history

Since discovering alcohol a millennium ago, humans have been gung-ho about this liquid drug; Voyage back in time to map out the history of alcohol and drinking.

  • Iria Vasquez-Paez
    Published 4 months ago
    The 21st Amendment

    The 21st Amendment

    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 In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution had repealed Prohibition.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.
  • Ryan Witt
    Published 5 months ago
    The 10 Oldest Drinking Traditions in the World

    The 10 Oldest Drinking Traditions in the World

    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).
  • Gabrielle Lamontagne
    Published 6 months ago
    Black and Tans

    Black and Tans

    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”.
  • C.C. Curtis
    Published 10 months ago
    The Ultimate Guide to Sake

    The Ultimate Guide to Sake

    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.
  • Cato Conroy
    Published 12 months ago
    10 Famous Politicians Who Were Alcoholics

    10 Famous Politicians Who Were Alcoholics

    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.
  • A M B M
    Published 2 years ago
    The History Behind Absinthe and How to Make a La Louche
  • Jon Medrano Miller
    Published 2 years ago
    How an Old Fashioned Became the Old Fashioned Staple of NYC

    How an Old Fashioned Became the Old Fashioned Staple of NYC

    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.
  • Amanda Kusek
    Published 2 years ago
    Top Shelf Cures

    Top Shelf Cures

    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.'
  • Lubow Dabrowska-Szpakowicz
    Published 2 years ago
    Russian Vodka

    Russian Vodka

    "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"
  • Madeline Basirico
    Published 2 years ago
    Famous Books Written by Alcoholic Authors

    Famous Books Written by Alcoholic Authors

    Many famous authors have struggled with alcohol addiction. Some use it as a means of sparking inspiration, while others depend on it to self-medicate. It is widely debated whether or not drinking actually helps with the quality of writing. These particular authors didn't let their addiction get in the way of their work, as many of these books have been deemed classics. Unsurprisingly, several of the following alcoholic authors wrote about drinking and alcohol abuse in their books. The plague of alcoholism has consumed the lives of numerous individuals throughout history. Here multiple famous books written by alcoholic writers.
  • Cato Conroy
    Published 2 years ago
    History of Wine and Church

    History of Wine and Church

    The church is not exactly what most people would think of when they are asked to name a champion of partying. However, it'd be a lie to say that the often straight-laced church didn't have a major contribution to the modern bar scene.
  • Anthony Beal
    Published 2 years ago
    9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sake

    9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sake

    Japanese sake has one of the longest, most storied histories of all alcoholic beverages, yet its tale remains largely unknown outside the country of its birth, or to anyone who isn't a dyed-in-the-wool aficionado. Let's take a fun look at some lesser-known facts surrounding an alcohol that's been called Japan's national beverage.