Posts Tagged ‘Alcohol

29
Jul
09

Why do we clinck glasses before drinking?

Why do we Clink glasses before drinking?

As usual, this being an old practice has many many theories as to why Clinking originated

  • early Europeans believed that the sound of clashing tankards would scare away evil spirits.
  • A more recent notion suggests an appreciation among revelers for all five senses: sight, taste, smell, and, with the clinking, sound and touch.

But the most provocative theory of all — and one that’s much-debated — is attached to an ancient fear that an enemy might try to poison a drink. To prove that a drink was safe, a host would pour some of his guest’s wine into his own drinking vessel and drink it first. This evolved into crashing tankards together so that a little of each drink spilled into the other. Eventually, guests and hosts demonstrated their friendship (and their trust) by touching glasses.

Next question: Why do we say Cheers?

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09
Jul
09

How did cocktails originate?

When was the first cocktail made? Why a cocktail is called a cocktail? Well, there are quite a few plausible theories as to its origin according to Wikipedia. Here are a few of them:

  • Barrel taps are known as cocks and the term tails usually referred to the dregs of distillate left at the end of a run in a distillery or at the bottom of a cask. Colonial taverns kept their in casks, and as the liquid in the casks lowered the tavern keeper would combine the tails into an additional cask kept for that purpose, to be sold at a reduced price. The patrons would request the “cock tailings” or the tailings from the stop cock of the cask.
  • Fighting cocks were given a mixture of spirits by their trainers before a fight. This mixture was known as a cocks-ale.
  • In Campeche, Mexico, local bartenders used wooden spoons carved from a native root known as cola de-gallo (cock’s tail) to stir the local spirits and punches before serving.
  • Cocktails were originally a morning beverage, and the cocktail was the name given as metaphor for the rooster (cocktail) heralding morning light of day. This was first posited in 2004 by Ted Haigh in “Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails”.
  • A cock’s tail has feathers in many varied colours as a cocktail has varied alcoholic drinks mixed together.
  • Some say that it was customary to put a feather, presumably from a cock’s tail, in the drink to serve both as decoration and to signal to teetotalers that the drink contained alcohol.
27
Jun
09

How does alcohol result in a belly?

People say a paunch is a direct result of consuming alcohol, hence the infamous “beer belly”. But my question here is, if I do enough exercise to compensate for the calories in the alcohol, will I be fit and fine… Lets find out.

After a lot of research, I stumbled upon this article

The article suggests that drinking would have far more effects than the ones that can be thought of

  • It reduces the number of fat calories you burn (i’ll tell you how)

According to conventional wisdom, the infamous “beer belly” is caused by excess alcohol calories being stored as fat. Yet, less than five percent of the alcohol calories you drink are turned into fat. Rather, the main effect of alcohol is to reduce the amount of fat your body burns for energy.

Rather than getting stored as fat, the main fate of alcohol is conversion into a substance called acetate. In fact, blood levels of acetate after drinking the vodka were 2.5 times higher than normal. And it appears this sharp rise in acetate puts the brakes on fat loss.

  • It increases your appetite and lower your testosterone for upto 24 hours

So all the greasy starters that you have with alcohol, they do not get burnt in metabolic activities and hence start accumalating. This is because alcohol acts as an appetizer.

So now you know who exactly is the culprit.

03
Jun
09

How many calories in a bottle of beer?

Heard of the term Beer Belly?

Was curious to know how much does beer really contribute to the belly.

Was looking at the number of calories in a bottle of beer. A fosters 12oz has abt 150 calories and budweiser is about 140ish. 12oz is about a pint (330 ml).

Was looking at the kind of diet I should have… (24 years, 5’6″, 62kgs)… I need to take in about 22oo calories to maintain myself in this state. Which means a couple of beer pints each day does not really hurt.

The question that strikes me next is whether all the fat/carbohydrate is digestible? Which means fat/carbos from Milk are equivalent to that from beer and are treated in the same manner. Will find that out in the next few posts.




So what’s this blog about?

Another attempt? Well yes. Attempting to figure out another sustainable model (there are some other attempts going on parallel-ly). Well, we have a lot of questions in mind. we read up stuff, we do some research to find answers to these questions. This is an attempt to publish that little 15-20 minute research.
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