Ever wondered about facts behind all the drinks you’ve been ordering or serving? Check out our “20 Fun Facts About Your Favorite Liquors”, they might just come in handy in all those bar conversations plus it can make people feel that a certified bartender is most certainly amongst them!
- In the 1800’s rum was a beauty secret! Rum was considered an excellent product for cleaning hair and keeping it healthy.
- In the United Kingdom, July 31 is “Black Tot Day,” commemorating the 1970 rule that abolished the British Navy’s daily ration of “daily tot” (rum) for sailors.
- Tequila is primarily made from Blue Agave, a cactus.
- True tequila doesn’t include the infamous “worm”; this was a marketing gimmick in the 1940s.
- The body or lightness of whiskey is primarily determined by the size of the grain from which it is made wherein the larger the grain is, the lighter the whiskey will become.
- While most vodka is the product of distilled grains, potato vodka is also a popular alternative.
- The word “vodka” isderived from the Slavic term voda, which translates to “little water.”
- Vodka is the world’smost popular liquor, with more than 4 billion liters consumed each year.
- Bourbon is the official spirit of the United States, by act of Congress. The American whiskeygets its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky. Kentucky produces 95 percent of the world’s bourbon; however none of it is currently made in Bourbon County.
- In the 1600’s, the earliest thermometers contained brandy instead of mercury.
- The word brandy is derived from the Dutch word brandewijn which means burnt wine.
- Sherry was apparently the alcohol of choice for many world travelers; both Magellan and Columbus had a lot of it on board during their respective voyages. Magellan liked Sherry so much, in fact, that he spent more money stockpiling the alcoholic beverage than he spent on weapons.
- Gin became extremely popular in the British colonies due to itsuse as an additive in concoctions intended to prevent malaria. Colonists in tropical areas would use gin to mask the bitter flavor of quinine, an anti-malarial drug, by dissolving it in carbonated water—forming tonic water—and then adding a splash of gin.
- The name gin isderived from various languages’ names for the juniper berry.
WINES AND CHAMPAGNE
- A bottle of champagne contains about 49 million bubbles. That’s a lot of bubbles!
- Approximately 600 pieces of grapes are used to make one bottle of wine.
- As late as the mid-17th century, the French wine makers used oil-soaked rags stuffed into the necks of bottles. The corkscrew was invented in 1860.
ORIGIN OF PHRASES
- In ancient Babylon, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the free mead (fermented honey beverage) he could consume a month after the wedding. Because their calendar was moon-based, this period was called the “honey month,” or what we now call the “honeymoon.”
- The term “toast” was derived from the ancient Roman practice of dropping a piece of toast into wine.
- Bet you never thought that the term “minding your P’s and Q’s” is derived from English bartenders telling rowdy customers to “minding your pints and quarts”.