BevMo! Spirits 101

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Learn how to mix like a pro with the right glassware and accessories. Don't forget to cover the basics and stock up on mixers, garnish and bitters!

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Vodka

Types:
Clear, Flavored

Made From:
Highly distilled grains (Rye, wheat) or potatoes

Notes:
Considered the most "pure" of spirits due to excessive filtering and distillation.

Popular Cocktails:

  • Vodka Martini
  • Bloody Mary
  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Screwdriver

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Gin

BevMo! Spirits 101 Gin

Types:
Juniper-Flavored Spirits, Gin, Distilled Gin, London Gin

Made From:
Distilled grain flavored with juniper berries or evergreen

Notes:
Flavors commonly found in gin: citrus, licorice, anise.

Popular Cocktails:

  • Martini
  • Negroni
  • Gimlet
  • Vesper

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Rum, Cachaça, Guaro

BevMo! Spirits 101 Rum, Cachaça, Guaro

Types:
Light, Gold, Dark, Spiced, Flavored

Made From:
Sugarcane or molasses

Notes:
Typically associated with tropical or fruit-based drinks

Popular Cocktails:

  • Mai-Tai
  • Mojito
  • Daquiri
  • Piña Colada

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Tequila, Mezcal

BevMo! Spirits 101 Tequila, Mezcal

Types:
Blanco, Joven, Reposado, Añejo, Extra Añejo

Made From:
Agave

Notes:
Can only be produced in limited regions in Mexico.

Popular Cocktails:

  • Margarita
  • Paloma
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Screwdriver

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Scotch, Whisk(e)y and Bourbon

BevMo! Spirits 101 Scotch, Whisk(e)y and Bourbon

Types:
Malt Whisky or Grain Whisky, Single Malt, Blended Malt, Blended Whisky

Made From:
Scotch and Irish Whiskey: Barley
Other Whiskies: Rye
Bourbon: Corn

Notes:
Scotch must be distilled in Scotland and matured for a minimum of three years in oak casks.
Irish Whiskey must be produced in Ireland and aged in wooden casks for a minimum of three years, sometimes three or four times that long.
Other American and Canadian whiskeys are commonly made with rye, corn, malted barley, or wheat
Bourbon is American whiskey made from corn, aged in new, charred-oak barrels, bottled at 40% alcohol by volume

Popular Cocktails:

  • Whiskey Sour
  • Sazerac
  • Old Fashioned
  • Mint Julep
  • Irish Coffee
  • Manhattan

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Brandy

BevMo! Spirits 101 Brandy

Types:
Grape Brandy, Fruit Brandy, Pomace Brandy

Made From:
Grapes or fruit.

Notes:
A.C.: Aged two years in wood
V.S.: “Very Special” or 3-Star, aged at least three years in wood
V.S.O.P.: “Very Superior Old Pale” or 5-Star, aged at least five years in wood
X.O.: “Extra Old” aged at least six years in wood

Popular Cocktails:

  • Brandy Alexander
  • Sidecar
  • Old Fashioned
  • Piña Colada

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Liqueurs

BevMo! Spirits 101 Liqueurs

Types:
Kahlua, Strawberry Schnapps, Bailey’s, Chambord, Crème de cassis, St. Germain, Cointreau, Kirsch, Ouzo, Pastis, Amaretto

Made From:
Fruit-, cream-, herb-, spice- or nut-flavored beverage bottled with added sugar.

Notes:
Liqueurs (also known as Cordials) are sweet, flavor-infused spirits that are categorized according to the flavoring agent.

Popular Cocktails:

  • Brandy Alexander
  • Sidecar
  • Old Fashioned
  • Piña Colada

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Stress-free assistance! We'll help you decide which beverages to select and calculate how much you'll need for any size event or get-together.

We make it easy! Call, click or ask any BevMo! associate, and we'll have your order complete and ready in time for your party.

Delivery service is subject to availability and limited to specific delivery zones. Must be scheduled in advance and requires a two-hour window of delivery. An adult of legal drinking age must provide valid ID and signature to verify receipt of order. The complimentary delivery does not include kegs. Keg delivery requires paperwork to be completed in the store and includes a delivery fee of $25 per keg. Ask BevMo! customer service or a store associate for details.
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