from Cure, New Orleans The Cure: While Varnelli Amaro Sibilla is no longer used as an antimalarial drug, its high concentrations of gentian, a bitter herb, and quinine, an alkaloid found naturally in cinchona-tree bark, may still reduce fever, curb pain, and ease digestion.
The Ingredients 11/2 oz Rittenhouse bonded rye 1 oz Bonal Gentiane-Quina aperitif wine 1/4 oz Varnelli Amaro Sibilla 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir 40 revolutions and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
“I really don’t think bourbon belongs on the table during a meal. It just destroys your tongue. So drink it on its own, as its own course. Maybe put some water in it. Let the proof change. Let the flavor change. Don’t rush things.”—Sean Brock, chef & owner of Husk
Participants in a new study were given small amounts of either beer or Gatorade and then given a game to play while having their brain scanned. The scanners saw that those who consumed the very small amount of beer had much higher dopamine levels than those who consumed Gatorade. Those who had reported a history of alcoholism within their family saw even higher levels.
“We believe this is the first experiment in humans to show that the taste of an alcoholic drink alone, without any intoxicating effect from the alcohol, can elicit this dopamine activity in the brain’s reward centers,” the study’s senior author, neuroscientist David Kareken of the Indiana University School of Medicine, said in a statement.
“In a world where there is a law against people ever showing their emotions, or ever releasing themselves from the grayness of their days, a drink is not a social tool. It is a thing you need in order to live.”—Jimmy Breslin
“Other countries drink to get drunk, and this is accepted by everyone; in France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought: wine is not only a philter, it is also the leisurely act of drinking.”—Roland Barthes