5 Myths Surrounding Popular Spirits Busted
There have been tales and myths going around these spirits for the longest time, but very few know the truth about them. We have, therefore, taken up the job of myth busting and put these popular tipples in clear light.
1. Absinthe and the green fairy
Absinthe has long lived under the shadows of misunderstandings. One of the biggest myths being that it is a hallucinogen and under the influence, the drinker sees green colored fairy. Absinthe is made from wormwood, anise and fennel along with few other herbs and botanicals.
The hallucinogen tendencies are related to the adulterated Absinthe which was being supplied to cater to the rising popularity. Non-potable alcohol was flavored with oil extracts and to add to the clouding effect of the spirit chemicals were added which when consumed copiously would give the drinker hallucinations.
2. Vodka is only made from potatoes
While vodka is indeed made from potatoes, it is not the only source for the liquor. Vodka can be distilled with almost anything; it is a clear neutral spirit which is created by converting starch into alcohol. Any natural substance which has enough starch content can be made into vodka, corn and wheat are commonly also used in making vodka.
3. ‘Rhum’ is a French typo
It may seem like a typo or a French spelling for plain old rum, but there is a clear distinction between rum and Rhum. It is the process of rum production; Rhum is made by distilling sugar cane juices whereas rum is made from distilling molasses. Creation of Rhum has been perfected by the French West Indies like the island of Martinique and Haiti. Today other Caribbean islands also use fresh sugar cane juice to produce rum/rhum.
4. Gin is ‘mother’s ruin’
It did not ruin anyone’s mother. Gin became popular in early 18th century as the British government levied taxes on all imported spirits, it was a cheaper alternative. And while beer needed quality grains gin did not and production was simpler. So started the proliferation of gin houses across London, later when taxes were increased for gin, underground sales and bootlegging took off. The concept of ‘mother’s ruin’ came up as an anti-gin propaganda where the authorities wanted to express the ills of drinking gin. The situation only came under control with the passing of the Gin Act 1751 where only licensed retailers were allowed to sell gin.
5. Beer is the cause of beer belly
You cannot blame beer alone for your increasing girth. Scientifically there is no conclusive proof that beer alone causes your belly to increase in size. Uncontrolled alcohol consumption along with an unhealthy lifestyle is more responsible for the broadening of your girth. Mixers like juices and flavored sodas are another cause for the increase in the intake of calories. Check our calorie chart to know how many calories you are consuming.