Ten ‘quite interesting’ facts about cocktails

19th October, 2017 by Michael J Ritchie

A Bloody Mary scientifically does taste better on a plane

The Bloody Mary was invented in the early 1900s, but the blend of vodka, tomato juice and spices gets its name from an entirely different era of history. The story goes that the name was inspired by England’s Queen Mary I, called Bloody Mary for her fondness for chopping the heads off Protestants. The tomato juice is, allegedly, supposed to represent blood.

A Bloody Mary is a popular cocktail to drink while on a plane. Scientists originally thought that the altitude affected people’s taste buds, and the drink tasted stronger in the air, but further research has actually given another reason – it’s the noise. Participants of a taste experiment had trouble picking out sweet flavours in a noisy environment, but found it easier to pick up on savoury “umami” flavours, just like those present in tomatoes.

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