29th October 2007

Think You Can Drink Like a Fish?

Its Monday morning… “I drank like 15 shots the other night,” “I had 20 beers in just 4 hours,” “I didn’t even know where I was when I woke up Sunday morning,” are a few of the things one might here in randomly in conversation…

What you won’t hear however is, “A 4,000 barrell vat exploded onto the street and I spent all weekend drinking it up with the rest of the town,” or “We made so much jungle juice, the bartenders had to paddle around in boats to serve it.” No clue what I’m talking about? Well read this article I found on CNN’s website: “Drinking Stories That Put Yours To Shame”… For some of histories craziest drinking stories that will make yours seem… Well like a night out drinking with your Grandma!

Check out this excerpt:

Admiral Edward Russell’s 17th-Century throwdown

Think you can drink like a sailor? Maybe you should take a moment to reflect on what that truly means.

The record for history’s largest cocktail belongs to British Lord Admiral Edward Russell. In 1694, he threw an officer’s party that employed a garden’s fountain as the punch bowl.

The concoction? A mixture that included 250 gallons of brandy, 125 gallons of Malaga wine, 1,400 pounds of sugar, 2,500 lemons, 20 gallons of lime juice, and 5 pounds of nutmeg.

A series of bartenders actually paddled around in a small wooden canoe, filling up guests’ cups. Not only that, but they had to work in 15-minute shifts to avoid being overcome by the fumes and falling overboard.

The party continued nonstop for a full week, pausing only briefly during rainstorms to erect a silk canopy over the punch to keep it from getting watered down. In fact, the festivities didn’t end until the fountain had been drunk completely dry.

Think you can hang? Lets hear your story… If you can top it that is?!

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