March 2012


Drink of the Pirates


Pirates drank rum, right? Well, not so much- people usually mixed rum with other things back then, because the rum was very strong and not very tasty. (Still is, in my opinion.) But surely they drank grog, you might say if you know your pirate lore. Grog was a sailor's drink made by mixing rum with either water or beer. Merely watering down your rum does not do much to improve the flavor, so lemon or lime juice was sometimes added.


Is It Wine Or Beer?

The Japanese national drink, Sake, is often referred to as a “rice wine,” but if you think about it that doesn't really make any sense. You make wine out of a fruit, generally grapes but sometimes other fruits. You make beer out of grains, and rice is a grain. So Sake is really a rice beer, strictly speaking, but I don't expect anyone to change what they call it anytime soon.


Turkic/Mongolian Mare's Milk

The Mongolians call it “airag,” the Turkic peoples call it “kumis” or some near-variant of that sound. Either way it's fermented milk. The home-made version is usually mare's milk, the commercially-available stuff is generally cow's milk.


The peoples of the steppe have been making it for many centuries, mostly because they didn't have anything else you could really make alcohol out of. Thirteenth-century traveler William of Rubruck had this to say about it:


“it makes the inner man most joyful and also intoxicates weak heads, and greatly provokes urine.”

Jameson Pancake Shots For Everyone!

Jameson Irish whiskey, butterscotch schnapps, and orange juice

The Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Pancake shot. Enough said right? This shot is now an immediate go to drink on days of pub crawling and nights of abusing the right to be inebriated. With St. Patty’s day coming up in just a couple of weeks it might not be a bad idea to get some   Irish themed Drinks. That is if you are like me and are sick of the Mich Golden Lite that has been died green, just can’t do it anymore.