately for purveyors of this myth, Potatoes actually originated in Peru (South America). They would not cross the Atlantic and become a mainstay in Europe until the mid 1700s.

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Plum Wine Lies To You

Unlike other fruit wines—which are made from the fruit in their name—Plum Wine is not made from Plums. In fact, it is not even wine!

“Plum Wine” is made from infusing Plums into a vodka-like liquor called Shochu. Originating in Persia, Shochu is liquor distilled from fermented rice, barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat, brown sugar, and sometimes even more obscure ingredients.

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Who Invented Vodka Better?

As with many origin stories for specific types of booze from around the world it is tricky to determine in exactly which country Vodka originated. Mind you, I suggest you advance this theory delicately depending on which side of the Poland-Russia border you have this discussion.

While Poles and Russians each credit their respective ancestors for creating Vodka, we do know that it originated in that part of the world. The first known mention of Vodka comes to us from a medical journal called On Herbs & Their Potency by Stefan Falimirz.

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Etymology of the Screwdriver

People around the globe have been mixing Vodka with Orange Juice for a very long time, but the name Screwdriver for this cocktail cropped up in the mid 1900s.

Some of the oil industry’s workers toiling in the Persian Gulf took to drinking on the clock, and would mix an inocuous-looking cocktail. Since they were in the field without kitchen utensils at hand, legend has it that they would stir their drink with an actual screwdriver.

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