Booze News and Drink Recipes

Stories by Hannah Gilman, Photography by Alexis Eischeid

An incident that landed a Drake University student in the hospital with alcohol poisoning last November sparked a debate over whether Everclear should be banned in Iowa. Lynn Walding, administrator for the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division questioned if Everclear is something that is appropriate for the marketplace, asking, “What is the purpose of a product that highly flammable and that highly intoxicating?”For those who have contributed to the rising Everclear sales since the talk of banning the product began, feel free to stop stocking up. Everclear fans rejoice: the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission decided that to restrict it to only one size, a ¾ liter.

Gov. Chet Culver signed the Iowa Beer Equality Bill on March 10th, allowing Iowa breweries to produce beer with up to 12 percent alcohol by content. The bill was introduced in an effort to provide an equal playing field for Iowa breweries. “High gravity” beers – beers with alcohol levels up to 27 percent – were already being imported and distributed by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, meaning that competitors could legally sell their stronger beers in Iowa. The former law instituted a five percent cap, putting Iowa breweries at a competitive disadvantage. Olde Main Brewing Co., one of the fastest growing breweries in Iowa, held an online vote to allow fans to decide the first high proof beer it will brew. Check in with Olde Main at oldemain.wordpress.com to see which high proof beer the fans chose.

The hottest alcohol news in the blogging world is the advent of an oxygen-infused liquor that claims to reduce morning-after pain. While greasy food has traditionally done the trick, Korea’s Sunyang has developed a bubbly liquor researchers claim can help cause fewer, less intense hangovers. The liquor, called 02 Linn, is filled with a high level of oxygen and allows guzzlers to sober up in less than 30 minutes. So does this stuff work? Bloggers are skeptical. “The only question that remains is if the oxygenated drinks can equal their non-oxygenated counterparts in taste and mouth-feel,” Jason Mick of Daily Tech said. Talal Al-Khatib of Discovery News wonders if it’s better to just deal with the whole hangover thing in a traditional manner. “Drink oxygenated booze to avoid the headache, nausea and potentially cinematic memory loss that follows any serious bender or just get schnockered the old fashioned way?” said Al-Khatib. “It’s a tough choice.”

El Niño
ingredients:
1 oz Havana Club Silver Dry Rum
1 oz Cointreau
2/3 oz Strawberry Syrup
1 1/3 oz Lemon Juice
4 Strawberries - large, fresh

Garnish:
Strawberry
Lemon Slice

Mixing Instructions:
Add the strawberries to a highball glass and muddle well.
Add ice, then the remainder of the ingredients.
Stir and serve, garnishing with a strawberry and lemon slice.

Orange Blossom
Ingredients:
2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 oz Orange Juice - freshly squeezed

Garnish:
Lemon Twist

Mixing Instructions:
Shake the bourbon, Cointreau and orange juice with ice.
Pour into an old-fashioned glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

Alaska Iced Tea
Ingredients:
2/3 oz Gin
2/3 oz Vodka
2/3 oz White Rum
2/3 oz Blue Curacao
Lemon-Lime Soda

Optionally Garnish:
Lime wedge

Mixing Instructions:
Add ice to a highball glass.
Pour in all ingredients.
Fill with 7-Up or Sprite and stir slightly.