Mixologia: Potions, Cocktails & Deadly Spirits

Belly up to the bar and have a potion... Marianna Massey/DigitalVision/Getty

While the cocktail is an inherently American invention, the history of combining alcohols with other substances to create potent, drinkable concoctions dates back to ancient times. While you might expect dangerous ingredients to have a place in a wizard’s potion or a philosopher's goblet, modern cocktails and spirits have also dabbled with nefarious elixirs. Join Robert and Joe as they explore the history, myth and science behind it all in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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Topics in this Podcast: Food, history, drugs