You must have heard this quote quite often, “You look like you need a drink.”
Have you ever wondered where it came from? Well, people associate alcohol with a lot of things like stress, anxiety, and some of the medicinal properties too. But have you wondered from where do these “believed to be” facts come from? Talking about alcohol itself, it is something that dates way more back than you can think of. We have told you about alcoholic beverages before but today we are going to tell you from where exactly alcohol was born and about the origination of your favourite alcoholic beverages like whiskey, rum, and vodka. So, stay tuned because this is time for your knowledgeable buzz!
Alcohol: A Tale Unheard
When we say alcohol, what’s the first thing that comes into your mind? The hangover or the wild
memories? Well, whatever the case may be, it is believed that people love their alcohol and sometimes more than anything. Talking about this beloved entity, Alcohol was actually founded in 7000 BC in China with the initiation of the Jiahu culture. According to some researchers, alcohol was previously used for only ritual purposes. Fermented drinks were quite as popular as they are today in ancient times too.
You must have noticed that many of the whiskeys from different places and time period tastes different.
When the cold breezes hit the window’s side shield and the warmth of burning woods inside is on its peak, there’s nothing more relaxing than a glass of whiskey and your frisky thoughts. Made from the fermented mash of different cereals, this drink is something that many people love all around the world. You must have noticed that many of the whiskeys from different places and time period tastes different. This is because of the distinctive character of cereals, water, and production methods in each country. Scotch, Irish, and Canadian whiskeys are some of the better know whiskeys all around the world. Usually stored in oak tree containers, the older the whiskey is in contact with the tree, the smoother it is. Literally meaning ‘water of life, whiskey is born as a beer. The main ingredient used in beer, wort, is also used in whiskeys.
As a matter of fact, 1 Litre of Vodka is lighter than 1L of water.
Popularly known as the National alcoholic drink of Russia, Vodka was indeed discovered in Russia. This not only justifies the love of Russian for this beverage but also raises the question that how did it happen? Well, in Russia Vodka was derived from the word ‘Voda’ which means water. As a matter of fact, 1 Litre of Vodka is lighter than 1L of water. Made from corn, rye, wheat, rice, and even fruit molasses, Vodka is the clearest distillate in the alcohol world. These grains are fermented and further processed with water and sometimes other flavourings which makes them quite tasty. It traces back to as early as 1405 in the Polish manuscripts where it is still loved as it was before. One area where nothing can defeat this drink is cocktails, vodka in cocktails is the best and refreshes you like nothing else.
If we consider alcohol as a whole, then everything with alcohol inside will make you warm.
Referred to as the Golden Liquid by many, Rum is the winter’s best friend. Often there is a misconception that rum is only a winter’s drink, but it has not been confirmed by anyone that rum makes you hotter than any other alcoholic beverage. If we consider alcohol as a whole, then everything with alcohol inside will make you warm. It dates all the way back to 1605 and is mentioned in the manuscripts of Barbados. Most of the rum produced to date is from the Caribbeans and southern America. Earlier rum was also used in cooking and burning fossil fuels. It is preferable that you consume your rum without any ice or water; just neat. Just like whiskey, rum is also stored in oak barrels and made to be in contact with wood. It is made mainly from sugarcane or its molasses.
It was made by the European alchemists and the monk who believed that Gin is a natural healer.
Originated in the holy trials of Holland in the 11th century, Gin was actually meant to be used for medicinal purposes. It was made by the European alchemists and the monk who believed that Gin is a natural healer. Although Gin is associated majorly with the United Kingdom, unfortunately, it is not from there. To date, various herbs and medicinal spices are used in the manufacturing of this beverage and some people still think that it has medicinal properties. Most popularly, it is consumed with tonic water, bringing the dynamic duo of Gin and tonic. This combination surprisingly took birth in India. The juniper berry that Gin is associated with is not a berry at all, it just seems like one.