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Liquor (also hard liquor, hard alcohol, spirit, or distilled drink) is an alcoholic drink produced by distillation of grains, fruit, or vegetables that have already gone through alcoholic fermentation. The distillation process purifies the liquid and removes diluting components like water, for the purpose of increasing its proportion of alcohol content (commonly expressed as alcohol by volume, ABV). As liquors contain significantly more alcohol, they are considered "harder" – in North America, the term hard liquor is used to distinguish distilled alcoholic drinks from non-distilled ones.
As examples, this term does not include beverages such as beer, wine, mead, sake, or cider, as they are fermented but not distilled. These all have a relatively low alcohol content, typically less than 15%. Brandy is a liquor produced by the distillation of wine, and has an ABV of over 35%. Other examples of liquors include vodka, baijiu, gin, rum, tequila, mezcal, and whisky. (Also see list of alcoholic drinks, and liquors by national origin.)
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The Doctor cocktail is a pre-prohibition era cocktail that traces in drink guides to as far back as 1917, when it appeared in Hugo R. Ensslin's Recipes for Mixed Drinks. As originally described the cocktail called simply for Swedish Punsch mixed with lime juice.
Like many older cocktails, many variations with the same name have been created over time, and drink guides sometimes listed multiple variations in the same book. The core of the cocktail consists of swedish punsch and some variation of citrus (lime, lemon, or orange), with later variations skewing away from lime and also adding jamaican rum. Read more...
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Born in Inverness, Doctor James C. "Jim" Crow (1789–1856) has sometimes been loosely credited as the perfecter of the sour mash process used in creating bourbon whiskey. There are no historical records pinpointing him as the creator.
Dr. Crow, a Scottish chemist-physician, graduated in medicine from Edinburgh University in 1822. He moved from Philadelphia to Kentucky in 1823 and began working for a distiller, utilizing his scientific and medical training. Read more...
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(; Russian: [smʲɪrˈnof]
) is a brand of vodka
owned and produced by the British
. The Smirnoff brand began with a vodka distillery
founded in Moscow
by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov
(1831–1898). It is now distributed in 130 countries and produced in several countries including Albania
, the Philippines
, the United Kingdom
and the United States
. Smirnoff products include vodka
, flavoured vodka
, and malt beverages
. In March 2006, Diageo North America said that Smirnoff vodka was the best-selling distilled spirit brand in the world. In 2015 India's Officer's Choice
overtook Smirnoff vodka to become the world's largest selling spirit brand. In 2014, Smirnoff was the best selling vodka across the world.
The vodka is made using a traditional charcoal filtration method developed by P. A. Smirnoff. Recipe No. 21 that was created by P. A.'s son Vladimir after escaping Russia
during the October Revolution
. Read more...
The Old Tullamore Distillery
was an Irish whiskey
distillery which was established in Tullamore
, County Offaly
, in 1829. The original home of Tullamore Dew
Irish whiskey, the distillery closed in 1954, having endured financial difficulties for many years, like many Irish whiskey distilleries of the early 20th century.
The Tullamore Dew brand was later sold to John Powers & Co.
, now part of Irish Distillers
, with production transferred to the Midleton Distillery
. In 2010, the brand was purchased by William Grant & Sons
, who invested €35 million in the construction of a new distillery in Tullamore. The new Tullamore Distillery
opened in 2014, bringing production of the whiskey back to Tullamore following a break of sixty years. Read more...
; Scottish Gaelic
: Taigh-stail an Òbain
) is a whisky distillery
in the Scottish
west coast port of Oban
. Established in 1794, it was built before the town of the same name, which sprung up later in the surrounding craggy harbour.
Oban distillery is owned by Diageo
. It has only two pot stills
, making it one of the smallest in Scotland, producing a whisky that has been described as having a "West Highland" flavour that falls between the dry, smoky style of the Scottish islands and the lighter, sweeter malts of the Highlands. Read more...
Nun's Island Distillery
was an Irish whiskey
distillery which operated in Galway
, Ireland, from at least 1815, and possibly as early as the late 1700s, until circa 1908.
At its peak, in the late 1800s, output at the distillery reached 400,000 gallons per annum, and with a workforce of over 100, the distillery was one of the largest local employers. Owned by the Persse family from the 1840s onwards, the distillery produced single pot still whiskey
known as Persse's Galway Whiskey. The whiskey was sold locally in Connacht
, where for much of the 1800s, Nun's Island was the only licensed distillery. However, it was also exported, and is said to have been a sold to the British House of Commons
, a fact proudly noted on their labels. Read more...
is a type of whisky
produced in Canada. Most Canadian whiskies are blended
multi-grain liquors containing a large percentage of corn
spirits, and are typically lighter and smoother than other whisky styles. When Canadian distillers began adding small amounts of highly-flavourful rye
grain to their mashes, people began demanding this new rye-flavoured whisky, referring to it simply as "rye". Today, as for the past two centuries, the terms "rye whisky
" and "Canadian whisky" are used interchangeably in Canada and (as defined in Canadian law) refer to exactly the same product, which generally is made with only a small amount of rye grain. Read more...
is a method in whisky
making for removing residue. In chill filtering, whisky is cooled to between −10° and 4° Celsius
(often roughly 0°) and passed through a fine adsorption
filter. This is done mostly for cosmetic reasons – to remove cloudiness – rather than to improve taste or consistency. Read more...
The Tullamore Distillery
is an Irish whiskey
distillery located in Tullamore
, County Offaly
, Ireland. Built by William Grant & Sons
at a cost of €35 million, the distillery officially opened in September 2014. It is the first new distillery to have been constructed on a greenfield site in Ireland in over 100 years, and the first to operate in Tullamore since 1954.
Construction of the distillery is proceeding on a phased basis. When first constructed, the distillery initially had the capacity to produce up to 1.8 million litres of pot still
and malt whiskey
per annum using four pot stills
. However, provision has been made for the installation of a further two pot stills
in the distillery, which would double this capacity to 3.6 million litres per annum. Following an additional €25 million investment, a grain distillery and bottling plant were added in 2017. The installation of a grain distillery means that the distillery can now produce all three components (pot still, malt, and grain whiskey) of its Tullamore Dew blended whiskey on-site. Read more...
() is the collective term for fruit brandy
popular in the Balkans
. The alcohol content of rakia is normally 40% ABV
, but home-produced rakia can be stronger (typically 50%). Read more...
(also known as a Delilah
, or Chelsea Side-car
) is essentially a sidecar
made with gin
in place of brandy
. What makes it different from the simple gin sour is the switching of sugar for triple sec. The cocktail sometimes also includes additional ingredients, for example egg white
, or cream
The classic concoction is most commonly served in a Martini cocktail glass
. When an egg white is added a champagne coupe
is preferable; the silky foam clings more pleasingly to the curved glass. Read more...
A view of the rear of Diageo's Clynelish Distillery near Brora
is a distillery
in the Highlands
The original Clynelish distillery was built in 1819, adjacent to the present operational Clynelish distillery which was built in 1967.
When Clynelish first started distilling, in the years 1820-1822 they were producing around 12,000 gallons (around 54,000 litres) Over the years the distillery passed from owner to owner until the distillery expanded around 1896 and was upped to around 580,000 litres. This was when they added in extra warehouses on site. Read more...
The White Horse Distillery
was an Irish whiskey
distillery that operated in Mountrath
, County Laois
, Ireland. The distillery was named after a local river, the White Horse. The river itself is said to be so named due to the colour of the water that ran in the river as a result of the operations of a distillery in the centre of the town.
Now long gone, according to local folklore, the distillery or the brand were sold to Scottish distillers in the 1800s. If true, this would mark an interesting change of fortunes in the distilling industries of the two countries, as similarly a named, more enduring White Horse
whiskey brand was established in Scotland in 1861. Read more...
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Bloody Caesar made with 2 shots of vodka, a pinch of horseradish, a little spicy with 5 dashes of tabasco, made muddy with about 10 dashes of Worcestershire, all over ice, and filled to the top of a celery salt and spice rimmed glass with Clamato juice.
A Caesar (also known as a Bloody Caesar) is a cocktail created and primarily consumed in Canada. It typically contains vodka, a caesar mix (a blend of tomato juice and clam broth), hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, and is served with ice in a large, celery salt-rimmed glass, typically garnished with a stalk of celery and wedge of lime. What distinguishes it from a Bloody Mary is the inclusion of clam broth. The cocktail may also be contrasted with the Michelada, which has similar flavouring ingredients but uses beer instead of vodka.
It was invented in Calgary, Alberta, in 1969 by restaurateur Walter Chell to celebrate the opening of a new Italian restaurant in the city. It quickly became a popular mixed drink within Canada where over 350 million Caesars are consumed annually and it has inspired numerous variants. Read more...
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