Spirits

Distilled Alcohol

A distilled beverage, spirit, liquor, hard liquor or hard alcohol is an alcoholic beverage produced by distillation of grains, fruit, or vegetables that have already gone through alcoholic fermentation. The distillation process purifies the liquid and removes diluting components like water, for the purpose of increasing its proportion of alcohol content (commonly expressed as alcohol by volume, ABV). As distilled beverages contain significantly more alcohol, they are considered “harder” – in North America, the term hard liquor is used to distinguish distilled beverages from un-distilled ones.

Vodka
  • Colour: clear
  • Region: can be made anywhere, including the U.S., though historically associated with Russia, Poland, and the European “Vodka Belt”
  • Abv: 40% abv (recommended)
  • Aged: generally not aged
  • Made from: commonly made from grains, like sorghum, rye, rice, wheat, but can also be made from fruits (grapes, apples, etc.), vegetables (corn, potatoes, etc.)
  • Commerical Examples: Smirinoff, Tito’s, Grey Goose, Russian Standard, Absolut, Luksusowa, Sobieski, Stolichnaya
  • Premium Examples: odd society (local), ketel one, sheringham (local)
  • Popular Vodka Cocktails: Moscow Mule, Vodka Tonic, Vodka Martini, Vesper, Cosmopolitan
Gin
  • Colour: clear
  • Region: produced heavily in the U.K. but can be produced anywhere, historically from Holland; only 13 gins have “geographical indications”
  • Abv: minimum 40% abv
  • Aged: possibly, 3 to 6 months if desired, but not necessary
  • Made from: usually a grain mash (could be barley or corn), can be made from any mash to produce a neutral spirit that’s then infused with botanicals including juniper
  • Commercial Examples: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, Gordons, Beefeater
  • Premium Examples: Noteworthy Gin, Stump Jump Gin, Gin Mare, Longtable Distillery Gin (local), Legend Distilling Gin (local)
  • Popular Cocktails: gin martini, gin gimlet, gin and tonic, Negroni, Tom Collins, The Last Word
Rum
  • Colour: clear, light amber, dark amber
  • Region: rum can legally be distilled anywhere in the world, but it’s most commonly associated with places like Trinidad, Jamaica, Cuba, Guyana, Barbados, Mexico, etc.
  • Abv: 40% abv minimum
  • Aging: many, but not all, rums are aged
  • Commercial Examples: Appleton, Bacardi, Mount Gay, Captain Morgans, Sailor Jerrys, Lambs, Havana Club
  • Premium Examples: Bumbu, Kraken, Ron Barcelo
  • Popular Cocktails: Pina Colada, Daiquiri, Mojito, Pina Colada, Dark ‘n Stormy, Mai Tai, Cuba Libre
Rye Whiskey
  • Colour: rich amber
  • Region: can legally be produced anywhere in the U.S.
  • Abv: minimum 40% abv
  • Aged: no aging minimum, but often aged in new charred oak; “straight rye” aged at least 2 years
  • Made from: at least 51% rye
  • Commercial Examples: Crown Royal, Canadian Club, Royal Reserve, Wisers
  • Premium Examples: Lot 40, Knob Creek
  • Popular Cocktails: Sazerac, Brooklyn, Rye Old Fashioned
Tennessee Whiskey/Bourbon
  • Colour: light brown to rich amber
  • Region: Tennessee/Kentucky
  • Abv: at least 40% abv
  • Aged: in charred new oak barrels
  • Made from: 51% corn, filledoutwithrye, barley, orwheat
  • Commercial Examples: Jack Daniel’s,Jim Beam, Wild Turkey
  • Premium Examples: Basil Haydens, Bulleit, Woodford Reserve, Makers Mark
  • Popular Cocktails: Mint Julep, Whiskey Sour, Old Fashioned
Scotch Whiskey
  • Colour: pale straw/gold to rich, nutty amber
  • Region: Scotland
  • Abv:minimum 40% abv
  • Aged:“Scotch Whisky” must be aged in oak casks for minimum 3 years, often much longer; youngest scotch in the bottle dictates the age statement
  • Made from: barley and other grains
  • Commercial Examples: Ballantines, Grants, Famous Grouse, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, McClellands
  • Premium Examples: Balvenie, Glenmorangie, Laphroaig, Macallan
  • Popular Cocktails: Whiskey Sour, the Rusty Nail, the Blood and Sand
Tequila
  • Colour: clear, light gold, rich amber
  • Region: the majority are made in the Jalisco State of Mexico (technically it can also be made in Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas)
  • Abv: typically 40% abv
  • Aged: Blanco/Joven 0-2 months; Reposado 2 months-1 year; Anejo 1-3 years; Extra Anejo at least 3 years
  • Made from:blue weber agave
  • Commercial Examples:1800 Tequila, Patron, Cazadores, El Jimador, Sauza
  • Premium Examples: Don Julio, Corzo Anejo, Creyente Mezcal, Espolon, Agavero
  • Popular Cocktails: Paloma, Margarita, Tequila Sunrise, El Diablo, Bloody Maria
Brandy
  • Colour: varies, light amber to rich ruby-brown
  • Region: Armagnac and Cognac regions of France, but brandy can technically be made anywhere
  • Abv: 40% abv (for Cognac), higher for Armagnac
  • Aged:varies
  • Made from: white wine grapes, ugni blanc (Cognac), ugni blanc, colombard, baco blanc, and folle blanche (Armagnac)
  • Commercial Examples: Courvoisier, Remy Martin, Hennessey, Du Jardin, St. Remy, D’eaubonne, Grand Marnier, Courvoisier
  • Popular Cocktails: The Metropolitan, Sidecar, Vieux Carre, Brandy Crusta, Mint Julep (pre-civil war-era juleps were made with Cognac!), New York Sour

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