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The Independent On Sunday

Published:  23 July, 2008

Did you know that the smell of hamburgers and freshly baked bread can trigger road rage attacks? Neither did I, but a study at West Virginia's Wheeling Jesuit University has shown that such aromas make 'drivers become hungry and therefore irritable, and thus likely to drive too fast', reports RICHARD EHRLICH. The research also found that four odours induce a sense of calm: coffee, lemon, cinnamon and peppermint. Cue a couple of summer drink recommendations. Ehrlich has a soft spot for the New Orleans classic, Caf Brlot, a mix of strong black coffee, brandy, sugar, citrus peel, cloves and vanilla. His second tip is iced tea, 'another drink at which Americans excel'. His recipe comprises strong tea and fizzy water, in a ratio of 3:1, over ice, with a touch of lemon or lime juice and a sprig of mint. Enough to placate the most inflamed motorist, surely.