Captain Morgan is a name known far and wide, but today the only fear it generates is in people who can't quite remember what they did after their eighth shot of rum on Saturday night. However, unlike some products that come up with catchy names and memorable mascots to go with them, Captain Morgan was a real person. Beyond simply existing though, Captain Henry Morgan wrote his name in gunpowder and blood all throughout the Caribbean in the 1600s.
In fact, many countries have banned alcohol, at some point in history. A typical example is the famous American period of Prohibition.
When the topic of drinking laws is brought up, Prohibition is usually what initially comes to mind, as this marked a particularly stringent era of federal restriction in regards to alcohol. However, across the world, there are plenty of odd drinking laws that structure the ways in which we are or aren’t allowed to consume alcohol, and some of them certainly prove that truth is stranger than fiction. From banning certain types of alcohol to implementing meticulously specific laws about how or when it can be served, there are plenty of bizarre legal hoops that people have to jump through if they want to drink. The weirdest drinking laws throughout the course of history are comical reminders that alcohol and our aversion to it make us do strange things.
In the present, some states have more availability of alcohol than others, depending on the culture. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution had repealed Prohibition. Amendments require three-fourths majority of state representative's approval. Prohibition had begun in the early 19th century as a way of attempting to curb the people’s drinking habits. The 21st Amendment had been proposed by Congress on February 20th, 1933, and is noted for being the only Amendment that nullified another Amendment. The 18th Amendment had originally been put in place, because of the temperance movement.
No one knows exactly when for sure, but seemingly since the dawn of time, people have found ways to get the party started. Drinking was more than just a means to numb the ever-present pain that is directly related to human existence, it was a way to share that pain with other people in a way that pulled a veil over the harsh realities of life at the time. Practices like this evolved over the course of centuries, becoming staples in societal practices to help celebrate, mourn, show reverence, and distinguish classes of people from others. These traditions, as many a sociologist might call them, have permeated the tale of humankind in many exciting ways, allowing people of today's day and age the ability to share with our ancestors something as pure and unadulterated as getting turnt. Unfortunately though, many an inebriated young person has raised their glass to cheer, but few have wondered why or how to do so properly. Thankfully for seasoned professionals like me (sorry, Mom), I have gotten drunk plenty of times and contemplated many a thing, including where and when this tradition came to be. Through my research, I have uncovered the oldest drinking traditions in the world, and intend to share with you what ancestral knowledge can be found at the bottom of the bottle (in no particular order whatsoever).
Black and Tans are a popular drink in the United States and a personal favorite of mine, though in the end I prefer a pint of Guinness on its own. There’s a fun Irish-style band, one of my favorites, named Gaelic Storm, which sings a song about being a modern Irish-American descendant in the United States called “Raised on Black and Tans”.
Sake, sometimes denoted saké or referred to as Japanese rice wine, is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. In Japan, sake refers to alcohol in general, whereas sake refers specifically to rice wine in countries outside of Japan.
There are very few vices that are as common as alcohol. It's been featured in many different movies, television shows, plays, and books. Drinking was once such a problem, it actually caused a political movement for its prohibition.
It’s a drink that’s always in style no matter the decade or day of the week. It’s on every bartender’s curriculum and every mixed drink enthusiast’s bucket list, but the Old Fashioned has always been just one of the many building blocks that serve as the benchmark of New York City’s diverse list of distinguished mixed drinks.
When I was six or seven, my parents went out to celebrate an anniversary and left our grandmother to watch my brothers and me. Grandma Jean is British, and when I was little I loved this the most about her. She brought chocolate Smarties and Noddy books back for us in her luggage and made us afternoon tea. I spent so much time reading British books, in fact, that I was often corrected at school for using a ‘u’ in the word 'color.'
"Is that vodka?" Margarita asked weakly.The cat jumped up in his seat with indignation."I beg your pardon, my queen," he rasped, "Would I ever allow myself to offer vodka to a lady? This is pure alcohol!"- Mikhail Bulgakov, "Master i Margarita"