Ale is a fermented beverage made from malted barley and hops. It is heavier and more complex than a lager.
Amaretto is an Italian almond liqueur surprisingly flavored with peach kernels.
- Angostura Bitters
Angostura Bitters is an herbal preperation whose recipe is kept secret. It is the most widely distributed bar item in the world.
Aquavit is a strong clear Scandinavian liquor distilled from potatoes or grain mash and flavored with caraway seeds.
Beer is a beverage brewed from malted barley or any starchy material, and often flavored with hops.
Bourbon is an American whiskey distilled from a mash of corn, malt, and rye then aged for at least two years in charred oak barrels.
Brandy, short for Brandywine, is distilled from wine, grape pomace, or fermented fruit juice.
Cachaca is a white Brazilian rum made from sugarcane juice.
Calvados is a dry French brandy distilled from apples.
Campari is a mild bitter apertif. It's secret recipe was concocted in Italy by Gaspare Campari in 1860.
Chambord is a rasberry flavored liqueur made in the Loire valley in France.
Champagne is a sparkling wine originating from the Champagne province in France.
Cointreau is an orange flavored liqueur similar to Grand Marnier. It has an alcohol content of about 40% and is often used as a digestif.
- Creme de Cacao
Creme de Cacao is a sweet chocolate liqueur made by steeping or percolating cocoa beans.
- Creme de Cassis
Creme de Cassis is a blood-red liqueur flavored with blackcurrant.
- Creme de Menthe
Creme de Menthe is a sweet mint-flavored liqueur. It is either white or green. While both taste the same, it is usually proper to use the white variety in mixed drinks.
Drambuie is a sweet golden liqueur mixture of various Scotch whiskies. It is flavored with heather honey and other herbs.
Dubonnet is a wine-based apertif. It is bittersweet and flavored with herbs and quinine.
Frangelico is a sweet hazelnut liqueur. It is made from the distillation of toasted hazelnuts infused in water. Other ingredients include toasted coffee, toasted cocoa, vanilla berries, rhubarb root, and sweet orange flowers.
Gin is liquor made from distilled white grain spirit flavored with juniper berries, and a mixture of other herbs and sometimes fruits, or sloe berries if it is 'sloe gin.'
- Ginger Ale
Ginger ale is a carbonated soft drink flavored with ginger.
- Grand Marnier
Grand Marnier is a liqueur made of cognac brandy, bitter orange peels, vanilla, and other spices.
Grenadine is a strong red syrup made from red currents and pomegranates.
Kahlua is a Mexican coffee liqueur. It is dark smooth blend of roasted Arabica coffe beans, fine sugar cane, vanilla, and vodka.
Pimm's No. 1 is an English made gin-based liquor made of dry gin, liqueur, fruit juices and spices.
Pomegranate fruit has a hard reddish or pinkish shell, covering edible sweet-tart seeds.
Port is a wine fortified with brandy. It is usually sweet and red. It comes in numerous varieties.
Rioja is a wine made from grapes grown in the province La Rioja in Spain. It is usually a blend of grape varieties coming from the three different regions of La Rioja.
- Rose's Lime Juice
Rose's Lime Juice is a non-alcoholic sweetened lime juice, commonly known for its use in the Gin Gimlet.
Rum is a clear liquor distilled from fermented sugar cane juice. Most rum comes from the Caribbean.
Sambuca is a clear anise-flavored liqueur made with elderberries and flavored with licorice.
Scotch, or Scotch whiskey, is a caramel colored spirit made of barley and distilled exclusively Scotland.
Sherry is a wine originating in Spain. It is made from Palomino, Pedro Ximénez, and Muscat grapes then fortified with brandy and sometimes yeast.
- Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is a combination of sugar and water. Make it by boiling two parts sugar to one part water, until the sugar dissolves. Remove the result from the heat and allow it to cool.
- Southern Comfort
Souther Comfort is a peach flavored liqueur. It originated in New Orleans in 1874.
Tequila is a Mexican liquor distilled from the fermented juice of agave tequilana and aged from 1 month to 3 years, depending on its style.
Tonic -- also known as tonic water, quinine water, or Indian tonic water is known for its medicinal effects and its slightly bitter flavor. Originally, it just contained carbonated water and quinine. It is famously used in the gin and tonic.
- Triple Sec
Triple Sec is a clear orange flavored liqueur. Curaçao, Cointreau, and Grand Marnier are each commom brands of triple sec.
Vermouth is a fortified wine infused with herbs and spices. In comes in three varieties -- dry, sweet/red, and white/bianco.
Vodka is a strong clear liquor liquor distilled from fermented grain -- usually wheat, rye, corn, or potatoes.
Whiskey is a liquor distilled from grain, such as corn, rye, or barley, then aged in wooden barrels.
Wine is the fermented juice of any variety of grape. It is usually 10-15% alcohol.