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Types of Alcohol

Types of Alcohol and liquor

Alcohol comes in many forms and variations all around the world. This article will list those types out and list the popular brands for each alcohol type.

Beer or Ale


Alcohol Details: Beer is produced from malted grains or grains that have been sprouted and heated. Brewing beer involves converting the grain to sugar. Once this conversion has been done the sugar is then fermented with various forms of yeast and flavorings for the beer. Beer is then preserved with hops. Hops are a flower that is known to have a bitter taste and is used to balance the sweetnees of malt.

Variations of name (ingredients vary): Lager, Stout, Ale, Cider, Beer, Porter, Cooler
Pilsner, Breezer

Alcohol percentage: 2.0% to 16%

Ingredient variations:

  • Grain
    • Rye: Rye Beer
    • Wheat: Wheat Beer
    • Barley: Beer, Ale
    • Corn: Corn Beer
    • Rice: Rice Beer
    • Millet: Millet Beer
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  • Fruits
    • Apples: Cider
    • Malt and fuit: Fruit malt beverages
    • Ginger and raisins: Ginger Beer
    • Pears: Pear Cider
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  • Vegtables
    • Ginger: Ginger Beer
    • Potatoes: Potato Beer

    Popular beer brands:

  • Budweiser
  • Amstel
  • Heineken
  • Miller
  • Coors
  • Samuel Adams

  • Wines and Champagne


    Alcohol Details: Wine is produced the process of taking fruits such as grapes and placing them into a large vat to be crushed. Yeast is then added to begin the fermentation process of wine. The added yeast interacts with sugar from the fruit that was crushed in the vat. The yeast fermentation process creates the alcohol. After the fermentation process, the solid pieces left over are removed and the remaining fermented batch is aged in wooden casks.

    Name Variations (ingredients vary): White wine(riesling, gewurztraminer,chardonnay,sauvignon blanc), Red wine(zifandel, syrah, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir), Rose Wine, Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Vermouth, Port Wine, Fortified Wine

    Alcohol percentage: 7% to 24%

    Ingredient variations:

  • Fruits
    • Grapes: Red Wine, White Wine, Champagne
    • Ginger and raisins: Ginger Wine
    • Plum: Plum Wine
    • Pomace: pomace Wine
  • Rice
    • Sake

    Popular Wine Brands:

  • Jordan Vineyard & Winery
  • Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
  • Cakebread Cellars
  • Silver Oak Wine Cellars
  • Ferrari-Carano Winery

  • Distilled Spirits


    Alcohol Details: Alcoholic spirits are put through a distillation process that involves the spirit being distilled from fermented grains, fruits, or Vegtables. Sometimes alcohol spirits are malted, distilled, aged or distilled, filtered and aged. Aging is not done everytime on every alcoholic spirit

    Alcohol percentage: 25% to 85%



    Alcohol: Clear in form, distilled to be fresh and clean tasting and clear looking. Vodka can also contain added flavors. Major consumers of vodka are in the Russian area of Euro-Asia.

    Types of vodka:

  • Pure Vodka
  • Potato Vodka
  • Flavored Vodka
  • Ingredient Variations:

  • Mash/Wheat
  • Rye
  • Corn
  • potatoes
  • Popular Vodka Brands:

  • Skyy Vodka
  • Ciroc Vodka
  • Absolut Vodka
  • Skyy Vodka
  • Smirnoff Vodka
  • Top 10 Vodka List
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    Alcohol: Brown (Gold) or clear (silver, white, Blanco) in color. Distilled from fermented juice from the agave plant. Tequila originates from one specific location in Mexico.

    Types of Tequila:

  • Clear(silver, white, Blanco) Tequila
  • Joven/Gold Tequila
  • Reposado Tequila
  • Anejo Tequila
  • Extra Anejo Tequila
  • Ingredient Variations:

  • Juice of Agave Plant
  • Popular Tequila Brands:

  • Cabo Wabo Tequila
  • Jose Cuervo Tequila
  • Patron Tequila
  • 1800 Tequila
  • Top 10 Tequila List



    Alcohol: Clear or dark in form, distilled from molassesor sugar cane. Rum can also contain added flavors. Major rum distillers are located mostly in the Caribbean.

    Types of Rum:

  • Dark/Gold Rum
  • Clear/White Rum
  • Black Rum
  • Spiced Rum
  • Anejo Rum
  • Flavored Rum
  • Ingredient Variations:

  • Juice of Sugarcane
  • Molasses
  • Popular Rum Brands:

  • Goslings rum
  • Captain Morgan Rum
  • Bacardi Rum
  • Sailor Jerry Rum
  • Top 10 Rum List
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    Alcohol: Brown or dark in color and distilled from mash, corn, or potatoes. Whiskey is primarily Distilled in the USA, and Scotland. Other countries like Japan and Australia are known to produce whiskey too.

    Types of Whiskey:

  • Bourbon Whiskey
  • Scotch Whisky
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Wheat Whiskey
  • Ingredient Variations:

  • Mash
  • Rye
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Popular Whiskey Brands:

  • Jim Beam Whiskey
  • Jack Daniels Whiskey
  • Maker’s Mark Whiskey
  • Jameson Whiskey
  • Top 10 Whiskey List



    Alcohol: Colorless in nature. Gin is created from already distilled alcohol and then flavored with Juniper berries and other various herbs

    Types of Gin:

  • Distilled
  • London and Plymouth
  • Old Toms Gin
  • Dutch Genever
  • Popular Gin Brands:

  • Tanqueray Gin
  • Beefeater Gin
  • Hendrick’s Gin
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    Alcohol: Distilled from the wine of fermented juice (Yeast added in). Brandy is very Prominent in France

    Types of Brandy:

  • Dried fruit brandy
  • Cognac brandy
  • Pomace brandy
  • Residue brandy
  • Blended applejack
  • Popular Brandy Brands:

  • Remy martin
  • Hennessy
  • Martell
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    Alcohol: Green in nature and very strong in alcohol percent, and flavored from anise and wormwood. Absinthe is also known by the knickname the green fairy. Absinthe is distilled from wormwood and various herbs. It sometimes contains Thujone which is falsely reported to be a hallucinogenic. Absinthe has a reputation to be taboo and also known for being a mysterious drink. Absinthe is usually consumed mixed with three to five parts water mixed.

    Types of Absinthe:

  • Distilled
  • Mixed
  • Pastis
  • Vendora
  • Popular Absinthe Brands:

  • Pernod Absinthe
  • Absinthe Original
  • Harris Absinthe
  • Top 10 Absinthe list
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    Alcohol: Ouzo is distilled from Pomace. Ouzo is known to be very prominent in Greece, Italy, Turkey, and France. Ouzo is also known to Sometimes contain opium.

    Popular Brands:

  • Sambuca
  • Ouzo Kefi
  • Dimino Ouzo
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    Other types of Distilled Alcohol



  • Korn:(Germany) Made from Rye
  • Aila:(Nepal) Made from Rice
  • Rice Baijiu:(China) Made from Rice
  • Awamori:(Japan) Made from Rice
  • Maotai:(China) Made from Sorghum
  • Horilka:(Ukraine) Made from Wheat
  • Soju:(Korea) Made from Rice
  • Gaoliang:(China) Made from Sorghum
  • Shochu:(Japan) Made from Buckwheat
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  • Pisco:(Chile and Peru) Made from Grapes
  • Torko:(Hungary) Made from Grapes
  • Rakia:(Balkans) Made from Grapes
  • Eau-de-vie:(France) Made from Pears
  • Palinka:(Hungary) Made from Pears
  • Gouqi Jiu:(China) Made from Gouqi
  • Armagnac:(France) Made from Grapes
  • Singani:(Bolivia) Made from Grapes
  • Made from Grapes
  • Lambanog:(India, Phillipines) Made from Coconut
  • Tescovina:(Romania) Made from Pomace
  • Marc:(France) Made from Pomace
  • Aguardente:(Portugal) Made from Pomace
  • Zivania:(Cyprus) Made from Pomace
  • Grappa:(Italy) Made from Pomace
  • Trester:(Germany) Made from Pomace
  • Arak:(Iraq) Made from Pomace
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  • Horilka:(Ukraine) Made from potatoes
  • Poitin:(Ireland) Made from potatoes
  • Shochu:(Japan) Made from Sweet potatoes
  • Akavit:(Scandinavia) Made from potatoes
  • Pinga/Cachaca:(Brasil) Made from Sugarcane/Molasses
  • Soju:(Korea) Made from Sweet potatoes
  • Mezcal:(Mexico) Made from Agave
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  • Shochu:(Japan) Made from sugar
  • Arrack:(N/A) Made from Tree SAP
  • Arkhi:(Mongolia) Made from Milk
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    Liqueurs or Cordials

    Alcohol Details: Liqueurs and Cordials are flavored alcohol that have aquired this flavor from being infused with flavors from various fruits, flowers, herbs, woods, chocolates, etc. After the liqueur flavoring process sugar is then added to the liqueur. Cream is also known to be added to alcohol liqueurs too..

    Alcohol percentage: 13% to 55%

    Ingredient variations:

  • Chocolate
  • Fruits
  • herbs and spices
  • Cream
  • Popular Brands:

  • Barenjager
  • Amaretto
  • Hypnotiq
  • Jagermeister
  • Bailys
  • Kahlua
  • Lemocello

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