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(Short List)   Around the world in 80 drinks. Because nothing introduces you to a foreign culture quite like booze   (shortlist.com) divider line 32
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2013-11-27 05:13:56 PM  
Made me think of Three Sheets with Zane Lamprey...I miss that show. Was always fun to learn about new drinks to get me drunk. Educational AND reasonably entertaining.
 
2013-11-27 05:14:20 PM  
Are they really using a maitai for China, do they realize that was invented in California?

/it says Maotai, I think that is some derivative of the Maitai.
//how about baijou?
 
2013-11-27 05:26:33 PM  
Be on the lookout for Zane Lamprey's new series "Chug"...........drinking and riding trains around the world.
 
2013-11-27 05:27:32 PM  
*clicks link, better have Becherovka for the Czech Republic* and it does, so it's a valid list.
 
2013-11-27 05:32:55 PM  
are they renewing "No Reservations"?
 
2013-11-27 05:53:16 PM  

Tanukis_Parachute: Made me think of Three Sheets with Zane Lamprey...I miss that show. Was always fun to learn about new drinks to get me drunk. Educational AND reasonably entertaining.


Yeah, that was a great show...

CSB

A month or so ago a friend and I got to meet and greet with Lamprey and Steve McKenna at El Cid in LA. A fun drunken night was had by all. Unfortunately, circumstances led to me not having a phone, and my friend's phone being dead, so no pictures :(

End CSB
 
2013-11-27 06:01:30 PM  
coca cola and tea do not have booze.
 
2013-11-27 06:05:11 PM  

NateAsbestos: Tanukis_Parachute: Made me think of Three Sheets with Zane Lamprey...I miss that show. Was always fun to learn about new drinks to get me drunk. Educational AND reasonably entertaining.

Yeah, that was a great show...

CSB

A month or so ago a friend and I got to meet and greet with Lamprey and Steve McKenna at El Cid in LA. A fun drunken night was had by all. Unfortunately, circumstances led to me not having a phone, and my friend's phone being dead, so no pictures :(

End CSB


a scan of your liver before and after would be proof enough.
 
2013-11-27 06:47:00 PM  
Dark & Stormy for Bermuda!
 
2013-11-27 07:13:02 PM  

EvilEgg: Are they really using a maitai for China, do they realize that was invented in California?

/it says Maotai, I think that is some derivative of the Maitai.
//how about baijou?


Maotai is the biggest brand of Bijou.
 
2013-11-27 08:09:04 PM  
lol, just had me a pisco sour the other day.
 
2013-11-27 08:14:31 PM  

EvilEgg: Are they really using a maitai for China, do they realize that was invented in California?

/it says Maotai, I think that is some derivative of the Maitai.
//how about baijou?


Ju.  In modern, simplified, Pinyin whatever, most things that'll give you a buzz or make you crawl, end with "ju".  Which you can find in both Japanese and Korean drink names as well.  My wife is Chinese but she's not conversant in the speak of drink, so I just wing it.
 
2013-11-27 09:56:35 PM  

SansNeural: EvilEgg: Are they really using a maitai for China, do they realize that was invented in California?

/it says Maotai, I think that is some derivative of the Maitai.
//how about baijou?

Ju.  In modern, simplified, Pinyin whatever, most things that'll give you a buzz or make you crawl, end with "ju".  Which you can find in both Japanese and Korean drink names as well.  My wife is Chinese but she's not conversant in the speak of drink, so I just wing it.


Technically it should be bai jiu if we're using pinyin.

And saying Maotai for China is like saying Macallan for Scotland.  It's a brand, not a type.  Scotland gets single malt whiskey, China should get bai jiu.

Which, to be honest, I also kind of have a problem with because most Chinese bai jiu is basically paint thinner.  China has better alcohols like huadiao which would be more representative.

/CSB time: When we went to London on a college trip with some of my classmates, we hit up Chinatown.  A couple of my classmates saw Maotai on the menu and thought it was Maitai.  They ordered it, only to find two shotglasses filled with clear liquid.  I think to this day they still won't drink Maitais anymore.
 
2013-11-27 10:13:12 PM  

starlost: coca cola and tea do not have booze.


You're doing it wrong.
 
2013-11-27 10:43:16 PM  
So why does Hawaii have its own entry, and what the hell is a "Hawaiian Sea Breeze".
Or do they mean a "Blue Hawaii"
 
2013-11-27 10:45:52 PM  
The picture of Scotland's drink is single malt Scotch--over ice? Blasphemy. Besides, the Scots need it to stay warm. Put it over ice and you'll get some serious stink-eye from the pub patrons.
 
2013-11-27 10:52:52 PM  
Looked it up, a vodka cran with grapefruit. Trust me, I've drank in many a tiki bar, never saw it. Mai Tai, blue hawaii, always.
The hardcore locals drink okolehao. It is, surprisingly, not named after where you'll be and what you'll be saying after a few.
Otherwise, beer. Show up to a party run by locals in Hawaii and go looking for the cocktails...you won't get far.
 
2013-11-27 11:49:14 PM  
They spelled Caesar wrong. I can't take an article seriously if they don't bother to spellcheck.
 
2013-11-28 12:04:01 AM  
I like Bloody Caesars. I had forgotten that they were invented in Canada. My taste in mixed drinks is somewhat Preppy but I am not a big drinker and I have to order the drinks I can remember by name. Bloody Mary, Long Island Iced Tea, G&T, etc., are it.

Mott's Clamato. A cowboy's best friend. Well, second best friend.

The only other Canadian mixed drink I can think of is the Caribou, which is made with red wine, whiskey or some other hard liquour such as brandy, and maple syrup or sugar. It's basically a wine punch, simpler than Planter's Punch but somewhat Old World.

In Newfoundland they make you kiss a Cod. In the NWT, they make you down a drink with an "ice worm" in it.
 
2013-11-28 02:53:58 AM  
Woefully inadequate without mentioning lao-lao for SE Asia... Cheapest hooch on the planet. It's white rice whiskey, the better brands are smooth and vanilla-y and mix well with cola. The not-so-good brands will probably make you blind. I once bought a 750ml bottle of "White Champa" (the good stuff) in Vientiane for the equivalent of 80 cents US.

They're also big on making "power drinks" with it... Basically bottling lao-lao with a scorpion or tarantula and lemongrass. In Myanmar they have a drink which I couldn't name if my life depended on it, but it's basically lao-lao, soy milk and Red Bull. I've tried it, but I can't imagine what it would be like the next day if you got drunk off of that nasty combo.
 
2013-11-28 05:25:49 AM  

GentlemanJ: The picture of Scotland's drink is single malt Scotch--over ice? Blasphemy. Besides, the Scots need it to stay warm. Put it over ice and you'll get some serious stink-eye from the pub patrons.


THIS. Plus, since alcohol doesn't seem to be a criteria, Irn Bru could hade been a substitute, especially if on ice.
Plus Absinthe for France instead of wine? Even Pastis would had made more sense. Absinthe is the drink students pull out of their cabinets to look cool to their friends at parties, it's far from being popular.
This is more like a "World in 80 litteracy clichés".
 
2013-11-28 05:53:19 AM  
Dancis_Frake:

Absinthe is the drink students pull out of their cabinets to look cool to their friends at parties, it's far from being popular.
This is more like a "World in 80 litteracy clichés".


My information might be 15 years out of date, but actual absinthe with wormwood extract was either banned or severely restricted in France for a long time... As you said, Pastis (same thing without wormwood) was the drink of choice.
 
2013-11-28 06:11:06 AM  

maxheck: Dancis_Frake:

Absinthe is the drink students pull out of their cabinets to look cool to their friends at parties, it's far from being popular.
This is more like a "World in 80 litteracy clichés".

My information might be 15 years out of date, but actual absinthe with wormwood extract was either banned or severely restricted in France for a long time... As you said, Pastis (same thing without wormwood) was the drink of choice.


It's a bit tricky, to make it short, the French law forbade the distilation and use of the word absinthe from 1915  up until 2005 or 10 but a European decree authorized it in 1988. So between the two dates, let's say it was tolerated due to the legal clusterfark. But seriously, in the end, it's just some thick liquor with a vague herbal remedy taste to it (personal opinion, here).

It gained fame because of the ban as well as being the fav drink of some poets and artists. This is why finding it on the list made me think that list was made up by scholars and/or people who mostly know the world through movies, tv and books.
 
2013-11-28 06:35:33 AM  
Dancis_Frake:  But seriously, in the end, it's just some thick liquor with a vague herbal remedy taste to it (personal opinion, here).

No, man. It's because you haven't tasted the real stuff, brewed by the blind monks of the secret abbey of Mont Saint Tartiflette on the night of the first Wednesday of every leap year. That stuff will make you see things just by sniffing the cork and turn you into a tormented nineteenth century poet.


/barely exaggerated for comedic effect
//really had that conversation
//absinthe will just give you a bad headache, or the runs if you buy the cheap Czech stuff.
 
2013-11-28 09:17:43 AM  
Why would anyone come to the United States want a Coke?

Coke is pretty much available everywhere in the world.  It would be like going to Paris and eating at McDonalds.

Moonshine or bourbon would have been acceptable answers.
 
2013-11-28 10:21:46 AM  

Dancis_Frake: GentlemanJ: The picture of Scotland's drink is single malt Scotch--over ice? Blasphemy. Besides, the Scots need it to stay warm. Put it over ice and you'll get some serious stink-eye from the pub patrons.

THIS. Plus, since alcohol doesn't seem to be a criteria, Irn Bru could hade been a substitute, especially if on ice.
Plus Absinthe for France instead of wine? Even Pastis would had made more sense. Absinthe is the drink students pull out of their cabinets to look cool to their friends at parties, it's far from being popular.
This is more like a "World in 80 litteracy clichés".


Even Pernod or Ricard would have been better choices.
 
2013-11-28 10:51:43 AM  

Dancis_Frake: maxheck: Dancis_Frake:

Absinthe is the drink students pull out of their cabinets to look cool to their friends at parties, it's far from being popular.
This is more like a "World in 80 litteracy clichés".

My information might be 15 years out of date, but actual absinthe with wormwood extract was either banned or severely restricted in France for a long time... As you said, Pastis (same thing without wormwood) was the drink of choice.

It's a bit tricky, to make it short, the French law forbade the distilation and use of the word absinthe from 1915  up until 2005 or 10 but a European decree authorized it in 1988. So between the two dates, let's say it was tolerated due to the legal clusterfark. But seriously, in the end, it's just some thick liquor with a vague herbal remedy taste to it (personal opinion, here).

It gained fame because of the ban as well as being the fav drink of some poets and artists. This is why finding it on the list made me think that list was made up by scholars and/or people who mostly know the world through movies, tv and books.


From what I understand the wormwood amounts in Absinthe today are nothing compared to the past.  Wormwood can make you hallucinate, but so can improperly brewed (or drinking too much) liquor as well.

From what I understand it was a moral panic that lead to Absinthe getting banned and like the satanic panic back in the 80's, a lot of the stories are simply not true or exaggerations.
 
2013-11-28 11:03:13 AM  

brantgoose: I like Bloody Caesars. I had forgotten that they were invented in Canada. My taste in mixed drinks is somewhat Preppy but I am not a big drinker and I have to order the drinks I can remember by name. Bloody Mary, Long Island Iced Tea, G&T, etc., are it.

Mott's Clamato. A cowboy's best friend. Well, second best friend.

The only other Canadian mixed drink I can think of is the Caribou, which is made with red wine, whiskey or some other hard liquour such as brandy, and maple syrup or sugar. It's basically a wine punch, simpler than Planter's Punch but somewhat Old World.

In Newfoundland they make you kiss a Cod. In the NWT, they make you down a drink with an "ice worm" in it.


I've never heard of a Caribou, I'm going to have to try it out.
 
2013-11-28 11:05:33 AM  
You know one trend that is driving me crazy?

People trying to upsell Grappa when it's really Italian moonshine.

/Just like when they turned Dinner Grits into "Polenta"
 
2013-11-28 01:35:07 PM  
Broktun:
It would be like going to Paris and eating at McDonalds.

They got the same shiat there as they got over here, but it's just a little bit...different.
 
2013-11-28 01:57:26 PM  
I've had 17

But that hamburger link looks great

http://www.shortlist.com/cool-stuff/the-five-star-burgers
 
2013-11-28 02:06:35 PM  

Tanukis_Parachute: NateAsbestos: Tanukis_Parachute: Made me think of Three Sheets with Zane Lamprey...I miss that show. Was always fun to learn about new drinks to get me drunk. Educational AND reasonably entertaining.

Yeah, that was a great show...

CSB

A month or so ago a friend and I got to meet and greet with Lamprey and Steve McKenna at El Cid in LA. A fun drunken night was had by all. Unfortunately, circumstances led to me not having a phone, and my friend's phone being dead, so no pictures :(

End CSB

a scan of your liver before and after would be proof enough.


"What's the diagnosis doc?"
"Well it's the damndest thing... I didn't even know a liver could wheeze..."
 
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