Nine Words Every Alcohol Lover Should Know

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Perhaps you are new to the world of spirits or maybe you’ve been dabbling for a while, there are a number of words that you should be familiar with as a lover of alcohol. Knowing the right terminology can separate the rookies from the masters, especially if you plan to actually get behind a bar.

As such, we have helped you compile a list of advanced alcohol drinking terms that will really up your booze credibility.

Angel’s Share
This is a term whiskey lovers should be familiar with. The angel’s share is the amount of liquid that evaporates while a whiskey ages in a barrel.

It’s usually around two percent per barrel, but can be up to ten percent based on the amount of time aged, the weather and various other factors. The wood actually absorbs a lot of the unpleasant aspects of distillate such as sulphur.

Aperitif
An aperitif is meant to stimulate the appetite and is traditionally a bitter drink like the Aperol Spritz.

Bitters
Despite the fact that bitters may only make up a dash or two of your cocktail, they are essential when making everything from classics to modern mixology concoctions.

Mixtures vary, and consist of a neutral spirit infused with herbs, spices and botanicals.

Bruised
While you may not know it, you can actually overshake your cocktails! You can know this the moment your drink gets cloudy- a good indicator that you’ve bruised your cocktail.

Congeners
Congeners are what’s produced during fermentation of a spirit, aside from the spirit itself. These byproducts give the spirit their flavour, but they’re also probably why you have a major hangover after you consume whiskey.

Digestif
Digestif is the opposite of an aperitif. It is usually what you drink after a meal to aid digestion. Classic digestifs include brandy and fortified wine.

Dry
When this term is used to describe a martini, it means it has little to no vermouth.

Lightning
Lightening is used to describe moonshine. This is a whiskey that’s unrefined and comes straight out of the still. Lightning, also known as white dog, is a clear spirit due to the absence of barrel aging.

Rinse
A rinse is a small amount of liquid used to coat the inside of the glass for added flavour.

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