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Travel Tip: How to Drink 25,000-Year-Old Water

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IcebergWhen someone talks about breaking the ice over a cold drink, you probably don’t think they mean it literally. But, in fact, they just might.

In Newfoundland, Canada, Quidi Vidi Brewery actually makes a beer out of 25,000-year-old water. That’s right, it’s harvested straight from an iceberg.

Iceberg water is totally pure—as in no minerals. The beer is a little fizzy because of air that was trapped inside the ice centuries ago.

How about water collected from a glacier ice cap? Alaska Distillery does just that.

The micro-distillery makes vodka, whiskey, and gin out of water harvested from Alaskan glaciers and icebergs.

Siku vodka is made from ice from a specific glacier in Greenland that’s—get this—60,000 years old.

Using a special technique, the ice never becomes water in the process. It goes straight from the glacier, mixed with alcohol, and only becomes liquid at negative 13 degrees.

So, if you miss the cold weather, this is a way to get a taste of winter—and a little history while you’re at it.

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