Political scandals, well at least most of them are basically based on the same story when you peel back the innocuous surface and the sweet and leave nothing but the nuts beneath. Well, that basically describes the Watergate Cake, so we might not have to wonder where the name originated and can rather remain focused on the flavour of this green treat that does offer a bit of the nostalgia that brought down a US president.
Watergate Cake Beneath its Cover-up of Sweet Icing Lies a Heap of Nuts
The history of the Watergate Cake can be traced back to 1972 and the evening of the thwarted burglary. An evening that started out with a salad that really was a pudding. After the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974 some salads were renamed as Watergate salads and the Watergate Cake was created, while the cake was “covered-up” in green icing it was also supposed to hide a whole lot of nuts and its sweet taste was to remind of a shocking period in political history. During your visit to America, you might not find the Watergate Cake in many bakeries, but you would be able to find it in the instant food aisles.
German Ale Gets A Neon Makeover That Makes it a US Favorite
While we focus on green treats, it is necessary to step back in time to a sweltering hot day spent at the brewery in Germany. This is where the Berliner Wiesse originates from and the taste is fizzy, tart and have the perfect herbaceous twang. Compared to the country’s crisp lagers the Berliner Wiesse is somewhat of an oddity. The sour one the gose hearkens back to northern Germany brewers.
For various reasons, which remains unfortunate for the German’s, the Berliner Weisse’s popularity faded although it is available if you prepared to go to extreme efforts in the country. Where you would be able to enjoy it more easily is during your visit to the USA, where neon green beer is popular and much enjoyed.
The tart acidity was found by the French, which was coupled with the high levels of effervescence that is found in sparkling wine. When Napoleon pushed his way into Germany his troops called Berliner weisse the best Champagne found in the North. By the 19th century, the drink was found too tart by the Germans, who started to add sweeteners to it, originally the process involved the addition of caraway-based liqueur called Kummel. The green-tinged syrup is inspired by the sweet-scented plant called bedstraw.
The best time to relax with a Berliner Weisse in your hand is during the summer months when this beer containing 4% alcohol level is served cold. The USA is in the lead when it comes to the most authentic re-creations of the Berliner Weisse and it versions included both canned and bottled version that do not contain sweet syrups, ensuring you get to enjoy the tang that is refreshing and makes this drink standout.