Top Ten Favorite Alcoholic Drinks
Where would people be if alcohol had not been invented? Well, we’d be sober, parties would probably be less exciting, and bars would not be very fun. Sure, people wouldn’t throw up as much and hangovers wouldn’t exist at all, but isn’t drinking worth the hassle?
This list shows the top ten alcoholic drinks that people drink, how they came to be, and the reasons why they made the list in the first place.
Before it was known as sparkling wine, Champagne was a region at the crossroads of northern Europe. It gained its fame when it became the center of European trade during the middle ages. It was because of this that the famous Fairs of Champagne were created. These fairs were a benefit to the wine makers of Champagne because it gave them exposure and access to important wine markets. Contrary to legend and popular belief, Dom Perignon was not the inventor of sparkling wine. Thirty years before his work, an English scientist and physician named Christopher Merret documented a second fermentation by adding sugar. Therefore, around 1700, champagne, as we know it today was born. Although Dom Perignon did not invent champagne, he did develop many advances in its production.
9. Scotch Whisky
Many people aren’t aware though, that there are different types of Scotch whisky. There are two major categories, single malt and blended. Single means that the whole product came from a single distillery, while blended means that it is composed of whiskeys from two or more distilleries. The types of Scotch whisky are: single malt whiskey, single grain whiskey, vatted/pure/blended malt, blended grain, and blended scotch.
7. Tequila Shots
Where did this all begin? The drink’s origins are said to lie within Mexico’s Aztec people, who made a beverage from a plant called agave in a village called Tequila. There are different kinds of tequila. These are: blanco (silver), joven/oro (gold), reposado (aged), anejo (extra aged), and extra anejo (ultra aged). The most common type that people ingest is tequila gold.
One of the many reasons why tequila is popular is because it appeals to people who are image or health conscious. After all, everyone has seen and heard of “beer guts,” but there has yet to be any evidence that a “tequila gut” exists.
While many people like to drink it by itself, a majority prefer to consume it mixed with another beverage. One of the most popular “gin plus something” drinks are: martini, gin and tonic, gin and juice, and Tom Collins.
There are also classifications of gin: London Dry Gin, Plymouth Gin, Old Tom Gin, and Genever or Hollands Gin.
Popular vodka based cocktails include: Bloody Mary, Fuzzy Navel, and Black Russian. (Want to know other uses of vodka, read 21 amazing alternate uses for vodka)
There are a lot of different types of wine, especially since wine production has become a global industry. The types and name brands come from the type of grape and location of where it is cultivated. The color of the wine usually depends on the amount of time grape skins are left in the juice after being crushed and the taste differs depending on the type of grape. Red wine is produced when the grape skins are left for a long time while white wine is produced when the skin is left for only a short while. Many people enjoy wine because of its sweet flavor and effect.
* Many of us enjoy chugging a beer or downing a shot of tequila but not many of us know how satisfying it is to make your own drink. Why not try home winemaking? This craft will not only save you some cash but will also let you enjoy the fine way of making this delectable drink.
An early drink called brum is such an example. It dates back thousands of years and was produced by the Malay people. Marco Polo recorded an account in the 14th century of a “very good wine of sugar” that was given to him in what is modern day Iran. Its first distillation took place on a sugarcane plantation in the 17th century. The slaves of this plantation discovered that molasses can be fermented into alcohol. The distillation of these by products concentrated the alcohol and removed the impurities, thereby, producing the first rum.
This strong yet calming drink can be taken by itself or mixed with other beverages such as soda and juice. Drinks that can be made with rum as its base include: Pina Colada, Mai Tai, and Zombie.
Beer is categorized by yeast and these categories are: ale, lager, lambic beers, and pale and dark beer. It is also served in different ways such as: draught and keg, cask-conditioned ales, cans, and bottles.
What people love the most about beer is that it hits the spot. It is light yet still gives a satisfying feeling of contentedness. No wonder this drink, as old as it may be is still around and will for surely be for a very long time. (Want to learn how to create one, see how to make beer)
Man by nature is a social animal. It is within us to seek and enjoy the company of others. Maybe this is one of the reasons why alcohol drinks have been around since time immemorial. We drink with each other, become merry, and enjoy a brief yet welcome reprieve from the realities of life.
* Drinking and alcoholic drinks are a part of any celebration, such as holidays like Christmas. All of these famous drinks may be present during your Yuletide party, but if you want to be a bit more creative, you should try these unique beverages for your Christmas cocktail party.