|Types of Alcoholic Beverages
The variety of alcohol types, different brands,
and mixing ingredients is sometimes overwhelming. SYRUP Magazine
makes it easy for you to gain a clear understanding of each
type of alcohol and mixing ingrediants by breaking them down
to their basic classes: Spirits, Liqueurs, Wines & Champagnes,
Beers, and Mixers.
GIN - a colorless alcoholic beverage made
by distilling or redistilling rye or other grain spirits and
adding juniper berries or aromatics such as anise, caraway
seeds, or angelica root as flavoring.
VODKA - originally distilled from fermented
wheat mash but now also made from a mash of rye, corn, or
RUM - distilled from cane juice, or from
the scummings of the boiled juice, or from treacle or molasses,
or from the lees of former distillations. Also, sometimes
used colloquially as a generic or a collective name for intoxicating
WHISKEY - distilled from grain, potatoes,
etc., especially in Scotland, Ireland, and the United States.
In the United States, whisky is generally distilled from maize,
rye, or wheat, but in Scotland and Ireland it is often made
from malted barley.
TEQUILA - an alcoholic liquor distilled from
the fermented juice of the Central American century plant
BRANDY - an alcoholic liquor distilled from
wine or fermented fruit juice.
Liqueurs are flavored spirits prepared by infusing certain
woods, fruits, or flowers, in either water or alcohol, and
adding sugar, etc. Others are distilled from aromatic or flavoring
WINES & CHAMPAGNE
RED WINE - wine having a red color derived
from skins of dark-colored grapes.
WHITE WINE - any wine of a clear, transparent
color, bordering on white, as Madeira, sherry, Lisbon, etc.;
-- distinguished from wines of a deep red color, as port and
ROSE WINE - pinkish table wine from red grapes
whose skins were removed after fermentation began.
CHAMPAGNE - a sparkling white wine made from
a blend of grapes, especially Chardonnay and pinot, produced
SPARKLING WINE - any of various effervescent
wines, such as champagne, produced by a process involving
fermentation in the bottle.
VERMOUTH - a sweet or dry fortified wine
flavored with aromatic herbs and used chiefly in mixed drinks.
LAGER - a type of beer of German origin that
contains a relatively small amount of hops and is aged from
six weeks to six months to allow sedimentation.