HANGOVER

The weird and the wonderful, scandals, human interest stories… while good drinking and good living go hand in hand, overindulgence sometimes has unforeseen, untoward, or even tragic consequences … Welcome to the dark side of the drinks world.

Following the indications of a vague rumour doing the rounds about a former inhabitant, the new owners of a New York abode have managed to get their hands on a true treasure of urban archaeology: 66 bottles of one-hundred-year-old whisky. It seems likely it was a bootlegger’s “stash” from the US Prohibition era. Every non-oxidized bottle of “Gaelic Old...
A miraculous syrup is alleged to cure and provide immunity against Covid. “Miraculous” as the formula was supposedly revealed to Dhammika Bandara, a carpenter from Sri Lanka, by divine intervention. As a result, hoping to pocket a vial of the holy syrup, a huge crowd amassed in the small town where the good man lives. It is possible that this...
Global warming might sound the death knell for some French vineyards... or it might herald the birth of the next great vintage. Alongside the new prospects climate change might offer in the land of “good wine”, other more northern nations will perhaps have the pleasant surprise of seeing the future grands crus of the next century emerging from their...
We knew of the South-Africans’ genius in a number of cultural and scientific fields, but attending mass with a bottle in you hand and 3 grams already in your bloodstream might perhaps be considered not entirely appropriate from a religious point of view. “Jesus taught us to cast our nets where there are fish”, or even better “It is...

The Dangers of Coffee?

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Ordering his favourite drink at a Californian Starbucks drive-through, a man found himself with large burns on his hands, his stomach... and a part of his anatomy we cannot mention without grimacing in sympathy, given that the said part, below the belt, was nastily scalded. At almost 200° Celsius, a “Starbucks”, like any other drink at that temperature, can...

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It Wasn’t Me!

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In case you missed it, a Starbucks cup was apparently “overlooked” during filming of an episode of the famous series Game of Thrones. All the actors are currently passing the (Star)buck for this blunder, the...

Can a Wine that’s Turned Bad Be Saved?

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The great question of oenological sociology... The answer is already known: no, no, and no again. An individual who thought it was a good idea to keep the bottles of wine given to him...

No More Pastis in India…

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Being in the military, as we know, brings with it certain advantages: among others, having a case of Ricard at a very competitive price used to be one of the “perks” of the armed...

Turning Urine into Alcohol

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We all know about turning water into wine, but urine has never made anything flow other than uric acid. This “biological miracle” concerns a lady of venerable age and a surprising symptom of the...