shelf at the liquor store may look intimidating, but there are only a
few basic alcohols needed for many popular drinks. There is a wide variety
of prices, qualities, and flavors, so try as many types as you can before
Vodka is filtered to remove flavor,
so higher quality vodka tastes curiously similar to water. Basically,
you're paying more (money) for less (taste)! However, because of its
lack of flavor, vodka blends easily and is the basis for today's most
popular martinis and cosmopolitans.
Gin varies greatly since it includes
a variety of herbal and spicy flavors. Try before you buy; it's a good
excuse to go out and order gin and tonics with friends! Then put your
money where your mouth is and buy a gin that suits your tastes.
Remember to get both light and
dark rums for different drinks. Check out spiced rums if you want
to add pizzazz to a rum and coke.
There are many types of whiskey. Bourbon,
Scotch, Irish, and blended are just a few. Bourbon is great for
mixing, especially if you like mint juleps. Scotch is sophisticated
sipping liquor normally served alone or on ice. Irish whiskey is
the basis for Irish coffee, a good choice for cold weather drink-lovers.
And blended whiskey can be used in many drinks calling simply for “whiskey.”
It's not all about margaritas! Some tequilas
rival Scotch in their smooth complexity. If you are mainly concerned
with mixing tequila and juice for a Tequila Sunrise or Margarita,
buy good-quality tequila that will blend well, and hold off on the