Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.
Three Penis Liquor
So, generally speaking, knowing that even one penis has spent time in any beverage I intend to drink would be enough to deter me from allowing any portion of said beverage past my lips. The rice wine called Tezhi Sanbian Jiu however, bears the distinction of being brewed with deer penis, Cantonese dog penis, and seal penis (that’s seal, not Seal, so please keep any jokes about this wine having been kissed by a rose to yourself.) The animal nethers are believed to be vigor-inducing, hence their inclusion in this liquor available throughout Shanghai.
Alcohol Burnoff Chart
We’ve all heard it said, right? “This dish is made with a little alcohol, but don’t worry; the alcohol will burn off.” Well, the U.S. Department of Agriculture chart at the link below breaks down what percentage of added alcohol remains in food when it’s cooked in various ways. Cooking with alcohol being one of my favorite pastimes, I found some surprises among the data, though these were generally pleasant, as certain dishes having a larger-than-previously-believed remainder of alcohol doesn’t bother me to the degree that it might bother some. Speaking to that, for those unlike me, who would forgo ethanol in favor of a reasonable facsimile when cooking, a list of substitute ingredients that can be used in place of various alcoholic additives also shares the page.
Via The Cake Bar
Canada Invents Alcohockey
Beer pong has officially been upstaged. It happened quietly, a bit north of where I sit writing this. And when the age of pong de beer ended, it did so not with a bang, but with the whooshing sound of an air hockey table activating to usher you onward to evolved states of inebriation. Creators of the game, Nate Wawrzonek and Edward Ilnicki, have officially raised the bar on drinking games.
Via Food Oddity
Rogue’s Pretzel, Raspberry, Chocolate Beer
If you’ve read this far, then you’ve probably caught onto a theme with this week’s column: all the entries involve alcoholic beverages. Well, with New Year’s Eve just a few nights away, and with New Year’s Eve being as much about getting hammered as about togetherness and new beginnings, it seemed appropriate. Still, at some point that evening, you’ll want to insert a meal or two into the festivities. After eating, however, the drinking will resume, and the makings of a pretty fair dessert beer option lie in this Pretzel, Raspberry, Chocolate Ale, the third release from the partnership between Voodoo Doughnut and Rogue Ales. Inspired by Voodoo Doughnut’ Voodoo Doll doughnut, it’ll sweeten up the early hours of your 2014. Get it here.