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New history drinks post up

The History Drinks project is still going (dammit!), and there’s a new post up over there.  The drink is a whale of a punch, the ingredients of which can knock out an imperialist army if you aren’t careful.  The battle in question is the Siege of the Legations, which was a totally epic part of the Boxer Rebellion in China around 1900 (okay, exactly 1900).  Below is a famous image from that episode:

Doesn't the burning building in the background look a little like something from Star Wars?  Or is that just me?

The Chinese really know how to build a wall

Up at History Drinks: Sweet Russian Champions

The history drinks blog is not updated nearly as much as I’d like.  It’s a casualty of the demands of medical school, law school, historical carpentry school, and…whatever it is that I do with my time.  But we’ve got a new entry in the Pour One Out For series up today, commemorating an important battle that took place on September 8, 1320.

The link: http://historydrinks.com/?p=1077

In short, if you want an excuse to drink vodka or Chiggis Gold (Mongolian vodka made from yogurt, I believe) today, you have one.  A cool graphic from the post:

Curious to know what these guys are pissed about? Follow the link

History Drinks post is up

After a modest hiatus, we’re back up with another post at Liquid Courage.  If you like mixing your Crusades with college frat party metaphors, then you’ll like this writeup.  The Fourth Crusade was a complete shitshow from a Christian military objective standpoint.  Unlike the rest, this one is less of a drink, and more of an embarrassing episode.  But we think it is an appropriate treatment of the history.

Check it out over at www.historydrinks.com.

Pulling a George Armstrong Custer

We’ve got a new writeup at Liquid Courage.  I encourage you to check it out.  I’m quite pleased with this one, for two reasons.

  1. This is the most direct mapping of military history onto drinking culture we’ve done yet.  Rather than a drink, “Pulling a Custer” is a situation you, or someone you know, has likely done recently at a bar or a party.
  2. The write up is two-fold.  We’ve got the regular one on the front page, but we’ve also got the story of Custer’s Last Stand, as told by Rudyard Kipling.  The full title: “Custer’s Last Stand, or The Battle of the (Great Grey-Green) Greasy Grass Creek.”  Kipling’s Just-So Stories, which you may have forgotten you heard as a child, can be found here.

Lastly, something I learned in the course of researching Custer:  Budweiser, who apparently were a hot new microbrewry in 1876, commissioned a lithograph of his final moments and they put it up as an advert for Bud in saloons all around the country.

Custer Stood His Ground. So Should You. Drink Bud.

Today if you go into a dive bar, you’ll probably see a wall calendar featuring biki-clad bimbos straddling a Harley Davidson.  Back in the 1870s, they had commissioned lithographs of the 7th Cavalry fighting Indians.  This is so, so, so much cooler.

Liquid Courage: Siege of the Alcázar

We’ve got another drink up at Liquid Courage.  This one is the Siege of the Alcázar, which occurred early in the Spanish Civil War.  Not a whole lot happened, to be honest, but it’s an excuse to drink calimocho and remark on the atrociously lazy parenting one of one Colonel Moscardó.


We also feature another great black line drawing from E.V. Nielsen.

Battle of New Orleans and DIY Graphic Design

The Battle of New Orleans is up at history drinks:


This drink features the first graphical design work I’ve done for the blog….and by graphical design work, I mean I found an image on wikipedia, pasted it into Word, used WordArt tools to add stuff, took a screen shot of the whole desktop, pasted that into Paint, and then cut out what I wanted and saved it as a .jpeg.

This, I believe, is noob graphical design.  MacGyver would be proud.

New Feature at History Drinks!

We’ve got a new feature up at History Drinks: “Pour One Out For.”  Today is Stonewall Jackson’s birthday, so we’re pouring one out for the aggressive Confederate general.  His amputated arm was buried separately from his body, and he had a beard a whole family of birds could get lost in.  From 1984 to 2000 the state of Virginia celebrated Lee-Jackson-King Day, in honor of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yup, seriously.

Lee-Jackson Day (celebrating the two men’s birthdays) had been celebrated since 1904, and when the Federal Government instituted MLK Day in 1983, Virginia just combined the three.

In 2000 someone pointed out that such a combination of people was a bit incongruous, and they separated the two.  Nevertheless, Jackson was by most accounts a good man and a great tactican, and we’re pouring one out for him.