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Encyclopedia > Aunt Roberta

The Aunt Roberta is a cocktail, considered by many to be the world's strongest.


  • Two shots of absinthe
  • One shot of brandy
  • Three shots of vodka
  • One and a half shots of gin
  • One shot of creme de mûre (blackberry liqueur).

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The beverage is based on a mixed drink invented in the late 19th century by an Alabama woman known today only as Aunt Roberta. Little is known about Roberta except that she was the mulatto daughter of a slave owner who fled an abusive home life and alcoholic father at the age of eleven. Early on, she made her living picking cotton, and was nomadic for much of her early life. She spent some time as a prostitute before running a bootleg shack, where she began her career in the alcoholic beverage business by selling drinks made of homemade gin and moonshine. Most of the patrons of her establishment were homeless people, and it's estimated that 34 people died over the two years she sold her homemade concoction. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... Dame Kelly Holmes is half Black (Jamaican) and half White (English). ... King Alcohol and his Prime Minister circa 1820 Alcoholism is the consumption of or preoccupation with alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the alcoholics normal personal, family, social, or work life. ... Cotton ready for harvest. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ...

Later on, she came up with her signature cocktail accidentally, while intoxicated. She could never re-create it, and died in poverty at the age of 32. The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini Drunkenness, in its most common usage, is the state of being intoxicated by consumption of ethyl alcohol to a degree that mental and physical facilities are noticeably impaired. ...

The drink was made famous when an accquaintance of Aunt Roberta's, a raccoon hunter named Billy Joe Spratt, introduced his version of the cocktail to New York after Aunt Roberta's death in 1886. Spratt opened a series of bars based on the Aunt Roberta cocktail, and within two years became a millionaire.


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