The Thinking Drinker's Guide to Alcohol: A Cocktail of Amusing Anecdotes and Opinion on the Art of Imbibing

The Thinking Drinker's Guide to Alcohol: A Cocktail of Amusing Anecdotes and Opinion on the Art of Imbibing

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1454912812

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Inspired by its successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Thinking Drinker's Guide to Alcohol presents a dryly humorous cultural history of liquor for those who long to drink less—but drink better. Written by two of the UK's top drinks journalists, it celebrates alcohol's influence on life, love, literature, and learning. The amusing alternative and intellectual guide spans the ages from Ancient Egypt to the gin-drenched debauchery of eighteenth-century London to absinthe-induced French impressionist art and beyond. Here you will learn how drink has oiled the wheels of civilization and invigorated the minds of history's greatest figures.




















loads of zing and zest), Australia’s new wave of independent winemakers, blessed with a truly eclectic range of varieties and styles, are swapping force for finesse. BEAUJOLAIS Forget those nightmarish Nouveau nights in November and stick to one of the region’s crus, such as Fleurie, Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent or Morgon—fruity reds best served chilled (30 minutes in the fridge). BURGUNDY Tastes of terroir, earthy and erotic, Burgundy appeals to one’s emotions. The best ones really do taste of

to or from battle–as encouraged by Napoleon, a fervent fan of the fancy fizz. “Champagne!” he proclaimed. “In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.” In fact, Lasalle may well have been the forefather of dégorgement. Instead of freezing the sediment, the Hussars simply got rid of the superfluous lees by hacking off the top of the bottle, then drinking it. The modern technique used today by Champagne houses was developed in 1816 by Madame “Veuve” Clicquot, who regularly hosted Hussars

leaded paint prevents iron railings from getting rusty. Drinking a couple of glasses of red wine reduces the levels of low density cholesterols, making gummy platelets less sticky so that they don’t get stuck within the arteries and form blood clots. Wines that are most beneficial in this respect tend to be young wines grown in a hot yet moist climate—like Chilean wines—as these possess the most flavonoids concentrated in grape skins. 07 Avoid the second cheapest bottle on the wine list as, in

vodka into a copper cup, they add some lime and the Moscow Mule is born, becoming an omnipresent bar call and making vodka a star spirit in the USA. 1961 The film Dr No sees James Bond say “yes” to a pretty girl and a vodka Martini. This was a departure from his standard bar order-in the books he drank a Vesper with gin, vodka and Kina Lillet. 1978 The Polish try to sue Russia over ownership of vodka. In retaliation, Russian researcher Vilyam Pokhlebkin becomes a national hero when he (bogusly)

between April and October, with fermentation fueled by naturally-occurring, airborne yeast which, along with oak-aging, gives the beer its distinctive character. Lambic Styles Lambic: Lambic is both the generic term for spontaneous beers from this particular part of Belgium and the name given to the base beer. Gueuze: Normally corked and caged in champagne bottles, gueuze (pronounced goo-zah) is a bottle-conditioned blend of young lambic (aged for between 6 and 12 months) and old (oude) lambic

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