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History Of Thanksgiving Booze

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When it comes to the history of Thanksgiving, you always hear the story with the pilgrims and the Indians sitting down together and eating that big meal. It was a great dinner I’m sure, no doubt. One part of history that is always overlooked is the history of the pilgrims’ booze is often overlooked. Lucky for you we did some hard research on the topic of booze.

Here’s a history lesson you’ll actually want to pay attention to:

1)      The Mayflower was originally a merchant ship that specialized in transporting French wine. The Mayflower also had carried hemp, vinegar, brandy and herring.

2)      Our Pilgrims brought with them more than 7,500 gallons of booze. They had “Canarie Sack,” a type of Sherry, “Aqua Vitae,” a type of hard alcohol and “fine wines.” Since there were 102 Pilgrims on that voyage, that works out to 73.5 gallons per person. Enough booze for each settler to consume 25.7 ounces a day for an entire year..

3)      Pilgrims actually landed at Plymouth Rock because they ran out of beer. “We could not now take time for further search … our victuals being much spent, especially our beer …” read one journal.

Does your family have a unique Thanksgiving booze tradition? A special drink?



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