Going out to your favorite waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks is usually a fun filled adventure, complete with live music and drinks all around. We all have our favorite drink, but what do you know about the liquors used to make them? We know you love our bomb shots and frozen pains, but let's dig deeper and reveal some facts about hard liquor that you may not have heard before!
Jimadors use round bladed, or Coa, machetes to chop the leaves of the blue agave plant to make tequila. They produce the tequila by removing the heart of the agave plant, which can weigh anywhere from 80 to 200 pounds when harvested. Just like champagne must be made in France, in order for it to be truly considered tequila, it must be produced in Mexico.
There is a difference between whisky and whiskey. Scottish distilleries produce whisky, while everyone else produces whiskey. According to the Scots, they believe more vowels waste good drinking time! The Scots also used to light some of it on fire to determine how much alcohol was in it. The color of the flame shows whether or not the alcohol content is right. If it burns too hot, then there was too much alcohol, which they then sold to the distillery workers for cheap.
The name vodka comes from the Slavic word voda, meaning water. This popular mixing liquor is actually lighter than water. One liter of water weighs 1,000 grams, while 1 liter of vodka weighs 953 grams. Up until 1885, vodka was only sold in 12.3 liter buckets. Thankfully, smaller bottles were later introduced – we can’t even imagine how horrible those hangovers would be!
Gin is actually made for mixing! Unlike other favorite liquors, like the previously mentioned whiskey, tequila, rum and vodka, gin is not meant to be taken as a shot, which is why so many classic cocktails call for it. In fact, more classic cocktails are made with gin than with any other spirit. Martinis are meant to be made with gin, dry vermouth and optional bitters. It wasn’t until Smirnoff released their “Vodka leaves you breathless” campaign that it hijacked gin’s place in the iconic drink.
In the 18th century, sailors were often paid in rum. They also used to test the rum’s authenticity by mixing it with gunpowder. If it lit on fire, then it indicated it was the correct proof. Rum was also used as a go-to beauty product in the 1800s for its ability to clean hair and strengthen its roots. Up until the 1970s, the British Navy gave rations of rums to its sailors in hopes of preventing scurvy. Little did they know, it was the addition of the lime or vitamin C that kept them from getting scurvy.
Enjoy Your Well-Earned Drink at Backwater Jack's!
BackwaterJack's has a drink for everyone, as long as they enjoy it responsibly! If you like Rum, we highly suggest not lighting it on fire, but enjoying it frozen in our legendary Rum-Runner Pina Colada mix, the "Royal Pain in the A**." Take in our amazing view of the water, sit back and enjoy the live music at the Lakeof the Ozarks' best waterfront bar!