Our forefathers want us to go forth…and drink?

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

As Americans gather across the country to celebrate our nation’s independence (read: Fireworks, BBQ’s and drinking), I thought it would be interesting to post some fun trivia on alcohol in this great land of ours.

1. Our National Anthem is “The Star Spangled Banner” written by Frances Scott Key to the English drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven”.

2. Bourbon is the official spirit of the United States, by act of Congress.
3. Martha Washington enjoyed daily toddies.

4. In the 1790’s, “happy hour” began at 3:00 p.m. and cocktails continued until dinner.

5. The bill for a celebration party for the 55 drafters of the US Constitution was for 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of port, 8 bottles of hard cider, 12 beers and seven bowls of alcohol punch large enough that “ducks could swim in them.”

6. Liquor stores in the US are called “package stores” and sell “package goods” because of laws requiring that alcohol containers be concealed in public by being placed in paper bags or “packages.”

7. The term “brand name” originated among American distillers, who branded their names and emblems on their kegs before shipment.

8. President Thomas Jefferson was the new U.S nation’s first wine expert.

9. The U.S. Marines’ first recruiting station was in a bar.

10. Sixty-two percent of Americans report that they have used the service of a designated driver. (Don’t Drink and Drive!)

Now you can impress your friends and family with useless American liquor facts at your next BBQ.

Also, check out my recipe for a patriotic “Red, White, and Blue Sangria” which is a perfect addition to the weekend’s festivities.

Red, White and Blue Sangria

1 large btl (or 2 regular btls) of dry/semi-dry White Wine (I like Pinot Grigio, but Chardonnay would work as well)
1 cup White Rum
1 btl Champagne or Sparkling Wine
1 liter seltzer (You can also try a flavor like Lemon-Lime or Orange)
1 pint blueberries
1 pint strawberries (hulled, and diced)

Mix Wine, Fruit, and Rum in a large bowl and let stand for at least one hour (the longer this sits, the better the flavors will combine). When ready to serve add champagne and seltzer- I do not use the whole bottle of seltzer, pour some in and taste as you go. For stronger Sangria add less seltzer.
Serve over ice.

Cheers!

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