Top five World War One drinks

As this week marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, here we assemble five famous drinks associated with the conflict.


The poppy display being assembled at the Tower of London (Photo: Wiki)

It was Arnold Zweig, German anti-fascist writer and WW1 volunteer, who said that it was possible for a man to fight a war “without women, without ammunition, even without strongpoints, but not without tobacco and not at all without alcohol.”

Forces on both sides of the war appreciated this fact: for the maintenance of troop moral, alcohol had an important part to play.

And beyond the tenches, the social and cultural impact of the war would sound the beginning of the 20th Century, and with that, the cocktail boom that would help to define the inter-war years in Europe.

So, from the trenches of three of the major protagonists and two cocktail innovations that are enjoyed to this day, we have assembled the top five drinks associated with the Great War.

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Thanks to the Alcohol and Drugs History Society for providing much of the information used

One Response to “Top five World War One drinks”

  1. Trevor Johns says:

    I remember reading an Australian soldier’s account of his service in the Great war. In one episode he relates just how desirable the British rum ration was. In a dugout with bunks the troops were given their rum. One man who was a tea totaller would use his to rub into his feet to ward off trench foot. Another soldier who had already drunk his ration saw this happening and positioned himself head out from under the bottom bunk, with mouth open to catch the drips as they fell from the filthy muddy foot of the digger sitting above.
    It must truly have been good stuff.

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