What is the oldest hard liquor?
1. Rice Mead, Jiahu, China: 7,000 BCE. Just like China holds the record for the world’s oldest noodles, it looks like the oldest alcoholic drink known to mankind was also Chinese. Jiahu is on the site of a Neolithic (New Stone Age) village that held a few hundred residents.
When was the first hard liquor invented?
The history of liquor is a fascinating one. Its origins are unclear. But most historians believe people first distilled alcohol around the 13th century AD.
Why are alcohol called spirits?
The term “spirit” in reference to alcohol stems from Middle Eastern alchemy. These alchemists were more concerned with medical elixirs than with transmuting lead into gold. The vapor given off and collected during an alchemical process (as with distillation of alcohol) was called a spirit of the original material.
Who found alcohol?
Fermented beverages existed in early Egyptian civilization, and there is evidence of an early alcoholic drink in China around 7000 B.C. In India, an alcoholic beverage called sura, distilled from rice, was in use between 3000 and 2000 B.C.