In 15 minutes, the restaurant staff will bring you a shot of snake blood with a cobra heart beating in it. To cut the sharp tang, they'd have already diluted it a bit with rice wine.
George Washington was the first major whiskey distiller in the US. And Lincoln is said to have been running a tavern before he got the call to run another serious business, - to 'mind the country.
Cantillon, the company that releases this special beer annually, holds the cards close to its chest, until the day it reveals the names of the bars that would receive the consignment.
Taiwan hasn't got a long whisky-making tradition. It doesn't have a repertoire of stories either that regales its people with the heroic feats of their ancestors smuggling in and out of their country, the homemade whiskeys they made.
Chile, which had its own traditions of pisco-making, obtained a right of Denomination of Origin (DO) and exclusivity in the production of pisco. Peru, from where the drink acquired its identity some 400 years ago, winced.
The Savoy was a dream child of Richard D’Oyly Carte, a theatrical impresario, who wanted to bring something phenomenal (to his town) after the fashion of many hotels he had visited during his tour in America.
Aggressive marketing took Maker's Mark to the skies. Doe Anderson, a marketing wizard was hired in 1973. From selling just 35,000 cases a year, Maker's Mark was soon caught clocking at around 1.3 million a year.
The story of Jim Beam distillery is one of seven generations and two centuries old. The distillery has faced countless challenges while focusing on one goal - to make the perfect bourbon in the world.
Lewis Raymond was born in 1854 in the mountains of Swain County, North Carolina. Right from an early age, he dabbled in what was considered to be a passion for many youngsters of his time - illegal distilling of whiskey and its sale.
Brennevin is schnapps distilled from potato mash and caraway seeds. It refers back to Russian vodka, but the characteristic tang of exotic ingredients takes it to a league of its own.