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Writer’s Camp: week 2

By Jasmine · June 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

 Week two was both harder and easier–at least, I had fewer mental breakdowns. It seems that we have graduated from beer to hard liquor very quickly. This was only our second Friday all together, and you can see by the picture that stronger libations were needed. And no, the lone beer is not, in fact, mine. I was drinking Captain and Coke.

I’m afraid to contemplate what will happen by next weekend. I imagine us all drinking straight from the bottles in the parking lot behind the apartments. And the week after that? Who knows. We’ll be brewing moonshine in our bathtubs, perhaps.

Speaking of moonshine, the latest story I wrote was set during the 1920s in a speakeasy (who, me?). Since most of my knowledge revolves around beer, this meant I wound up doing a lot of research on moonshine, whiskey, and distillers, among other things. Here are a few random fun facts I found:

Shochu, a beverage distilled from barley, was the favorite beverage of the world’s longest-living man, Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan, who lived for 120 years and 237 days. He was born on June 29, 1865 and died on February 21, 1986.

Being intoxicated had desirable spiritual significance to the ancient Egyptians. They often gave their children names like “How Drunk is Cheops” or “How Intoxicated is Hathor.”

And my favorite:

During the reign of William III, a garden fountain was once used as a giant punch bowl. The recipe included 560 gallons of brandy, 1200 pounds of sugar, 25,000 lemons, 20 gallons of lime juice, and five pounds of nutmeg. The bartender rowed around in a small boat, filling up guests’ punch cups.

Facts via Alcohol problems and solutions website.

Tags: Non-Beer Beverages