People have been getting drunk since the dawn of time, but the cocktails we drink today are relatively new inventions. A cocktail is often defined as an alcoholic mixed drink that contains three or more ingredients, at least one of which is a spirit. The word cocktail originated in the United States in the 17th century but didn't gain popularity until the middle of the 1800s. This popularity is thanks in large part to Jerry Thomas, the granddad of mixology, who published his bartender's guide in 1862. Luckily, the recipes are just as good today. So get your shakers ready. In no particular order, here are some of the oldest cocktails in history.
In the central area of the arid, southern reaches of Argentina, there is a rare oasis: the Río Negro Valley. An ideal place for growing grapes of great concentration, given the low humidity which goes all year round (to a 30% max!) and barely 7 inches of rain a year. Sounds hard and uninviting, yet its nickname would never give that away: "Land of Dreams." That is the nickname it goes by at Bodega Noemía.
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.
I am constantly on a search for new fabulous flavour pairings for chocolate and thanks to the complexity of this food there’s a lot of road ahead of me! My next chocolatey adventure takes place during a meeting between Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka: pairing rum and chocolate! Rum has a sugar cane base with plenty of intense notes that can play delightfully with the creamy and caramel notes in certain chocolates.
Swizzle sticks may appear to be a bit of a relic from the 70s, but, in recent years, have made something of a comeback thanks to old-school nostalgia. Nostalgia tends to bring a lot of antiquated or outdated material back to the mainstream. It brought vinyl back from the grave, after all.
"No names, no business cards, no resumes." Harrison Ford says to Melanie Griffith in Working Girl. "I promised myself that when we met we'd drink tequila. No Chardonnay, no frog water, real drinks."