• 11 Best Cocktail Mixers With Recipe

    Top 11 Best Cocktail Mixers With Recipe

    Enjoying a high-quality cocktail at home no longer requires a costly investment in bitters, liqueurs, and obscure base spirits. The range of bartender-quality, ready-to-drink cocktails has never been better. 

    From the perfect Moscow Mule to a Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned, drinking well at at home has never been easier thanks to these talented makers.

  • 20 Great Cocktail Recipes You Should Know

    20 Great Cocktail Recipes You Should Know

    Here are all the great cocktail recipes and alcoholic drinks you should know how to make, from the margarita to the whiskey sour. For traditionalists who like to keep things simple, these tried-and-true recipes will guarantee your drink is made perfectly.

  • 9 Basic Types of Wine

    9 Basic Types of Wine

    The sheer variety of wine bottles on store shelves or restaurant lists can be overwhelming. There are thousands of grape varieties in the world and even more kinds of wines made from them. Understanding a little more about the general wine types, their flavors, and how they’re made can help you choose the best wine to go with your moment or mood.

  • Different Types of Beer

    Different Types of Beer

    Beer has a long and rich history, dating back millennia and playing a vital role in the early development of human civilization. As its influence has spread, beer itself has changed, resulting in hundreds of different varieties that are enjoyed around the world. The question of how many types of beer styles there are and the numerous ways they are produced speaks to beer’s long-lasting impact and appreciation in human culture.

  • Similarities and Differences Between Hard Liquors: Gin, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, and Whiskey

    Similarities and Differences Between Hard Liquors: Gin, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, and Whiskey
    There are more similarities than differences between hard liquors or spirits. Gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and whiskey/whisky all make great cocktails, for example.
    All spirits are made by roughly the same process. Something sugary is fermented, during which yeast convert sugars to alcohol, and then distilled. Distillation is the process of bringing the fermented mash to a warm temperature and collecting the vaporized liquid. More of the alcohol, which has a lower boiling point, will evaporate than the water, so you get your high proof spirit. Some spirits are then aged or undergo some other special process and finally additional water is often added to achieve the desired strength, and the liquor is bottled. The things that change between liquors are what the initial sugary substance is, if and how it is aged, and other special things that happen along the way. Other factors, like the method if distillation, effect the flavor, but don't effect what type of liquor is made.
  • The 10 Most Popular Types of Wine

    The 10 Most Popular Types of Wine

    Although there are hundreds of different grape varietals, there are 10 wine types that are known as the most popular in the United States. Here is a brief description of each:

  • The 6 Main Types of Distilled Spirits

    The 6 Main Types of Distilled Spirits

    There are many distilled spirits available today, though there are just six base liquors that form the foundation of the majority of cocktails and liqueurs. Brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and whiskey are each unique and have distinct styles within themselves.

    Learn the basic characteristics of each of these liquors to give you an understanding of what makes each special and how to use them in drinks.

  • The Best Vodka Mixers

    The Best Vodka Mixers

    Vodka, the crystal clear spirit known for being the chameleon of the alcohol aisle. Its ability to blend with almost anything makes it one of the most congenial liquors to have in your collection. Over the years, its reputation has grown from being the Eastern European ethanol marketed to moms in the ’50s to a lifestyle choice for a more sophisticated, smarter cocktail connoisseur who relishes the versatility and health benefits of the smooth sauce.

  • What Is a Liquor or Distilled Spirit?

    What Is a Liquor or Distilled Spirit?

    What are alcoholic spirits, exactly? Basically they’re the biggest, brawniest older brother of the alcohol family. All alcoholic beverages are made by fermenting some form of sugary brew into ethanol and CO2. Because yeast can only ferment so much before alcohol levels become toxic to them, we have to distill (or physically separate out the water) to get higher alcohol concentrations. And that’s why “spirits” are differentiated in two ways: they’re distilled, and they have higher average ABVs, from around 20% to as high as 80 or 90% ABV (most spirits fall somewhere much closer to the middle).