August 27, 2003

*What Do You Know About Adult Beverages?

About Adult Beverages...

"Brandy" refers to the unsweetened, distilled spirit derived from the juice of grapes. Brandy made from other fruits has the name of the fruit attached to it, such as apricot brandy.

Gin is made by fermenting mixtures of grains and flavoring the alcohol with juniper berries. The French word genievre for juniper is where the word "gin" comes from.

Rum is distilled from sugar cane by-products that result from the manufacturing of sugar. The rum is darkened by adding caramel and aged from 5 to 7 years.

Tequila is made from the fermented and distilled sap of agave plants, especially those grown in Mexico. The liquor is normally distilled twice to achieve purity and potency. It is not aged.

Vodka is a colorless almost tasteless liquid made by distilling grain, sugar beet, potato, or other starchy food material. The name is from the Russian word for water, voda.

Whiskey is generally distilled from grains, which may include barley, rye, oats, wheat, or corn. Nearly all Scotch whiskies are blends, normally distilled from barley malt cured with peat to give it a smoky flavor. Canadian whiskey is always a blend and is usually at least 6 years old when sold.

Posted by Jennifer at August 27, 2003 07:00 AM