Here Is How These 7 Popular Alcoholic Drinks Got Their Names
Interestingly enough, at any given point of time, 0.7% of the people in the world are drunk, that is, about 50 million people in the world are drunk right now!
The world has embraced alcohol unlike any other beverage – Belgians love their Beer, the Mexicans swear by Tequila, Russians trust their Vodka and Indians drink the most Rum in the world.
But, little do the alcohol lovers around the world know how these 7 beverages got their names:
This third most popular drink in the world after water and tea derives its name from the Latin word ‘biber’ which means ‘a drink’.
Belgium has the most number of individual beer brands in the world.
Discovery of wine dates back to 5000 B.C., its name is deduced from the Latin word ‘Vinum’ which refers to medicinal substances present in wine.
The world’s oldest person, a French woman, Jeanne Calment (122 years old) attributes her long life to a diet rich in olive oil, port wine and a kg of chocolate per week.
Originated in the 9th century in Russia, Vodka is derived from a Russian word ‘voda’ meaning water.
Vodka can also be used for cleaning of glasses and bathrooms because of its excellent disinfectant properties.
The origin of margarita has various theories, the most popular one is it was invented in 1948 by Margarita Sames in Mexico during a party.
She mixed Tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice to prepare a cocktail that had the party going on for two weeks.
It is the most popularly ordered drink in the U.S. and Americans on an average consume 185,000 Margaritas per hour.
Records suggest whiskey was first made in Scotland in 1494, the name whiskey being derived from a Gaelic beverage ‘uiscebeatha’ meaning ‘water of life’.
Whiskey gets its flavour from wooden casks in which it is distilled. Though it can survive in glass bottles for over 100 years, but it doesn’t change the flavour.
The drink was first made in 16th century in a town called Tequila in Mexico, from where it gets its name.
Connoisseurs of tequila don’t indulge in shots, they prefer to drink it from special tequila glasses to truly relish the flavours and aromas of the plant blue agave from which it is made.
First distilled in the Caribbean in 17th century, there are many theories for the origin of its name, most probable being from the word ‘rumbullion’, which is a slang for ‘uproar’.
A UK study revealed that Indians consume the maximum amount of rum in the world – 27% of the global consumption and the favourite brands are McDowells No. 1 Celebration Rum and Old Monk.
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