Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Alcohol 101 - Part 3

Liquor, aka Hard Liquor

First of all, there is a world of difference between Apple Pucker (20% alcohol) and Everclear (90% alcohol). There is a science to this, you know. They do actually measure out how much alcohol is contained in each of these liquors and then they neatly display those values on the bottle.

That said, liquor demands much more caution than its weaker cousins, beer and wine. Conveniently, mixed drinks have recipes which aid one in figuring out how "strong" that drink might be. Of course, every bartender makes every drink to their own particular taste, but that just adds another level of caution which must be taken before entering the realm of mixed drink consumption.

As a general rule, doing shots should pretty much be off limits, unless you enjoy vomiting. There are a couple exceptions to this rule, but they are few. You can probably do a single shot of apple pucker without any feelings of guilt or remorse. Usually, bartenders use the following equation to compare beer, wine, and liquor and their respective alcohol contents:

12 oz of beer = 5 oz of wine = 1.5 oz of liquor

Personally, I keep a small wet bar stashed in the pantry, but I rarely use it. Occasionally, we'll feel the urge to make mojitos, pina coladas, gin&tonics, or rum&cokes. Also, we've been known to nip from the bottle of Butterscotch Schnapps while sitting around a bonfire.


tito said...

i think i've got alcohol 101 down. when are you going to do an advanced class, like alcohol 401?

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