10 Alcohols Stories & How They Are Made

1. Vodka – traditionally made from potatoes

Vodka is traditionally made from fermented potatoes or grains of sorghum and / or cereals, essentially anything with a large amount of starch. It is one of the most beloved and used alcoholic beverages, as well as cocktails like Martini, Cosmopolitan and Bloody Mary.

2. Whiskey – aged in charred wood from White Oak

Generally made from fermented cereal mash, including barley, corn (corn), rye and wheat, the whiskey is fermented / aged in charred white oak wood, giving it a distinctive taste. Whiskey can not be aged in barrels and once bottled, the aging process is stopped. A good whiskey should contain 40% alcohol by volume.

3. Brandy – is actually a type of wine

Brandy making is similar to wine, except that it is made from early grapes to achieve higher acidity. Brandy contains 35-60% alcohol by volume and is usually consumed as a drink after dinner. Although cognac can be made from any fruit, traditional brandy is still made using grapes. Brandies, unlike whiskeys, are grown in wooden casks or caramel dyes.

4. Cognac – can be made using only special grapes called Ugni Blanc

Although Cognac is technically a type of brandy, it has a special mention because it can only be manufactured if certain conditions are met. For example, Ugni Blancgrapes, in Ugni Blancgrapes, must be distilled in copper stills and must be aged for at least two years in French oak barrels from the French regions of Limousin and Tronçais. Wow!

5. Vermouth – also a type of wine with Brandy in it

Vermouth is technically a type of wine that has sugar, spices and all that is good. I'm joking, but Vermouth is actually infused with roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, spices and enriched by adding brandy. Vermouth is traditionally of 2 types - sweet (less acidity) and dry (more acidity) and is most famous for being an ingredient in the beloved Martini.

6. Beer – made from barley, yeast, water and hops

The production of beer requires 4 ingredients: barley, water, hops and yeast. The sugars of barley are extracted with alcohol by the yeast. Although barley has traditionally been used in the production of beer, other cereals such as rye, corn, rice and wheat have been tested. And when it comes to experimenting with flavors - the sky is the limit.

7. Port Wine – is actually sweet in taste

Port wine is a type of wine traditionally produced in Portugal and its particularity is that it is sweet. Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cao, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Francesa and Touriga Nacional grape varieties

8. Rum – is made from sugarcanes. WTF?

Rum, one of the most popular distilled beverages, is made directly from sugarcane by-products or sugar cane juice, and distilled. The liquid obtained is then aged in barrels. It's weird, how can you love the old Monk, right?

9. Absinthe – alcohol made from medicinal herbs

Absinthe is one of the most mysterious alcohols around. It is traditionally the spirit of anise derived from plants, including flowers and leaves of the plant "great wormwood" and with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary plants they give green (sometimes light color). Absinthe is an absolutely powerful alcohol, with an alcohol content of 45 to 74% and can be flavored with many other herbs or flavors.
Absinthe is traditionally drunk with a spoon on top of the glass. A cube of sugar is placed on the top of the glass and is added to the cube to both sweeten and dilute the alcohol. The process of burning the cube sugar cube later.

10. Gin – gets its name from Juniper berries

Gin can be prepared using juniper, coriander, citrus zest, cinnamon, almond or licorice, with neutral grain alcohol. Gin gets its name from being made from juniper berries traditionally and is similar to vodka, except that all the flavors in gin are all natural.

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