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Distilled Identity
Gabriel recently bought a distillery in Barbados, where he says the majority of his team is of African descent. “The sugar industry is a painful past for them, but my understanding, from my team, is that they do see it as the past,” Gabriel explained. “There was great suffering, but their take is like, ‘We built this island.’ They are reclaiming it, and we are seeing that in efforts to preserve farming land and not let it all go to tourism.”

I rather liked this narrative, or at least the potential of it. Slavery was appalling across the board, but countries and cultures throughout the African Diaspora have managed their paths forward in ways that don’t mimic the American aftermath. A plurality of narratives was possible here, which was thrilling to me. I am often disappointed by the mainstream perception of one-note blackness. One could easily argue the root of colonization is far from removed in the Caribbean. But if I understood Gabriel, and if he accurately captured the sentiments of his Barbadian colleagues, plantation sugarcane offered career opportunities to some, and was perhaps not solely a distressing connection to a shared global history. We chewed on this thought, together, in silence.
history  distilling  rum  barbados  african-diaspora  slavery  american-history  booze  language  etymology 
4 weeks ago by jm
Letters and Liquor
These are lovely! (via Ben)
Letters and Liquor illustrates the history of lettering associated with cocktails. From the 1690s to the 1990s, I’ve selected 52 of the most important drinks in the cocktail canon and rendered their names in period-inspired design. I post a new drink each week with history, photos and recipes. Don’t want to miss a single cocktail? Click here for email updates.
cocktails  text  letters  typography  graphics  history  booze 
11 weeks ago by jm
World's top 100 cocktails of 2016
per Difford's Guide -- Amaretto Sour, Margarita, Bramble, Espresso Martini, Old-Fashioned, Negroni, White Lady and Manhattan up there.
cocktails  diffords  2016  review  booze  drinks 
january 2017 by jm
On The Negroni
meditations on this classic cocktail (with solid recipes)
negroni  cocktails  recipes  booze 
july 2016 by jm
The Old Fashioned
excellent recipe for this classic cocktail
cocktails  recipes  old-fashioned  booze 
july 2016 by jm
Amaro 101: An Introduction to Italian Amari
some nice-sounding cocktail recipes for these tasty bitters
cocktails  bitters  amari  amaro  booze  recipes 
march 2016 by jm
The science behind "don't drink when pregnant" is rubbish
As the economist Emily Oster pointed out in her 2013 book Expecting Better, there is also no “proven safe” level of Tylenol or caffeine, and yet both are fine in moderation during pregnancy. Oster pored through reams of research on alcohol and pregnancy for her book and concluded that there is simply no scientific evidence that light drinking during pregnancy impacts a baby’s health. (In one frequently cited 2001 study that suggested light drinking in pregnancy increases the chances of a child displaying aggressive behaviors, the drinkers were also significantly likelier to have taken cocaine during pregnancy.)


My wife also followed the paper trail on this issue in the past. In the papers from which these recommendations were derived, the level of drinking at which any effects were observed in babies was when women consumed at least *9 units every day* for the entire pregnancy. That's an entire bottle of wine, daily!
booze  alcohol  science  facts  papers  medicine  emily-oster  babies  pregnancy  pre-pregnant  research 
february 2016 by jm
Hangovers aren't caused by dehydration, low blood sugar, or acetaldehyde / Boing Boing
The [now-]leading theory implicates a specific gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and a complementary brain receptor, "that responds to low concentrations of ethanol, as produced by one glass of wine, in the brain."
hangovers  booze  brain  biology  biochemistry  gaba  ethanol  alcohol 
january 2016 by jm
Amaro: A Bittersweet Obsession - Food & Wine
"A Neapolitan-American friend of mine, who's in his mid-fifties, fondly remembers how his mother used to serve him an espresso with Fernet Branca and an egg yolk every morning before he went off to elementary school."
amari  amaro  bitters  digestifs  booze  cocktails  recipes 
october 2015 by jm
Top 20 Bourbons Around $30 | The Bourbon Review
Need to keep an eye out for a few of these -- will probably be a little more than $30 given the whole import/export carry-on of course
bourbon  whiskey  booze 
december 2014 by jm
Endless Poptails
cocktails in an ice-pop. yum! The Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour and the Bourbon Butterscotch Latte pops in particular look fantastic. (via Damien Mulley)
via:mulley  booze  recipes  food  whiskey  cocktails  ice-pops  poptails  yum 
february 2014 by jm

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