We have recorded episodes about several alcohols and their mixers but have, until this moment, largely ignored a cocktail staple, bitters. Bitter herbs have been used medicinally for centuries but have had a bit of a roller coaster ride in the last 200 years. They became extremely popular during the 1800’s with the advent of cocktail parties, to virtually disappearing with America’s prohibition period. Although a few have stood steadfast in that time many new bitter making companies are popping up. Sometimes what you need is that old-timey flavor in today’s day and age. So don’t be bitter, just try some in your next cocktail.
Cask Strength: Peychaud’s, Angostura, Regan’s No. 5 and Why bitters matter, and recipes on how to make bitters.
Cheese is one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Whether it be mass produced or artisan, sharp or mild, fresh or cave ripened, there is a cheese for you. So join us for this very gooey, possibly moldy, and most likely pungent cheese filled episode.
What is rennet?
The story of fondue
MAKING RENNET FROM FIG SAP?
Scientists Explain Why Nobody Puts Cheddar on Pizza
Say ‘Prunes’, Not ‘Cheese’: The History of Smiling in Photographs
Icewine or in Germany Eiswein is a specialty desert wine of extraordinary character. It is categorized as a desert wine because of its sweet taste. Icewine needs to be made late past the harvest season when the grapes freeze on the vine. Typically the grapes are harvested in subzero temperatures in the early morning hours. The grapes also need to be pressed while frozen to ensure only the sweetest nectar of the berries are used. We talk about icewine and taste a little of this amazing treat on today’s Curioso.
Mentioned in this Episode:
Drink Your Dessert
Types of Dessert Wine Guide
What the heck is ice wine, anyway?
Eiswein in Germany
The Legend of Ice Wine
Questions about Icewine
German Eiswein – A Highly Esteemed Specialty
Slovakia finish harvesting frozen grapes to make icewine
Mead is quite possibly one of the oldest alcoholic drinks known to man. Such a unique beverage with its yellow color of sunshine; the smell of flowers; and the sweet, bright taste. Honey being the only sweetener humans used for centuries it’s obvious we would find a way to make it alcoholic. Of course it’s very likely mead was made naturally in a stump beehive. This is the way I like to think of it happening, with Wojtek the solider bear coming along and getting a bit tipsy drinking the Nectar of the Gods.