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Chatham Artillery Punch – Gastro Obscura

“As a vanquisher of men its equal has never been found.” An 1885 article for the Augusta Chronicle ascribes near-mythic strength to Chatham Artillery Punch, cautioning readers that “As a vanquisher of men its equal has never been found.” The journalist accredits one A.H. Luce with inventing this potent, large-format cocktail in the …

Tonka Beans – Gastro Obscura

A legume so loved, it’s caused a “fever” in France and made Americans break laws. The tonka bean, which gives off notes of vanilla, cherry, and almond, infuses desserts, drinks, and even perfumes around the world. British chefs mix it into cocktail syrups and grate its shavings over pastries, while …

Old liquor finds new life in Ghana cocktail scene

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana’s traditional liquor akpeteshie tastes like fire to the uninitiated, burning all the way down the throat to a nervous stomach. But at The Republic, a bar in the nation’s capital, it comes garnished with mint and brown sugar for young professionals just getting off work. …