Exploring Liquors And Spirits: Guide To Your Local Liquor Shop

When it comes to shopping for liquor, the options can be overwhelming. With so many different types of liquors and spirits available, it's hard to know where to start. From whiskey to tequila, there is a liquor for every occasion and taste preference. Here are some of the different liquors and spirits that you can find at your local liquor shop.

Whiskey: The King of Spirits

Whiskey is one of the most popular spirits in the world. Made from fermented grains, whiskey comes in a variety of types, including bourbon, rye, and scotch. Bourbon is a type of whiskey that's distilled from corn, rye whiskey is made from rye grains, and scotch is historically made in Scotland from malted barley. Many liquor shops don't have a generic whiskey section, but instead break whiskeys into bourbon, rye, scotch, and similar sections.

Gin: The Classic Spirit

Gin is a clear spirit that's flavored with juniper berries. It has a distinctly light and floral flavor. It's a common ingredient in many cocktails, including the classic gin and tonic and the martini. Some martini recipes now use vodka instead of gin, but these tend to have more complex and extravagant ingredients. Basic and classic martinis are still often made with a gin base.

Rum: A Tropical Delight

Sugarcane is the substrate from which rum is made. Rum comes in a variety of types, including light, dark, and spiced. It's often in barrels, like whiskey, which further develops its flavor. 

Rum is used in a variety of cocktails, including daiquiris and piña coladas. Spiced rum is good in mixed drinks that aren't fruity since the spices make the rum flavor bold enough to be noticed amidst other ingredients. Light and dark rums are used in most fruity drinks, and when rum is enjoyed by itself.

Vodka: The Versatile Spirit

Vodka is a clear spirit created from fermented grains or potatoes. Its versatility makes it suitable for everything from vodka martinis to Bloody Marys. It's also mixed with sodas and flavored waters. 

Tequila: The Spirit of Mexico

Tequila comes from blue agave plants in Mexico. Blanco tequila is unaged and has a strong, pure agave flavor. Reposado tequila is slightly aged, which gives it a smooth, mellow flavor. Anejo tequila is aged for longer and has a rich, complex flavor as a result. Tequila is usually drunk as a shot or mixed into a margarita or similar cocktail. 

Contact a local liquor shop to learn more.