Lesson of the Day #10 - Liquor? I don't even know her!

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So what is liquor?

By definition a liquor is an alcoholic drink produced by distillation of grains, fruits, or even vegetables that have already been fermented. Wine, beer, cider, mead and sake are not liquors because they have only gone through the fermentation process.

Liquor usually has an alcohol content above 30%, where as drinks like beer and wine don’t go above 20% because most yeasts can’t reproduce in that high of concentration of alcohol and fermentation ceases.

Distillation for beverages, simply put is a process of boiling and condensing a fermented solution. This process separates out (partially or fully) some components and concentrates the ethanol, esters and other alcohols.

Spirits are distilled liquors with no added sugar & at least 20% alcohol, typically whisky, vodka, tequilla, gin, rum, and others.

Liqueurs are distilled liquors with added sugars and flavorings, such as Frangelico, schnapps, Grand Marnier, etc.

Trivia: Hallowe’en evolved from a Christian holy day that included giving beer to poor children.

Allhallowtide is a three day (October 31st through November 2nd) observance that included All Saint’s Eve (or All Hallows’ Eve/Hallowe’en), All Saint’s Day, and All Soul’s Day. During early All Souls' Day parades in England, the Church encouraged wealthier families to give out sweet treats called "soul cakes" to the beggars of the lower class in exchange for prayers for dead relatives. It was a tradition known as "going a-souling," and later children were the ones who went to houses to ask for food, ale, and money.

Michael Breyette