Sugar is the general name for sweet-tasting, water-soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. Simple sugars are also named monosaccharides, including glucose, fructose, and galactose.

Table sugar, granulated sugar, and regular sugar refer to sucrose, which is the most common type of sugar. It naturally occurs in multiple fruits and plants.

The first chemically refined sugar emerged in India about 2,500 years ago. Then spread east towards China, and west towards Persia and the early Islamic worlds, and finally reaching the Mediterranean in the 13th century. Nowadays, Cyprus and Sicily are important centers for sugar production.

Be aware of intermittent sugar consumption because brain scans have confirmed that affects the brain in ways similar to certain drugs.

Sugar is also great with

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Blow My Skull Off

Blow My Skull Off is an alcoholic punch drink obtained by two pints of boiling water, sugarloaf, lime, or lemon juice, one pint of ale or porter, one-pint rum, and half a pint of brandy. Blow My Skull is an alcoholic punch drink that originated in mid-19th century Australia. As listed in The English and Australian Cookery Book by Edward Abbott, it calls for two pints of boiling water, sugar loaf, lime or lemon juice, one pint of ale or porter, one pint rum, and a half a pint of brandy.

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A caipirinha is a traditional Brazilian cocktail that is made with a mix of muddled limes, sugar, crushed ice, and cachaca. Cachaca, pronounced cachaza, is a popular Brazilian sugar cane liquor, similar to rum and aguardiente. The drink is prepared by mixing the fruit and the sugar together, then adding the liquor. This can be made in a single large glass to be shared among people, or in a larger jar, from which it is served in individual glasses.

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Curacao Punch

Curaçao Punch is a cocktail from Harry Johnson's New and Improved Bartender's Manual (1882). It's a forgotten punch that combines robust rum and brandy with an old-fashioned orange liqueur.

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Old Fashioned

The old fashioned is a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters and water, adding whiskey or bourbon, and garnishing with orange slice and a cocktail cherry. It is traditionally served in an old fashioned glass, which predated the cocktail. Developed during the 19th century (around 1806) and given its name in the 1880s, it is an IBA Official Cocktail.