This Ancient Brew Has Retro Appeal in South Korea

Makgeolli, a rice wine made by Korean farmers for centuries, has become a cosmopolitan sensation over the past decade. The buzz grew during Covid lockdowns.

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The Charmed Life of Bruce Bozzi

He’s best friends with Andy Cohen and Sarah Jessica Parker, is married to super agent Bryan Lourd, and fancies himself a liquor mogul.

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A Wet January, Thanks to Covid

Not drinking for a month sounded easy enough. But for some, Omicron changed those plans.

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If You Made New Year’s Resolutions?Don’t Give Up Yet!

Almost everyone fails at making changes, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

#alcoholic-beverages, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #internal-sub-only-nl, #new-year, #psychology-and-psychologists, #walking, #weight

Ireland Puts Minimum Price on Alcohol to Curb Binge Drinking

The new rule, part of broader legislation aimed at stemming alcohol-related illnesses, sets a minimum price of one euro per standard drink and came into effect on Tuesday.

#alcohol-abuse, #alcoholic-beverages, #ireland, #politics-and-government

Considering a Dry January? How to Embrace Mindful Drinking

A growing moderation movement harnesses strategies from meditation to cut back on alcohol.

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Bubbly New Year’s Cocktails to Ring In 2022

These three drinks offer something bubbly beyond the traditional bubbly, and are best paired with something salty (like potato chips).

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How Exercise May Impact Our Alcohol Consumption

People who are aerobically fit and work out a lot tend to imbibe more than their less fit peers.

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After-Dinner Drinks You’ll Want to Linger Over

These nightcaps, whether cocktail or single beverage, are just the thing for when the meal is over, but the party is not.

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An Encyclopedic New Guide to Cocktails Stirred, Shaken, Rolled, Tossed, Swizzled, Muddled…

“The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails,” edited by David Wondrich with Noah Rothbaum, is an authoritative work, nearly a decade in the making.

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If You Sell ‘Oaxaca in a Bottle,’ What Happens to Oaxaca?

Mezcal is soaring in popularity far from the agave fields in Mexico.

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Dining Sheds Saved N.Y.C. Could They Destroy It?

The Lower East Side has turned into an all-night fraternity party, locals say, and small businesses are asking for help.

#alcoholic-beverages, #bars-and-nightclubs, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #rats, #restaurants

900 Pages of Drinking Wisdom, a Decade in the Making

The cocktail experts David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum have completed “The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails.”

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Selling Nonalcoholic Drinks for Sober October

“There’s a whole thing of just having something in your hand when you’re in a social setting.” The owner of a nonalcoholic beverage shop on ditching booze.

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How Alcohol Can Affect Your Heart Rate

Drinking can elevate your pulse, which isn’t a concern for most healthy adults, though those with heart rhythm problems should use caution.

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How Alcohol Can Cause Atrial Fibrillation and Other Heart Issues

A new study has found that even moderate drinking can increase the risk of A-fib, a heart rhythm abnormality that afflicts some 3 million Americans.

#alcoholic-beverages, #annals-of-internal-medicine, #heart, #research

Recreating a medieval mead calls for a giant cauldron to caramelize honey

Screenshot of honey caramelizing in pot

Enlarge / A medieval form of mead called “bochet” calls for caramelizing raw honey in a cauldron over an open flame. (credit: Screenshot/Gemma Tarlach/Gastro Obscura)

Ah, mead, that sweet, honeyed alcoholic beverage that has been a staple at Renaissance Fairs for decades (along with giant turkey legs). It’s also increasingly popular among home craft brewers since it’s relatively easy to make. Those in search of a unique challenge, however, are turning to a special kind of medieval mead called bochet. The only known detailed recipe for bochet dates back to the late 14th century and was lost for centuries, until it was rediscovered around 2009.

Fermentation in general has been around for millennia, and mead (“fermented honey drink”) in particular was brewed throughout ancient Europe, Africa, and Asia. Perhaps the earliest known reference to such a beverage (soma) is found in a sacred Vedic book called the Rigveda, circa 1700-1100 BCE. Mead was the drink of choice in ancient Greece; Danish warriors in the Old English epic poem Beowulf cavort in King Hrothgar’s mead hall; the Welsh bard Taliesin (circa 550 CE) is credited with composing a “Song of Mead”; and mead features heavily in Norse mythology.

There are many different varieties of mead from all over the world. But bochet is a special variety because it calls for caramelized honey; additional spices are optional. This makes it attractive to craft brewers looking for something a little bit different—brewers like Gemma Tarlach, who recently detailed her experiments making bochet in a fascinating article for Atlas Obscura.

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#alcoholic-beverages, #chemistry, #fermentation, #gaming-culture, #history, #honey, #mead, #medieval-history, #science

The Taste of Summer, Now in Canned Form

A new wave of independent beverage brands, some promising health benefits and others a good old-fashioned buzz, are remaking the way we unwind.

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Alcohol Abuse Is on the Rise. Here’s Why Doctors Fail to Treat It.

People with alcohol use disorder are often seen in clinics and hospitals, but medical professionals too often ignore the condition.

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Happy? Sad? Stressed? How Drinking Became the Answer to Everything

Alcohol has become so normalized there’s hardly a situation when a drink doesn’t feel appropriate, experts say. Now we’re marketing it to one another.

#alcohol-abuse, #alcoholic-beverages, #anxiety-and-stress, #women-and-girls

Judge John Hodgman on the Gendering of Sipping Straws

A mother-in-law takes a jab at her son-in-law’s drinking preferences.

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To-Go Drinks in New York: An Ode

To-go cups of beer, wine and liquor were one of the few upsides of New York’s state of emergency.

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The Abrupt Halt of To-Go Cocktails Leaves New York Restaurants Reeling

Owners, who relied on the drinks to stay afloat during the pandemic, are unloading cocktails and wondering what to do with all the packaging equipment that is now useless as an alcohol sales loophole is closed.

#alcoholic-beverages, #bars-and-nightclubs, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #restaurants

The Best Cocktail Is the One You Know by Heart

Committing just a few key ratios to memory can make at-home mixology a breeze.

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N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race: Could the Top 3 Change Places?

Eric Adams is leading the race, but the standings could change as ranked-choice votes are tabulated — though a turnaround would be tough.

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N.Y. State of Emergency Ends Thursday. Booze to Go to End With It.

With most restrictions already relaxed and fewer new coronavirus cases being detected in the state, “the emergency is over,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday.

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George Stranahan, Benefactor of Physicists and Bar Flies, Dies at 89

A venturesome millionaire, he forged an only-in-America career in fields ranging from craft beer to free speech activism to scientific research.

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A History of Getting Hammered, and Why Some of Us Should Keep Doing It

In “Drunk,” Edward Slingerland plays devil’s advocate for the pleasure and utility of Dionysian abandon.

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‘It’s Going to Be a Big Summer for Hard Seltzer’

Sales exploded to $4 billion last year, from about $500 million in 2018. Dozens of brands will compete to be the boozy, bubbly drink of the season.

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2 Airlines Will Postpone Serving Alcohol Amid Surge of In-Flight Violence

American and Southwest announced the policies after the latest assault was captured on a widely watched video that showed a woman punching a flight attendant in the face.

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Do You Like Piña Coladas? Meet the Hard Seltzer Smoothie.

Breweries and beverage companies have invented several new genres of summer drinks, both nonalcoholic and spiked, to keep up with changing tastes.

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The Pandemic’s To-Go Drinks Are Here to Stay

Many states relaxed restrictions on the sale of mixed drinks in order to help struggling businesses. Some of those changes are now being made permanent.

#alcoholic-beverages, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #law-and-legislation, #liquor, #restaurants, #state-legislatures

Is This the Oldest Bottle of American Whiskey? Is It Worth $40,000?

It was bottled after the Civil War, but tests show it was likely made in the late 18th century, offering a glimpse into early American distilling.

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Can You Have Alcohol After the Covid Vaccine?

Moderate drinking is unlikely to impair the immune response to the Covid vaccine, but heavy drinking might.

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How Bad Is Our Pandemic Drinking Problem?

The past year has changed alcohol use patterns, especially among women. The impacts probably won’t be fully known for years.

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Tools to Help Teens Talk About Sexual Assault and Harassment

A sex ed teacher talks about how young people can try to keep themselves safe from sexual assault and be allies to others.

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The Traveling Work Diary of a Master Distiller

Marianne Eaves has traded the distillery life for travels with her partner’s circus, connecting to clients in the spirits business from all over the globe.

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A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Esophageal Cancer

A drug that unleashes the immune system offers a rare glimmer of hope for those with a cancer that resists most treatments.

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How to Pretend You’re in New Orleans Tonight

The Crescent City is the kind of place you daydream about long after you’re gone. Here are a few ways to be there in spirit.

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Shake Up Your Evening Cocktail With Some Honey

This sometimes overlooked pantry staple has been in the mixologist’s arsenal for generations.

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Sours That Walk the Line

The drink has countless variations, but a simple spirit-citrus-sweetener formula is at the heart of all of them.

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Why the Coronavirus Pandemic Is a Personal Health Wake-Up Call

Too many Americans fail to take measures to combat obesity, the second leading risk factor for death from Covid-19.

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Drinking Alcohol and Cancer: Should Your Cocktail Carry a Cancer Warning?

As pandemic disruptions lead many of us to drink more, experts underscore the link between alcohol and disease.

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Make Vermouth the Star

Dust off your bottle. It’s a complete pour all its own.

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America’s First Moonshine, Applejack, Returns in Sleeker Style

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to Vermont, new distillers are reviving a drink that vanished during Prohibition, giving it the age and polish of a fine brandy.

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One Martini, Ice Cold, With a Blanket and a Scarf

Drinking outdoors in the winter, thanks to Covid, can be painful, but bar owners are trying to make it feel like fun — or at least less frigid.

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A New Orleans Mardi Gras With a Different Sort of Mask

The bar scene so central to the city’s economy and allure is about to become the stage for an unusually muted and bittersweet celebration.

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What on Earth is a Booze Fairy?

Neighbors have been donning wings and tutus to deliver adult beverages and other goodies.

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U.S. Diet Guidelines Sidestep Scientific Advice to Cut Sugar and Alcohol

The government’s new nutritional recommendations arrive amid a pandemic that has taken a huge toll on American health.

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Ring Out 2020 With Shots You’ll Actually Enjoy

These complex and composed shots thrive in the moment and are sure to brighten your evening.

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