Gin is a flavored white spirit made by distilling grains such as barley, corn or rye. It’s flavored using Juniper berries, coriander, angelica, herbs and spices and a variety of other natural ingredients which are added to the grain mash during distillation.
Production of Gin dates back further than the 17th century and like many modern day essentials was originally used for medicinal purposes.
Gin is a staple ingredient in various modern day cocktails and recipes, including the world famous Martini and Gin and Tonic.
Amaretto is an almond flavoured italian liqueur made with apricot pits.
Amaretto di Saronno is the original and probably the most renowned of these liqueurs.
Whisky produced from a fermented mash of corn, rye, wheat, malted barley or malted rye grain.
Brandy is a liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice. Brandy products without a specified source are distillled from grape wine. Introduced to Northern Europe by Dutch traders in the 16th century, the name brandy comes from the Dutch word brandewijn, meaning “burnt wine”.
The most common types of brandy are the French Cognac, Armagnac, and Calvados brandies, as well as the Greek Metaxa and the South American Pisco brandy. Spain is also a well-known origin of many popular brandy products.
Fruit brandy is made from fermented fruit mash, normally apples, pears, cherries and other stone-fruits, as well as different types of berries. They are normally clear and colorless.
Vodka is a clear liquor manufactured from ethyl alcohol. It lacks color, and normally has very little taste or aroma.
Vodka is the base ingredient for many cocktails, mixed drinks, and alcoholic products today.
It is said to have been originally created from potatoes in Russia for medicinal purposes. Nowadays, Vodka is distilled from barley, wheat or rye.
Adulterated vodkas are now a popular alternative to the original. These will normally contain a mixture of sweeteners, flavourings, colorings and fruit juices. Most flavored vodka contains 30-35% alcohol, whereas clear vodka is normally 40%, with a few brands offering a 50% product on top.
Light rum (also known as “silver” or “white” rum), is a dry light-bodied rum, light in color and lightly sweet in flavor. It is produced from sugarcane juice and molasses, and normally has a short distillation period.
Unlike other various rums which are aged in charred oak casks, light rum is simply aged in plain oak casks or stainless steel tanks, so it remains clear. Light rum is often the favored choice of rum for cocktails and other mixed drinks.
Peach Schnapps is a strong, dry spirit produced using the distillation of peaches.
A whisky distilled from malted barley or unmalted grains for a minimum of 3 years.
A whiskey made from a combination of malt whiskey and grain whiskey, blended with neutral spirits or light whiskeys.
Bailey’s Irish Cream:
Bailey’s Irish Cream is a unique irish spirit made from a mix of cream, sugar, cocoa and the finest irish spirits. Each bottle of Bailey’s is 50% fresh cream, combined with triple distilled Irish Whiskey. It contains no additives or preservatives, and has become the best known irish cream in the world since it’s initiation in 1974.
Tequila is a clear white liquor distilled from the juice of the blue agave plants grown in Mexico. The juices are extracted from the heart of the plant (agave azu tequilana weber) and are distilled twice.
Tequila is world renowned for it’s unique taste, dating back more than 200 years to the town of Tequila in Jalisco state, where Tequila inherited it’s name.
Strawberry Schnapps is a strong, dry spirit produced using the distillation of strawberries.
Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua):
Kahlua is a rich, dark brown coffee liqueur made from the finest Mexican coffee, with fine cane spirits and a hint of vanilla. It also contains sugar, corn syrup and vodka, and has a thicker body than most other alcoholic beverages.
Kahlua is the 2nd largest single liqueur brand worldwide. Although it wasn’t introduced to America until 1962, it’s history dates to pre-WWII.