The history of liquor in the 15th century was one of gradual advance. Distilled spirit was generally flavored with juniper berries. The result was known as junever. That’s the Dutch word for “juniper.” The French changed the name to genievre. The English changed to “geneva.” They then modified it to “gin.”2 Russians liked their grain spirit […]
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- Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence in a tavern.
- The first signer of that famous document, John Hancock, was an alcohol dealer.
- Every signer of the Declaration of Independence drank alcoholic beverages. There was no abstainer among these American leaders.
- George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere and Patrick Henry. One was a major whiskey distiller, one was a bar tender, one owned a vineyard, and one was a brewer. Alcohol beverages have always been an important part of American life and culture. Curious?
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The earliest history of liquor (distilled spirits) is shrouded in mystery. Considerable disagreement exists over who first developed distillation. The same is true about when and where it occurred. Origins It’s been suggested that distillation may have originated in Mesopotamia 2,000 years BC. The purpose would have been to produce perfumes and aromatics. However, […]
The history of liquor is a fascinating one. Its origins are unclear, but it probably developed around the 13th century AD. Speculations about possible earlier development are just that……speculations. Wine can develop with no human intervention. Beer can brew with little human involvement. But distilling alcohol requires an understanding of specific physical processes. It also […]
Temperance after Repeal of Prohibition Most of the country recognized prohibition as a national disaster in 1933. The popular vote against it was 74%. But millions of Americans continued to support prohibition. And the temperance movement today continues to support anti-alcohol sentiments. The neo-prohibition movement is strong and growing. Surprisingly, almost one in five US […]
President Herbert Hoover’s described Prohibition as “a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.” (1) Prohibition became known as the Noble Experiment of Prohibition. Unfortunately, the Noble Experiment of Prohibition in the U.S. failed miserably. Even worse, it not only failed but was counterproductive. That is, it was worse than […]
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- The alcohol contents of a regular beer, glass of dinner wine and shot of whiskey or other distilled spirit (80 proof) are all the same. This is alcohol equivalence.
- The U.S. government reports that moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine or distilled spirits) improves health and increases longevity.
- Parents have great influence over the choices their children make about alcohol now and in the future.
- Drinking alcohol by students in U.S. middle and high schools has declined to its lowest level in the 36 years that the federal government has surveyed the subject.
- Distilled spirits (whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila, gin, etc.) contain no carbohydrates, no fats of any kind, and no cholesterol. Get the nutrition facts.