With changing times, science has taken over and won’t be wrong terming it as numen. Everything has now improved drastically from its predecessor. We are now witnessing enhanced versions of every possible thing. And the younger generation seems to be the “I” version of its previous generation. We have now successfully managed to discover a faster, better and easier way of everything. Even cocktails have been keeping track amongst the new development. But then some still live with the past myth of “cocktail and ladies drink?” and to make matter even worst ” all colourless spirit are ladies drink”
In a recent conversation at the bar, I hit on an interesting note. After offering a couple of straight drinks, and like always I tried to suggest some cocktails to the guest. I do succeed most of the times but can’t bet on it. Every now and then I do come across guest quite loyal to their drink, but I still live with the motto “ no harm in trying”
The Myth, Colourless Spirit are ladies drink?
I started drinking alcohol in my teens. With no genuine purpose or reason to drink. The sole intent being, to portray how masculine I could be to my counterparts. The more quantity of alcohol I could consume without getting drunk, the more masculine it made me feel. And when it
A ritual everyone in the group happily participated in. Stepping into the teens made us want to prove how qualified we are to be mens. Consuming alcohol and still standing sober was the ultimate manhood test. Most of us ( in my era) must have participated in this test and managed to pass in flying colours. And not forgetting the spirit had to be rum(dark) or whiskey which had to be mixed with coke, soda or water, in time of crisis, neat. This is where I feel for the myth of colourless spirit are ladies drink arose.
With time, the teen found its way towards adulthood. Now it was all about a job (the biggest prize you pay for being an adult ) and choosing a profession. My choice of
Breaking the MYTH
Alcohol is not a natural resource. There exist no river or lake which is flowing with alcohol. And it does’int even rain alcohol, what a pity
No matter how much science has progressed, distillation still follows the same old method. Pot still and continuous still are the two type of distillation. Every liquid which undergoes the distillation process, resulting in a colourless liquid. Now every spirit ( gin, vodka, whiskey, rum etc) at birth ( after distillation) is “colourless”. Shocking right? But its absolutely true. Whiskey and Dark rum at birth are colourless just like gin, vodka and every other distilled beverage. So the myth of “colourless spirit are ladies drink” finds itself now in shaky grounds. And how does whiskey gets its colour? you have to get yourself enrolled in a bartending academy to know “how”?.. lol
It was’int that tough bursting the myth scientifically. But in the practical world it not that easy. The concept has been passed from generations of dark spirit adherent. This truth can potentially hurt one’s ego when it comes to accepting the fact. Thinking of it, how can one describe such a thing as a feminine drink and masculine drink. When both most likely possess the power of getting anyone drunk, irrelevant to which sex is consuming it. And when it comes to cocktails, please think of LIIT (long island ice tea). it gets its colour from coke, rest everything in it is of
How and when did the myth start no one would ever know. But it still runs deep in the veins or in the mindset in most Indian consumer. I had almost forgotten of the myth of “colourless spirit are ladies drink”. All it took was a conversation to send me 20 years down memory lane, Surprising to see the myth still alive. Alcohol does not come in gender. Finally, cutting a long story short, for some who still thinks “colourless spirit are ladies drink” should try consuming one whole bottle of any desired colourless spirit and try standing still.