The History Of Alcohol

Throughout recorded history there has always been some kind of alcohol, think about this, when you sit down on a Friday night with your vodka and coke or your Pernod and your lemonade, don’t you think that drink exactly how not. born. Below is a history of some of the most popular drinks enjoyed today, such as vodka, gin, pernod, and cachaça.


Pernod

Pernod is an anise wine that has been popular in France for about 200 years as an aperitif and as a spicy cooking ingredient. In Babylonian times, anise seed beverage was known as an elixir with unique qualities for curing a variety of stomach and digestive ailments. It has long been recognized that when you combine wormwood and anise, it contains certain medicinal uses and is known for its effects on mood.


Cachaca

Cachaça is made from raw cane sugar and the main difference is that the lighter rum is usually made from what is known as molasses, (a thick syrup created when the raw sugar is refined and has light brown to dark brown color). -The product boils sugarcane juice to extract as much sugar as possible. It is made from fresh sugarcane juice that is fermented and distilled.


Cachaça is Brazil’s national spirit and the main ingredient in the classic caipirinha cocktail, the history of Cachaça dating back almost five centuries when plantation owners began serving Cachaca to their slaves after found it increased their vitality. Over the next few years, better varieties of cachaça were distilled and soon people started drinking them in colonial Brazil while dining at home. Soon after, this slavery was banned in 1888, when Brazil was declared a modern republic.


Gin

Gin The earliest confirmed date for gin production is the early 17th century in the Netherlands, although there have been claims that it was produced earlier in Italy. In the Netherlands, it is produced as a medicine and sold in pharmacies to treat stomach ailments, gout and gallstones. To make it more palatable, the Dutch began to flavor it with juniper, which has its own medicinal properties.


British troops fighting in the Netherlands during the Thirty Years’ War were awarded ‘Dutch Courage’ during long campaigns in wet weather due to gin’s warming properties. Eventually, they started taking it home, where it was usually sold in pharmacies. Distillation is done on a small scale in England, but it starts on a larger scale, although the quality is often very questionable.

The new drink has become a favorite of the poor. In 1730, London had more than 7,000 shops selling only spirits. The abuse of alcohol by the poor became a major problem, which was resolved by the enactment of the Gin Act at midnight on September 29, 1739, which made gin seriously expensive. The Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole and Dr Samuel Johnson are among those who oppose the law because they argue that it cannot be enforced against the will of the people. They were right.

Riots broke out and the law was broken widely and openly, the Gin Act was finally repealed in 1742 and a new policy was introduced with the help of distillers: reasonably high prices, reasonable excise tax and licensed dealers under the control of a judge. This is essentially the situation that exists today. Since then, many companies have become rich producers, and gin has become a high-quality drink.


Vodka

Vodka is a drink originating from Eastern Europe. The name comes from the Russian word “voda” which means water or, as the Poles say, “woda”. The first recorded vodka production in Russia dates back to the late 9th century, but the first known distillery in Khylnovsk dates to about two hundred years later, as recorded in the Vyatka Chronicles from 1174

Poland claims to have distilled vodka even. earlier in the 8th century, but since it is a distilled spirit, it would be more appropriate to consider it a raw spirit. The first recognizable Polish vodkas appeared in the 11th century when they were called “gorzalka”, originally used as medicine.


In the Middle Ages, distilled alcohol was mainly used for medicinal purposes, in addition to being an ingredient in the manufacture of gunpowder. In the 14th century, a British ambassador to Moscow first described vodka as Russia’s national drink, and by the mid-16th century it was considered the national drink in Poland and Finland.


Because of the primitive production methods, vodka often contains many impurities. To mask them, distillers flavor their spirits with fruits, herbs, or spices. The mid-15th century saw the first appearance of pot distillation in Russia. In the past, seasoning, aging and freezing were all used to remove impurities.

At this time (450), vodka began to be produced in large quantities, and the first recorded export of Russian vodka was to Sweden in 1505. Polish exports of “woda” began a century then, from the major production centers in Posnan and Krakow. .


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In the 18th century, a professor from St.Petersburg discovered a method of filtering alcohol by filtering charcoal. Felt sand and river sand were used for some time in Russia for filtration.


The popularity of vodka continued to spread throughout the 19th century, aided by a presence in many parts of Europe’s drunkenness and by Russian soldiers participating in the Napoleonic Wars. Increasing popularity has led to an increasing demand and to meet this demand, lower quality products have been produced mainly based on distilled mashed potatoes.


After the Russian Revolution, the Bolsheviks confiscated all private distilleries in Moscow. As a result, a number of Russian vodka producers have emigrated, bringing with them their skills and recipes. One of these exiles relaunched his brand in Paris, using the French version of Smirnoff.

From there, after meeting a Russian ŽmigrŽ from the United States, they established their first vodka distillery there in 1934. It was later sold to an American beverage company. From this small beginning, vodka began in the 190s to gain wide popularity in the Western world.


After the Russian Revolution of 1917, a number of Russian refugees brought their skills and love of vodka to many parts of the world.
In the 1930s, one of these exiles immigrated from Russia via France to the United States, bringing with him the recipe of one of Russia’s top vodka brands.


Through a connection with another Russian, the first vodka distillery in the United States was established in the 1930s. Although initially not particularly successful, the business was sold to an entrepreneur who finally made a splash in the 1950s with his vodka cocktail – Moscow Mule. Vodka did not experience a major explosion in popularity in the West until the 1960s and 1970s, when many other brands were launched in the United States and United Kingdom.


The time coincided with the cultural revolution in these countries – the “60s”. With a younger generation more affluent and a lifestyle often more laid-back, with an emphasis on adventure and experimentation, vodka’s diversity has made it immensely popular and growing.


Vodka cocktails are almost as numerous as gin concoctions and are found in the same exclusive circles and stylish bars around the world