Liquor is Made
we get into the types of liquors you should know a little about
how liquor is made and categorized. Liquor is produced by distilling
fermented grain, fruit,
distinct fact about liquor is that liquors have no added sugar. Liquors with
added sugar and/or flavorings are known as liqueurs. A couple liqueurs include
Grand Marnier and Frangelico.
of alcohol in liquor is described by alcohol proof. In the
US proof is exactly double the alcohol content. Therefore
if the liquor bottle is 80
proof, it contains 40% alcohol. The term originated during the 18th century
in Britain when sailors would "proof" their rum rations by dousing
gunpowder in them to see if it would ignite. They did this to make sure their
rations had not been watered down.
setting up a bar the basic must have liquor’s include:
Vodka, Rum, Gin, Tequila, Whiskey, and Brandy.
is a clear and basically odorless liquor usually distilled
from grain or potatoes. Vodka is also famous for its
neutral flavor. This neutrality
allows this liquor to be easily mixed with a variety of mixers. Vodka
should be at
least 80 proof but not over 110 proof. Vodka is not only the most popular
liquor in Russia, it’s the most popular liquor in the world.
A Few popular
drinks made with Vodka include: Jell-O Shooters, Cape Codder,
Screwdriver, Bay Breeze, and Lemon Drop.
usually portrayed as the favorite liquor of the Pirates of
the Caribbean. Produced prominently in the Caribbean
since it is not easy
that climate or the molasses that come from the sugar cane it promotes.
distilled from sugar and aged in oak barrels. Light rums are the
most popular and are
used in cocktails such as daiquiris. Dark rums are distilled through
a slower process which allows them to develop a stronger, bolder
A Few popular rum drinks include Piña Colada, Rum
and Coke, Mai-Tai, Mojito and Daiquiri.
is a very dry spirit made from grain and flavored with juniper
berries. Gin is usually found with a proof around
80 and is clear
in color, although
some varieties can have a yellow color due to being aged
in barrels. It includes both the malty-flavored and full-bodied
the drier types,
characterized by distinct botanical flavorings, produced
Britain and the United States.
Gin Liquor drinks include the Gin and Tonic, Gin Chiller, Gin
Rickey, and some Martinis.
is made from the blue agave plant in Mexico and is normally
around 80-100 proof. The spirit itself is a
tequilas acquiring their amber or yellowish cast predominantly
from added caramel.
That additive is not necessarily a sign of poorer quality
and a small tint may be
the result of aging in oak casks, which, like whiskey and
other liquors, lends overtones to the drink. Contrary to popular
belief, there is
no worm at the
bottom of a real tequila bottle. Worms are only found in
bottles of mescal, which started as a marketing ploy.
shots a few popular drinks made with this liquor are a variety
of Margaritas, Gold Rush and Tequila Sunrise.
is distilled from grain mash and aged in oak barrels. First
distilled by monks in Ireland around 1400,
image of belonging
to the cowboys of the wild west. There are many different
types of whiskey but the most popular types are below.
whiskey is from Scotland and is normally distilled at least twice.
is aged in oak barrels for at least
usually a blend
malt and grain whiskies. Single malt whiskies are the
most sought after of the Scotch whiskies.
whiskey is distilled at least three
times and is always aged in wooden barrels for
at least three years,
longer. Irish whiskey
in single malt, single grain, and blended varieties.
whiskey is comprised of three main categories. Bourbon whiskey
which is at least 51% corn, Rye whiskey
be at least 51%
rye, and corn
whiskey which must be at least 80% corn. American
whiskey is aged in oak barrels which can be as brief as six
is a spirit distilled from mashed fruit, often grapes. Known
wine" it has been popular for hundreds of years.
Brandy is aged in oak casks from which it derives its
rich color. Normally 80 proof, brandy is a
traditional after dinner drink and is used frequently
in cooking. Fine Brandy can be very expensicve. Cognac
is one of the most popular forms of brandy and
gets its name from a region in France. Cognac is double
distilled using pot stills, also used in the production
A few popular
brandys include Hennessy, Remy Martin, Courvoisier, Applejack
above a liqueur is an alcoholic beverage that has been flavored
herbs, nuts, spices, flowers, or cream and bottled with
added sugar. Liqueurs are typically quite sweet; they are usually
not aged for long but may have resting periods during their
production to allow flavors to marry.
A few popular
liqueurs include Amaretto, Kahlua, Jagermeister, a variety
of chocolate and coffee liqueurs and Chambord.
Liquors offers a full selection of fine liquor and