Bacchus was primarily known as the god of agriculture and wine, but was also associated with fertility, drama, and revelry. In regards to agriculture, he was depicted as a god of trees and forest, and was often sought ought to help the orchards grow. His association with grape growing was not limited to spring alone, but he was also important during the fall grape harvest. If you’re having trouble with the dual connection of Bacchus with both drunk revelry and theatrical drama, look no further than an episode of the Real Housewives of (fill-in-the-blank) County.
Bacchus remains best known today for his association with wine. Bacchus was diversely depicted, yet always identifiable.
He is alternately depicted as a young, fit, long-haired lad or an older, bearded man. At times effeminate, and other times manly in form. He dressed ever party-ready with accompanying grape bunch(es), a wine cup, and a stylish crown of ivy atop his head. He and his followers usually carried a thyrsus (thyrsos). It was an overtly phallic symbol of pleasure and fertility made from a staff of giant fennel covered in leaves and vines, topped with a pinecone.
Best when served chilled, on the rocks, mixed with mineral water or as a cocktail with gin or vodka, or with cream/milk. to the palate with a slight underlying after taste bitterness.