You’ve probably been to a couple bars or pubs in your time. Once you’ve been to one, you’ve probably seen them all. Selections might vary but, for the most part, they all feel the same. Glossy, sometimes sticky bars, uncomfortable stools and flat screen TVs blaring whatever the bartenders bought with their direct tv satellite deals.
There are, however, some things you might not have known about the world of alcohol and bartending. Today, we’d like to talk about some of those things.
The founder of MADD, that’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving, resigned when the organization became less about anti-drunk-driving and more about anti-alcohol in general. How’s that for interesting?
Remember prohibition? If you’re reading this and active in the bar scene, it probably was before your time. However, you all have President Franklin D. Roosevelt to thank for putting an end to that silly period in our history.
Did you know that the U.S. Marines’ first recruiting station was in a bar? Makes sense when you stop to think about all the young hotshots coming to have a drink.
And as far as bartenders go, Sandra Bullock, Chevy Chase, Bill Cosby and Bruce Willis. What about them? They were all former bartenders.
Moonshining is still a way of life for many people in the country. It might not be a public business, but it is a prosperous business for those who do it. Most moonshining is done in mountainous regions like West Virginia. It can be risky because if you get caught, you could face years in jail or prison. Television shows have made the business look easy at times, but it is actually difficult to do. Some alcohol stores sell a brand of moonshine that is made of some of the same ingredients, but it is not Read the rest of this entry »
Through out the course of history, governments have sought to ban certain products for the general good of the public. These restrictions can range from limited usage to an across the board suppression of the commodity. Prohibition was one of the more famous failures of government intervention.
A ban on alcoholic beverages in both consumption and manufacture was put in place with the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919. Three main factors led to its eventual repeal. The first was that exemptions were provided. Exceptions are the crack in any foundation. People simply found ways around the law by citing religious and Read the rest of this entry »
George Washington is known for crossing the Delaware and leading the United States to victory in the American Revolution, but he also pioneered several successful agricultural enterprises, one of the most successful of which was his whiskey distillery at his home at Mount Vernon.
In 1797, Washington’s farm manager, the Scotsman James Anderson, convinced Washington to build the distillery. By 1799, it was producing over 11,000 gallons of whiskey annually for domestic use and for export. The distillery was a two story building, comprised of the distillery itself, an office, a storage cellar, Read the rest of this entry »
Our country has saluted cocktails as early as the sixteenth century. We admire them on old movies and respect them in our bars. A deliciously made cocktail is a welcome atribute to a relaxing fun filled evening bound with good friends and conversation.
If you have been lucky enough to sip a Mojito you know that the magic takes place with White Rum, Carbonated Water, sugar and fresh Mint leaves softly processed with a Pestle. The Mojito is thought to be the very first cocktail invented in the sixteenth century. Cocktail Artists have since added several different flavors to the Mojito.
A recipe straight out of Singapore lends the Singapore Sling which made it’s debut in the early nineteen hundreds. A concoction of Gin, Benedictine, Cherry flavored Brandy and a tad of Bitters.
A good russian Vodka primiers in the famous White Russian cocktail. Vodka, Kaluha and a splash of cream make this cocktail a sweet treat. This creamy cocktail has been around for about eighty years.
The ideal food marriage to a cocktail is a food that can be eaten without silverware using ones fingers and small enough to take as a whole bite. Some ideal foods include a new take on Pigs In The Blanket; wrap some dry imported salami with a slice of imported cheese bake until brown and serve with some spiced mustard for dipping. Homemade Pita Chips with a freshly made Gucamoli is sure to please. Jumbo Cocktail Shrimp served with a zesty dip is a for sure hit.
Many states in our nation today still have what are called, “Blue laws”. What is a blue law you might ask? A law from Colonial times prohibiting certain activities such as purchasing alcohol on a Sunday. These were strict religious laws and strictly enforced. Today many of these laws are considered obsolete, yet many of them still remain on the books. A few examples.
It is illegal to have beer bottles larger than 16 ounces. Furthermore, there are Read the rest of this entry »
Beer, glorious beer! Loved the world over, and loved slightly more in some places than others. You may be surprised to find which countries consume the most beer. Here is a breakdown of the top three beer consuming countries in the world, taking into consideration the total volume of beer consumed in each country.
1. China consumed the most beer in 2010 by scoffing a total of 44,683 thousand kiloliters. The Chinese favor lagers, and there are many regional Chinese breweries producing this type. Although this country consumes the most beer in volume, it only equals to about 1.2 bottles per Read the rest of this entry »
There is no set period when what we have come to know as “happy hour” really began. As a general term it means a period where friends or colleagues could gather together for a drink. The oldest reference to this time is found in the nineteen twenties as a reference to the times when Navy ships would hold scheduled events as a way of entertaining the sailors on board. This scheduled entertainment did not revolve around drinking Read the rest of this entry »
Cocktails have always had a certain mystique to them, whipped up behind the bar by experts that mix secret ingredients in their drinks for extra flavor and flair. Recently a new trend has emerged in the cocktail world, one that combines food and flavorings into the drink, creating gourmet cocktails.
Cocktails have been around forever, but throughout time a few favorites have stood the test of time. Margaritas are a perfect example. The are hundreds of recipes for the perfect margarita with multiple ingredients that Read the rest of this entry »