The world of alcohol and spirits could be a little overwhelming for one, especially when it’s the first time you’re trying to delve in. Some may lead to stronger beverages some will rush on otherwise.
Between determining the difference between whiskey and whisky and learning that scotch and bourbon are not the same, there is a lot to learn about liquor. Also, it is very important to know what these Spirits are made of and what flavor you must appreciate in particular alcohol.
Fortunately, there are guides, like this, that can lead you to the right path and walk you through fun-beverage lanes and shed light on popular ways to drink them, and inform you on the background of the various kinds of liquor.
First, what are the facts you need to know about alcohol?
- Alcohol has a wide variety of effects. In the brain, it triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that’s associated with pleasure and satisfaction.
- The “alcohol” in alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, and spirits is actually ethanol, or ethyl alcohol. It’s the only type of alcohol that you can drink without causing serious damage to your body.
- Culture has a significant influence on how people consume alcohol. A study that explored family drinking in Italy found that Italians who drank at family meals while growing up were less likely to develop unhealthy drinking habits later on in life.
- Drinking red wine in moderation is believed to be good for the heart. Red wine contains resveratrol, a substance that helps control cholesterol, prevent blood vessel damage, and stop blood clots.
- Muscles absorb alcohol faster than fat. As a result, people who have more muscles and less body fat have higher alcohol tolerance.
Occasions where it’s fine to delve in alcohol (responsively)
Reunions of family, friends, past workmates, batchmates, reception, and many more.
There is nothing wrong with having a drink once in a while. It becomes a problem when it turns into binge drinking, but not everyone in college is a binge drinker. No one should be ashamed of relaxing and having a few drinks. But if you are drinking responsibly, it should never get to that point.
All sorts of wine, Red Wine, White Wine, Sparkling Wine, and many more. This beverage is made up of fermented juice grapes.
Fermentation is a process where yeast (added to juice or natural) acts with the sugar present in grape juice.
“Alcoholic fermentation is a biotechnological process accomplished by yeast, some kinds of bacteria, or a few other microorganisms to convert sugars into ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide. Alcoholic fermentation begins with the breakdown of sugars by yeasts to form pyruvate molecules, which is also known as glycolysis.” – from science direct. A scientific definition that can help to explain what fermentation really is.
The word “Beer” comes from a Germanic language and is with variations used in continental Germanic languages, bier in German and Dutch. The alcoholic beverage is produced by extracting raw materials with water, boiling (usually with hops), and fermenting.
Beer is made up of four (4) key ingredients – yeast, water, grain, and hops.
Champagne/ Sparkling Wine
What is sparkling wine? This is a type of wine with high carbon dioxide levels which creates frizz, or little bubbles when pouring and sitting on glass. The bubbles result from natural fermentation that occurs either in the bottle or in a large tank.
Many people refer to sparkling wine as Champagne. However, this term is exclusively reserved only for the sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France.
What are the types of Sparkling wine for you to try?
Semi-Sparkling Wine – semi-sparkling wine has a pressure between 1 and 2.5 atmospheres and is perfect if you want to take it easy on the bubbles. Some fine examples are the Italian Frizzante, French Pétillant, and German Spritzig wines.
Red Sparkling Wine – red sparkling wines are made with red grapes without removing their skins, which tints the wine red.
Rum is an alcoholic beverage that is made with the help of molasses (a by-product of the sugar-making process). Rum can be white, golden, or dark depending on the time it has been aged. Some examples are Bacardi, Havana Club, Captain Morgan, Contessa, Appleton.
So there you have it, a guide to each of the best alcoholic drinks we recommend for beginners. Remember to take things slow and experiment with the different tastes and through time you will know which drinks you like and which you don’t.
Following our recommendations is a great way to introduce yourself to alcohol and make it an enjoyable experience.