Monday, December 16, 2013
Ten Useless but Interesting Facts About Alcohol
By OFW editor: Katrina Monroe
Published: June 02, 2013


In the morning, and sometimes throughout the rest of the day, writers will drown themselves in coffee to keep their minds sharp and their typing fingers sharper. But once the clock strikes five, the liquor cabinet opens to reveal shiny bottles of inspiration and bad-idea-filter-killer. The next time your non-writing significant other glares at you as you pop the cork in your favorite wine or smell the almond aroma of that new bottle of amaretto, answer their unspoken question with, “Research, my dear! For example, did you know…”

 
Wine
According to US dietary guidelines, there are 100 calories in a 5-ounce glass of wine. Also, red wine has been found to possess cardiovascular benefits.
 
Beer
The ancient Babylonians were the first to brew beer. They took their beer so seriously that if you brewed a bad batch, your punishment was to be drowned in it.
 
Whiskey
There are five basic classifications of whiskey – Irish, Scotch, Bourbon, Canadian, and American. A closed bottle of whiskey will keep for more than 100 years.
 
Vodka
The name comes from the Russian word for “water.”
 
Gin
“Bathtub gin” refers to any style of homemade spirit made in amateur conditions. It first appeared in the prohibition-era US in reference to the poor quality alcohol that was being made.
 
Tequila
Tequila must be distilled and bottled in Mexico to be genuine. Sometimes, a worm that makes its home in the Agave plant from which tequila is made will be left in the bottle to prove its authenticity.
 
Rum
In the 17th century New England, rum was the equivalent to gold and used as currency.
 
Cordials
Liqueurs, Schnapps, Anise, and Bitters are terms that cover a variety of spirits that are flavor-infused.
 
Moonshine
Moonshine is technically a whiskey, but is usually clear in color.
 
Amaretto
It is made from apricot kernels and tastes delicious over ice cream.

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