2. Japan is only the 15th largest consumer of American whiskey and bourbon.  So why did they just buy most of the American whiskey industry?


  3. Which one of these drinks is more processed? 

    The Coca-Cola Company spent $114 million in recent years expanding its juice bottling plant in Auburndale, Fla., and developing a high-tech process for homogenizing juice, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The operation includes use of satellite imagery, a 1.2-mile juice pipeline, and a complex “Black Book” algorithm which helps juice-makers manage weather patterns, predict crop yields, and measure acidity and sweetness of the crop — all to achieve absolute consistency from batch to batch.

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  4. Looking for a new cocktail to add to your repertoire? If you’ve got a taste for adventure (or a foot fetish), you might consider heading to Canada’s Yukon Territory. There, in Dawson City, you’ll find a little bar called the Sourdough Saloon, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, has been slinging cocktails that feature a very strange ingredient: Human toes. 

    Wait, real toes? Yes, pickled and plunked into your beverage. The drink, commonly known as a Sourtoe, is the remnant of a tradition that began in 1973 when one Capt. Dick, a riverboat captain, found a severed big toe preserved in a jar of pickles. During a drunken night with friends, Capt. Dick invented the drink by dropping the toe into a beer glass full of champagne, and coining the accompanying rhyme: "You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow. But the lips have gotta touch the toe." Today, for only $5, Sourdough Saloon patrons can have a toe added to any alcoholic beverage of their choice. “Now, that’s what I call an artisanal ingredient,” says Kristin Iversen at Brooklyn magazine.

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