Did you ever wonder why alcohol content is measured in “proof” — and why that number differs from the other number you’ll see on your bottle of vodka and whiskey, ABV (alcohol by volume)?
While alcohol by volume, or the percentage of alcohol in the liquid, is a standard measure of alcohol strength across the world (a 30 percent ABV spirit in the U.S. also a 30 percent ABV spirit in France), the proof scale varies.
And if that sounds a little fuzzy — kind of like how you might feel if you’ve had a few – here are a few facts about proof to help provide clarity:
Punch is back. And we’re not talking the ubiquitous red drink of unknown origins from classic 80’s movie high school prom scenes that someone inevitably gets pushed into. Totally customizable to your palate and party-type, punch is a crowd pleaser from summer cookouts to black-tie events.
The big-batch drink we know today is a descendant of a Hindi drink made of five ingredients – tea, liquor, water, sugar and lemon – which was popularized during the British empire’s rule in India. Mariners loved the stuff for all of the obvious reasons but also, thanks to a dose of citrus, punch’s ability to ward off scurvy during long trips at sea.
All at once sweet, tangy and tart, there’s simply nothing so refreshing as a cold glass of lemonade. It’s basically the official drink of summer but that’s just the beginning. Behold, 13 ways to enjoy lemonade, from drinks to dishes, all summer long.
Raspberry Lemonade (pictured above)
With only three ingredients, this is one of the simplest ways to make fresh berry lemonade.
You know those “rules” about not wearing white pants after Labor Day and waiting 30 minutes after eating to swim? Yeah, we tend to avoid those rules. The same goes for rosé wine. Yes, it’s definitely more enjoyable to sip this pink wine in the summer, while sunning ourselves on a patio somewhere, but to be honest, we’ve been known to drink rosé on the couch in the winter every once in a while too. But now that summer it actually is summer (well, almost) and we’ll be finding ourselves on a lot more patios in the coming days, we’re moving into an all-rosé-all-the-time phases. Beyond popping the cork on a cool, crisp bottle and drinking rosé straight-up, we plan to celebrate tomorrow’s National Rosé Day holiday and all our summer sun sessions with these four pink eats and drinks.
The New Frose (pictured above)
Break out the ice cream maker, but think beyond ice cream. Here a bottle of rosé and strawberries are churned together to make a frosty, slushy sipper.
It’s rare – and perhaps with good reason – for two of the nation’s most-highly anticipated drinking events to converge on the same day. But the gods of inebriation have spoken, and that’s the reality we now face.
In case you forgot, tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo, the commemoration of Mexico’s 1862 victory over imperial France at the Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., the holiday has morphed into a more generalized celebration of Mexican-American culture fueled by chips, “guac,” and a deluge of half-priced margaritas.
Here’s the conflict: The 2017 Kentucky Derby, Louisville’s annual horse race, also kicks off tomorrow afternoon – which means mint juleps will be as ubiquitous this weekend as the event’s famously flashy spring fashions.
This leaves us with one question: As revelers line up at their local watering holes, which drink order will keep bartenders the busiest? Will it be the mint julep, a perfect marriage between fresh mint and the honeyed taste of bourbon? Or the margarita, with its invigorating flavor collision of salt, sugar, lime and – of course, tequila?
Here at Food Network, we’ve reached an impasse, so we’re calling on our fans to settle this one for us:
Eric Asimov posed the question Does Anybody Drink Port Anymore? in 2009. The port industry seems to have realized eight years later that the answer is no. In a world of Unicorn Frappuccinos, port is like grandpa yelling at the grandkids to put their phones down and have some darn respect. But it shouldn’t be that way. At the Wine & Spirits annual Top of the List event, port producers had a strong presence in the perfect spot next to the crème caramel.
When you think of 40-ouncers, you probably think of malt liquor: Colt 45 or Olde English 800, aka the kind of cheap, high-alcohol swill best drunk out of a brown paper bag.
You probably don’t think of an organically farmed, light, crisp Muscadet with “mineral aromatics” or a blushing rosé. Award-winning New York sommelier Patrick Cappiello wants to change that with his new endeavor: Forty Ounce Wines.
Wines with no or low alcohol content may sound, to buzz-loving oenophiles, like a day without sunshine, but (trend watch?) the New York Daily News has declared them to be “a thing.”
The paper relays that NA wine sales in the year ending January 28, 2017 have been a “robust” $99 million annually, according to Nielsen data, yet it notes that sales the year prior were actually 5.4 percent higher.
It may seem as if America is becoming a nation of wine sippers — and it’s true that many of those who prefer wine today were more likely to opt for other kinds of alcoholic beverages a decade ago. But don’t worry, beer drinkers, because there are still more of you than there are of them.
Almost four out of 10 — 38 percent — of alcohol consumers over age 21 in the United States said beer was their beverage of choice, whereas 31 percent prefer wine and 28 percent like spirits/liquor most of all, according to a recent Harris Poll survey of 1,540 adults.
If you’re a beer drinker and variety is your thing, you’re in luck. You could now drink a beer from a different American brewery every single day for more than thirteen and a half years (13.5 years!) and never have to return to the same brewery twice.
That’s because, according to a recent report from the Brewers Association, a trade association focused on small and independent United States brewers, the number of breweries in the U.S. has climbed, as of the end of November, to a record-setting 5,005.