Intoxication 101: Top Ten Most Popular Liquor Drinks

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Posted on January 12th, 2008


Partying
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All over the world, people enjoy the good times with the accompaniment of alcoholic drinks. The enjoyment brought about by a bottle of beer, a cocktail, margarita, or a shot of Tequila is incomparable to that brought about by non-alcoholic drinks. Though there are local preferences, the usage of liquor drinks remains more or less the same all throughout the world.

There are many types of alcoholic drinks that are enjoyed by people from all cultures. Alcoholic drinks are generally made from purified distillations of vegetables, fruits, and grains that have been fermented. Alcoholic drinks are generally divided into the following groups: spirits, which are low in sugar content; liqueurs, which have added flavors and high sugar content; and other alcoholic beverages such as wine, mead, and beer.

Here is a list of the top ten most popular liquor drinks all over the world. Read on to intoxicate yourself.

1) Beer: The Brew of Life

The Beer
All time Favorite
Beer is the world’s most popular drink as it is enjoyed in all parts of the world. Discovered by the Sumerians, beer drinking then (and to this day) is considered a divine experience. In the past, if you wanted to drink beer, you had to brew it yourself, but today beer is sold in every corner of the world, in grocery stores, bars, restaurants, and liquor shops. With beer’s importance to the drinking world, several countries hold annual beer festivals. The most popular one is Oktoberfest celebrated during October every year in Germany and most parts of the world. (Tips on how to make beer)

2) Toast to Good Life with Wine

Wine
Red Wine
Wine is the second most popular drink, and is also more popular than beer in some places in the world. Wine has been consumed throughout history in various rituals, events, and daily situations. There are many different varieties of wine, each used for specific purposes. Wine is widely used in cooking various dishes (Learn how to pair wine with food). Aside from this, wine is also a good accompaniment to meals and desserts. Red wines, white wines, and sparkling wines are the more popular types of wine consumed around the world.

3) Vodka: The Alcohol That Leaves You Breathless

Vodka
Sky Vodka
Vodka is the next most popular drink in the world. It is a clear liquid that is made from fermented potatoes, grains, or sugar beet molasses. It also contains purified water and ethanol. Favored for its distinctive taste that can be changed and altered with the addition of various flavorings, vodka is one of the most used liquors in making bar or cocktail drinks. Vodka also owes its popularity around the world to its relative odorlessness.

4) Warm Up With Whiskey

Whiskey
Rye Whiskey
Whiskey is made by distillation of fermented grain mash that has been aged in wooden oak casks or barrels. There are different varieties of whiskey, each variety’s name derived from the place where it was made. Examples of whiskeys are Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey, Welsh whiskey, Bourbon, and Rye. Whiskey is usually drunk neat, although it is also widely used to make cocktail drinks.

5) Dance to the Beat of the Drums with Rum

The Rum
The Three Colors of Rum
Rum is the fifth most popular liquor in the world. It is made of molasses and sugarcane juice that has undergone fermentation, distillation, and aging in oak barrels. Rum is mostly produced in the Caribbean, South America, Australia, India, and other parts of Asia. There are a variety of styles of rum: light, dark, and golden. Most cocktail recipes use light rum, while cooking recipes use golden and dark rums Premium rums are drunk neat or on the rocks.

6) Tequila: The Life of the Party

Tequilla
Varieties of Tequila
With the help of North American college students who spend their spring breaks in Mexico, tequila is the sixth most popular liquor in the world. Its name was derived from the Mexican town of Tequila, where the drink was originally made. Tequila is made from blue agave, and is available in five different varieties: gold or oro (un-aged with coloring); white or blanco, silver or plata (un-aged); rested or reposado (aged two months to less than a year); aged, vintage or añejo (aged one year to three years); and extra-aged or maduro (aged for a minimum of three years). Tequila is usually drunk in shots, and is also widely used as a cocktail ingredient.

7) Start the Party Right with Brandy

Brandy
LepereJules Brandy
Brandy, which is made from grapes, fermented juice, or pomace, is the fifth most popular drink in the world. It is usually consumed as an after-dinner drink. There are different types of brandy that are classified based on the substance used and the aging period. Cognac and Brandy de Jerez are the two most popular variants of grape brandy. Brandy is best drunk neat or on the rocks, although it is also used in a variety of cocktail drinks.

8) Gin: Drinking It All In

White Gin
The London Dry Gin
Gin, the seventh most popular drink in the world, is a spirit made from grain and flavored with juniper berries. Aside from juniper, lemon and bitter orange peel are also used to flavor gin. Other, less commonly used flavorings are anise, cinnamon, coriander, orris root, angelica root and seed, licorice root, and cassia bark. London dry gin is the most popular type of gin. Gin is generally used for mixing cocktail drinks, or is drunk neat or on the rocks.

9) Cream and Crème Liqueurs: Sweetly Intoxicating

Irish Cream
Baileys
Cream and crème liqueurs are the ninth most popular alcoholic drink in the world. Both are made from various alcoholic drinks and a variety of flavorings, and have high sugar content. Cream liqueurs include dairy cream among their ingredients, while crème liqueurs do not. Both are used in cocktail drinks, or in cooking recipes, and are also popularly drunk on the rocks. Examples of cream liqueurs are Bailey’s Irish Cream, which is made with Irish whiskey and cream; and Dooley’s, which has toffee and vodka. Examples of crème liqueurs are crème de cacao, crème de menthe, and crème de cassis.

10) Cool Down With Schnapps

Schnapps
The American Schnapps
Schnapps is a type of alcoholic drink that is of German origin. It is made from fermented cereals, and various fruits such as cherries, pears, apples, plums, peaches, and apricots. Real schnapps do not contain any sugar or added flavoring and have the same consistency as vodka. There are two main types of schnapps: German and American. Schnapps are drunk straight up, or mixed in various cocktail recipes. The most popular cocktail drink made with schnapps is Sex on the Beach.

With the variety of alcohol drinks all over the world, it would not be hard for you to find the best drink to make you intoxicated. Do not forget to drink in moderation!




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