29
Jan
09

Snake Oil

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I just finished my first bottle of Peychauds Bitters that I drink with water. It’s the only alcohol I’ve had all year, and I do feel better…

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Customers of traveling medicine shows during the 19th Century were often buying highly concentrated distilled spirits containing bitters. These patent medicines, usually sold as miracle elixirs, did actually serve a few medical purposes. A small sampling of bitters could be served as an aperitif to stimulate a person’s appetite, or as a digestif to help settle a heavy meal or alcoholic overindulgence.

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