98% of people can't answer these questions about liquor! Can you?


By: John Miller

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Humans have created a dazzling (and intoxicating) range of alcoholic beverages, and the most potent are called liquors. How much do you know about Earth's most famous liquors?

Which liquor is made from fermented sugar cane?

Rum is made from parts of the sugar cane plant. Then, most rums are aged in oak barrels to give them a more complex flavor.


Which liquor is used in a margarita?

Margaritas are a staple of Mexican restaurants everywhere. And of course, no Mexican drink is complete without tequila.


If you're drinking illegally-made liquor, you're drinking what?

Moonshine is the catchall word for illegally-made booze. During Prohibition, moonshine was a common (and sometimes hazardous) drink.


Which liquor is often praised for being a superior "blend" of ingredients?

Whiskey makers often tout the smoothness of their best-selling whiskeys. Some blended whiskeys are known as cheap (and gross), but some of the most expensive whiskeys are carefully blended recipes.


Which liquor has a reputation for giving imbibers trippy hallucinations?

For centuries, absinthe has perpetuated a reputation for producing strange reactions in the human mind. The supposed key ingredient? Wormwood, which few mass-marketed absinthe drinks actually contain in their recipes.


Which liquor is traditionally served from a small porcelain cup?

The Japanese are all about traditions, especially during the consumption of sake. The beverage is traditionally served in cute little porcelain cups.


Which liquor was traditionally made from potatoes?

Vodka was traditionally made from fermented potatoes. It's also traditionally consumed "neat," without any mixers or other additives.


Which liquor is made from the blue agave plant?

Tequila is a distilled beverage made from blue agave. Agave is a desert plant that's particularly high in sugar, which makes it perfect for making liquor.


Scotch is a type of what?

Scotch is Scotch whiskey. To qualify as Scotch whiskey, the beverage must be barrel-aged for at least three years.


Which of the following is made from fermented rice?

The Japanese are famous for their wide selection of sake. Sake is known as a fermented rice wine but it's actually made with a process that resembles beer brewing.


If you're referring to "rye," you're drinking which type of liquor?

Rye is one of several categories of whiskey. Because it's made with particularly flavorful grain, ryes are known to be rather spicy in comparison to other whiskeys.


Which of the following liquors is used to make a Manhattan?

Manhattans are a common bar concoction. The typical recipe blends rye whiskey with vermouth, some bitters, and, of course, a cherry.


Which type of whiskey is made from mostly corn mash?

Bourbon is a type of whiskey that must be made mostly from corn mash. Bourbon is a highly-regarded (and much-exported) product of the American South.


"Vodka" is an alternate form of the Slavic word "Voda," which means what?

The Slavic word "voda" essentially means water. Vodka is easily one of the world's most popular liquors.


Which liquor is essentially flavored wine?

Vermouth is a type of fortified wine that's flavored with all sorts of herbs and spices. There are two traditional categories of vermouth: sweet and dry.


Jack Daniels is a famous brand of which type of liquor?

Jack Daniels has made a fortune selling its famous whiskey. The black-and-white label is one of the most recognizable labels in the spirits section.


Absolut is a top-selling brand of which liquor?

Absolut is one of the best-known brands on Earth. The company sells a popular line of vodkas.


Which liquor is traditionally consumed in Greece?

Ouzo is one of the most famous beverages consumed in Greece. It's an aperitif that has a distinctive anise taste.


Which liquor has been strongly linked to the artistic community?

With its supposed mind-altering properties, absinthe has been strongly linked to many artists, from Lord Byron to Vincent Van Gogh. The drink's psychoactive effects seem to be mostly a product of overactive imaginations.


Which famous liquor is often produced in the Caribbean region?

The Caribbean is famous for its sugar cane rum. It's often offered in both light and dark versions, the latter of which is enjoyable neat, like Scotch.


Which liquor is typically aged in charred white oak barrels?

Whiskey come in all sorts of variations. But many whiskeys are aged in charred white oak barrels that give them a smoother, more complex flavor.


A gimlet is a mixed drink that uses which liquor?

Gimlets are simple and refreshing. The basic recipe requires lime juice and your favorite gin.


A classic piña colada relies on which liquor?

The pina colada is a famous drink of the Caribbean. It's no wonder, then, that this fruity, creamy drink requires quality rum.


Which liquor gets its distinctive flavor from juniper berries?

Gin relies heavily on juniper berries for flavor. As any gin drinker can tell you, gins vary widely, depending on the brand and recipe.


Cognac is a specific type of which liquor?

Cognac is a specific type of brandy. In order to qualify as genuine cognac, it must be distilled twice in copper pot stills and then aged for a minimum of two years in French oak barrels.


Which type of liquor (particularly in Western countries) is often touted as being repeatedly distilled to remove flavors?

Western companies make a killing by bragging about the fancy distillation processes of their vodkas. Some drinkers prefer vodkas that have no taste whatsoever.


Which liquor is made from a plant that's categorized as a succulent?

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, which is a succulent that grows in high-altitude deserts. Producers chop off the leaves of the plant so that it expends most of its energy growing its sugar-heavy heart, which is then harvested for tequila.


Which liquor is made by distilling wine?

Take a base wine, properly distill it, and you wind up with brandy. Brandy is a potent drink that's often served after a heavy meal.


Which liquor is frequently used as a substitute for white wine in certain recipes?

Vermouth, being a type of fortified wine, often makes for a perfect substitute for white wine. In some cases, it even adds a nice flavor that accentuates a recipe.


If you're talking about a "single-malt" liquor, you're most likely referring to which beverage?

Single-malt Scotches are among the most prized alcoholic beverages on the market. They're specially made in pot stills and sourced from a single distillery, unlike blended Scotches.


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