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WWI-era bottles uncovered in Israel

Hundreds of bottles of WWI-era booze left behind by British troops have been uncovered in Israel. Israeli archaeologists digging near the city of Ramla are used to uncovering flint tools and Palaeolithic remains. But when they began excavating land that is about to be used for a new motorway they made a

Drinkable 200-year-old alcohol found in shipwreck

A 200-year-old bottle recovered from a Baltic Sea shipwreck contains alcohol...that's still drinkable! At the beginning of July, researchers submitted the bottle and its contents for testing to the J.S. Hamilton chemical laboratory in Gdynia, Poland, to see if the vessel contained original "Selters" water, or whether it had been refilled

The ancient drink of the Aztecs

The Washington Post has posted an interesting article about pulque, the ancient drink of the Aztecs. Pulque comes from the heart of the blue maguey, or agave, cactus, which — when punctured at maturity — produces a sweet sap called aguamiel, or honey water. In the Codex Borbonicus from the 1530s,

Ernest Shackleton’s whiskey recreated

Distillers have recreated the whisky Ernest Shackleton took with him on his doomed expedition to reach the South Pole in 1907-1909. Samples of the Shackleton whisky were analysed at Whyte & Mackay's Invergordon distillery. The Glasgow-based company's master blender Richard Paterson then spent eight weeks blending a range of malts to get

World’s oldest champagne uncorked

Champagne recovered from a 200-year-old shipwreck near Finland has been uncorked and sampled for your reading pleasure. An accent of mushrooms merged with sweet notes of honey in a sampling Wednesday of what's been billed as the world's oldest champagne, salvaged from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. An expert

Member of Shackleton’s crew snuck sips of whisky

Remember the story last week about the crate of hundred-year-old whiskey uncovered in the Antarctic ice at Ernest Shackleton's base camp? Apparently one of his crew was sneaking sips! The Mackinlay's whisky crate was frozen solid but the minus 30 degrees Celsius (-22F) temperature was not enough to freeze the liquid.The crate

Agriculture may have begun because of alcohol

Early man may have taken up farming in order to brew alcohol. In a new research, a team of archaeologists has identified traces of alcohol in prehistoric sites, which suggests that the thirst for a brew was an incentive for Neolithic man to start growing crops. According to a report in Spiegel

How the middle classes in the 18th-19th centuries shaped the wine industry

The Economist has posted an interesting article on how the British middle class of the 18th and 19th centuries shaped the wine industry. In the 18th century drinking claret helped the rich to distinguish themselves from England’s port-sodden squirearchy. Port was not only the more traditional drink, but also—because it attracted