While choosing the perfect cocktail for your dinner date, did you ever think about the history of those alcoholic beverages, like where they came from or in which part of the world they are produced. Did you know that some alcohol beverages can only be produced in the certain regions of the world and that there are strict laws which do not allow the production of those drinks outside the defined area? Yes, that’s true. Surprised? Here are some more facts related to your favourite alcoholic beverages that will blow your mind:

While making white wine from red grapes, only the juice is fermented without the grape’s skin.

Brandy is produced all over the world, but only the one which is made in the Cognac region of France can be called Cognac.

Many researchers claim evidence of earliest wine production is from c. 6000 B.C. On the other hand, the invention of wheel is said to have taken place around c. 3500 B.C.

About 4000 years ago, who would have thought this perfume purifier will become one of the most loved alcohol beverages in people’s home bar!

According to a Mexican law, tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and some limited municipalities in Mexico.

This limited edition (only 30 bottles!) beer, Antarctic Nail Ale, was brewed from a chunk of melted antarctic ice and is considered one of the world’s most expensive beer.

According to a study done by Austin psychologist Charles Holahan, people who drank alcohol had a lower mortality rate than those who did not drink at all.

Alcoholic drinks dilates people’s blood vessels which increases the volume of blood being brought to the skin’s surface, thereby making them feel warm, which in turn, decreases their core body temperature.

Older wine doesn’t always mean better wine! The aging of wine depends on several factors and if it doesn’t get the type of environment it wants, wine might even taste bad after a certain period of time.

The brownish hue is all because of the charred oak barrels in which the clear version of whiskey is cask-aged.

According to some research, the alcohol readings can get up to 25% higher in a person when he or she opts for a low-calorie mixer in cocktails.

According to the US federal government data, in 1790, an average American consumed 129 litres of beer, 19 litres of whiskey and 4 litres of wine a year. 

Well, who could have thought that! 

Before that, beer was considered a soft drink in Russia. A light refresher, one can say.

Alcohol in its natural form!

However, it is considered a criminal offence if a person under 18 is found drinking or buying alcohol outside ‘private premises’.

They were widely used due to their low cost and relatively low hazard posed by the liquid in case of breakage. 

Mouthwashes contain almost twice the amount of alcohol that is present in wine, one study suggests.

Just like whiskey was initially invented to purify perfumes and aromatics, Mountain Dew was invented to serve a different role.

There is a French law which says that any champagne produced outside the Champagne region cannot be considered ‘true champagne‘.

Now go on and surprise your friends with your ‘alcohol knowledge’!

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