For years we have been threatening to record an episode about nog. After years of shooting it down, we have finally decided to give it a go. As it turns out nog had a rich and frothy backstory. So join us to learn everything from George Washington’s personal eggnog recipe to the traditional way a wooden nogging is carved.
Mentioned in this episode:
Early English Meals and Manners by Frederick James Furnivall
Sake or sometimes known as rice wine is an ancient and reviled beverage in several Asian cultures. Although more akin to beer in the brewing process, when it comes to flavor it is closer to wine. It can be drank at a variety of temperatures, as well as in cocktails. Through researching and recording this episode Chris and Joe realized that Sake is wholly its own unique alcohol.
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.
A Brief History of Bitters
Bitters: the Revival of a Forgotten Flavor
10 Things You Need To Know About Bitters
Cask Strength: Peychaud’s, Angostura, Regan’s No. 5 and Why bitters matter, and recipes on how to make bitters.
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:
The Legend of Ice Wine
A blustery start to icewine harvest
Eiswein in Germany
Icewine Festival heading to the Falls
Types of Dessert Wine Guide
Niagara Icewine Festival
What the heck is ice wine, anyway?
Slovakia finish harvesting frozen grapes to make icewine
The Cistercians of the Strict Observance are a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, also known as “Trappists” or “Trappistines”. These monks and nuns follow the rule of St. Benedict. The Trappists live under the ideals of pray and work with the work paying for repairs and maintaining the Abby. The day is split into equal eight hour parts of prayer, work and sleep. The Trappist also give much of their money to charity. This work is done in observance of God and is considered a type of prayer on its own. Generally speaking while working is looked down upon giving birth to the myth that Trappists take a vow of science. In this episode we sample Trappist cheeses and beers from around the world.
We want to thank Joel Murphy from Hobo Trashcan and Patrick Storck from Experts of nothing for joining us during this episode.
Joel Murphy: Hobo Trashcan
Patrick Storck: Expert of Nothing
Thinder Grunt Podcast Network
Mentioned in this episode:
Episode 55: The Best Beer in the World
ZUNDERT TRAPPIST ALE
Belgian Beer Styles
The International Trappist Association
Westvleteren 12 vs. St Bernardus Abt 12
The 10 Authentic Trappist Monk Beers
Ascetic Trappists Seem a Remnant of Medieval Times
Absinthe make the mind wander. Some call it the Green Fairy. Some call it a Devil in a Bottle. We call it very refreshing.
Today for the end of the Halloween season we dive into the green world of Absinthe. The ban has been lifted on absinthe after a century and we couldn’t be happier. We try several cocktails including the Sazerac, a Corpse Reviver #2 and a Slow Death in the Afternoon. Of course we also try it straight and the traditional drip method. We gave the Bohemian method a try by lighting it on fire to not the greatest effect.
We want to thank our friend Mike for corrupting this episode with us! Check out his blog Dust & Corruption here.
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Mentioned in this Episode:
The Wormwood Society Absinthe Association
Liquorice, Anise, Star-Anise and Fennel
6 ways to drink absinthe
Old Absinthe House, New Orleans, LA
The history of absinthe
Absinthe’s Mind-Altering Mystery Solved
Drinking Absinthe And Avoiding Death
If I drink absinthe will I cut my ear off?
How the Green Fairy became literature’s drink
Absinthe is legal in the USA!
Yes, Real Absinthe Is Legal In The US
Why Was Absinthe Banned For 100 Years?
Green Fairy Flask
A Taste for Absinthe: 65 Recipes
Absinthe Wrapped Sugar Cubes
Absinthe: History in a Bottle
Absinthe Robette Poster Art Print
Absinthe Flavored Candies
Absinthe Set Fountain 2 Taps 2 Pontarlier II Glasses and 2 Absinthe Feuille Spoons
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.
The Burns Supper is a celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Celebrated on or about the Bard’s birthday, January 25th, they range from formal gatherings of scholars to uproariously informal parties of drunkards and louts. Join us at our Burns Supper as we try to adhere, more or less, to a time honored celebration which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by the ploughman’s poet.