All Alcohol is Gluten Free
If your date boasts about being gluten free, you may just want to get out of there. But if you want to see this thing through, at least do so while schooling them at their own game. If your gluten-free date insists he or she has to order a Vodka Soda to abide by their diet, respectfully explain that all spirits are gluten-free. During distillation, alcohol is separated from everything else in the mash―that’s kind of the point. The vapor travels through the still and condenses into liquid alcohol without any trace of sugar or gluten.
Beer Bottles Are Brown For a Reason
If you have a nice, low-maintenance date, he or she might just order a bottle of beer. Upon hearing this order, you might ask your date, “Have you ever wondered why most beer bottles are brown?” And he or she will probably respond “not really,” but don’t let that deter you from continuing. Beer bottles are mostly brown because the brown tint allows fewer UV rays to pass through the glass. UV rays can cause “skunking” in beer, a chemical process that makes beer taste bad. You might also suggest that he or she order a can instead, as a can allows the fewest amount of UV rays―and oxygen, which also causes skunking―to come in contact with the beer. Your partner will be happy you have such a profound interest in making sure his or her beer is as fresh as can be.
Absinthe Was Illegal to Drink Until Recently
For a long time, absinthe carried with it a bad reputation. In France, the simultaneous rise in absinthe’s popularity and decline in wine production in the mid-1800s led to a lot of anti-absinthe propaganda among those loyal to the wine industry. Rumors of absinthe being a hallucinogen and driving drinkers to madness took over the conversation when vineyard worker Jean Lanfray was put on trial for murdering his wife and children. The basis of his defense? He had been drinking absinthe and was driven mad enough to kill. Thanks to this reputation, absinthe was banned in the United States until 2007 when the drinking public finally acknowledged that the spirit didn’t cause anyone to hallucinate or go mad, and was definitely necessary in the making of an authentic Sazerac.
Gin & Tonics Were the Secret Weapon of the 19th Century British Empire
Winston Churchill famously praised the Gin & Tonic as having “saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds than all the doctors in the Empire.” During Britain’s 19th century occupation of India, malaria spread rampantly among soldiers and was often responsible for wiping out entire battalions. Eventually, a solution was discovered; quinine powder found in the bark of the cinchona tree both treated and prevented malaria, but the powder was extremely bitter and hard to stomach on its own. To make it easier to digest, the British mixed the powder with soda and sugar, creating “tonic,” and threw some gin in there for good measure. Thus the birth of the Gin & Tonic, the secret weapon of the British Indian forces.