Sunday, March 20

The Order of Liquor

If you are new to cocktails this is the order in which you would want to ease into drinks.

  • Vodka
  • Rum
  • Brandy
  • Bourbon
  • Whiskey
  • Scotch
  • Gin
  • Tequila

Find drinks you like with vodka first, then rum, and so on. Before you move onto the next level you should do a shot of the liquor itself. This will give you a real appreciation for the differences in these liquors.


DrinkBoy said...

I might suggest a slightly different order. Vodka is clearly the starting point, but I personally think rum and brandy would be the next steps for the beginner, since their flavors are not only fairly tame, but also mildly familiar. Scotch, Gin, and Tequila each have a fairly, uh, provocative flavor profile, so I'd save those for last.

barmixmaster said...

Thanks Robert. I changed the order to something closer to your suggestion. I think you are right about Scotch, Gin, and Tequila.

I had a hard time with Gin myself.

So I changed from: Vodka, Rum, Gin, Tequila, Brandy, Scotch, Bourbon, Whiskey. To the order of liquor that is there now.


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Twanked said...

hey this is a good list...good call on putting the tequila last.

Unknown said...

I don't think that good 100% agave tequila can be last any more. In 2008 tequila was the fastest growing liquor in the nation. There is also a lot more advertising in print (e.g. Esquire, Maxim, Men's Health) and on television than ever before with tequila (e.g. Don Julio, Sauza Hornitios, Patron). There is also a large consumer demand to know more about a liquor that has mystified customers for a long time.

I am also bias as a tequila lover too, but I always get a customers attention when I fully inform them about all the properties of tequila. I end up selling a lot more of it to them too.

Tiff said...

I highly disagree with gin being near last on the list, and bourbon and whiskey being so close to the top. Vodka makes sense for a starting point, rum, then Gin (while straight up has a very distinct flavour, it also has a very vodka like tendency to disappear into whatever it's mixed with.), then whiskey, brandy, bourbon I think requires a bit more appreciation for the distinction of your typical rye and a good bourbon, then tequila and lastly Scotch.

I think scotch requires too much or a certain understanding of it before it can properly be appreciated. It's much too sophisticated for the average drinker.