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Fernet-Branca Was Once a ‘Cure’ for Cholera

I was granted a conversation with the Vice President of Fernet-Branca, Niccolò Branca, who offered some rare insight into its composition and surprising history.
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How a Gin Craze Nearly Destroyed 18th-Century London

By 1730, an estimated 7,000 gin shops were turning Londoners into degenerate alcoholics. Historical accounts of violence, widespread addiction, and social devastation call to mind the early 80s crack epidemic.
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Italy Celebrates Christmas by Eating a Shit-Ton of Delicious Seafood

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a centuries-old tradition that originated in Southern Italy. Expect stuffed lobster tails, baked eel, crabs, fresh oysters, tuna carpaccio, and calamari.
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A Brief History of Drunken British Sailors

Until July 31, 1970, bracingly strong overproof rum was a vital part of the fabric of the British Navy—rationed, used as a currency, and a veritable way of life.
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Last Call

Meet the Cabaret-Dancing Pub Landlady Who Doesn’t Serve Pints

Welcome back to Last Call, where we visit watering holes around the world for life advice from their trusty barkeepers. Today, we meet landlady and former cabaret artist Lesley Lewis at The French House in London.
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Is Congealed Pig's Blood Really a Superfood?

Last month, UK tabloids hailed black pudding—a staple of the English breakfast—as a superfood. We called up a health expert to find out if a fatty sausage made of blood is truly good for you.
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The Best Martini Is Neither Shaken Nor Stirred

I spoke to acclaimed bartender Alessandro Palazzi about James Bond, why a true Vesper is impossible to make nowadays, and why you shouldn't attempt to drink more than two martinis at Dukes, his famed bar.
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Bad Perry Is a Relic from the 70s Dinner Party of Your Darkest Nightmares

While the best perry is a heady, near narcotic delight—dry, elegant, evocative of the crisp autumn afternoons—a bad perry can be very bad indeed.
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This Salty, Funky Condiment Is the Last Edible Artifact of True Victorian Excess

The Gentleman's Relish has always been more than just a condiment: It's a relic of colonial decadence and the faded prevalence of public drunkenness in Britain.
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West Country Cider Is a Relic from Another Century

Although the UK has seen a huge resurgence of interest in commercial cider over the past decade, true West Country cider is a different beast—one that delivers a life-affirming booze kick alongside bold spice.
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