These Are The 6 Spirits Of A Bartender.

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This is a simple phrase, to help you memorize the 6 main spirits and 3 off-shoots.


  1. Vodka
  2. Gin
  3. Rum
  4. Tequila
  5. Whiskey
    • Bourbon
    • Scotch
  6. Brandy
    • Cognac

Spirits are alcoholic drinks that are distilled from a variety of plants.









Vodka is usually made from potatoes or grains.
Anything that has starches and sugars can be used.

Some of the grains include wheat, rye, corn, rice, sorghum.
Also honey and fruits can be used to make vodka or just plain sugar.

Gin is made the same way as vodka, but the predominant flavor has
to be juniper.  It also has to be at least 37.5% pure alcohol or A.B.V.
( Alcohol By Volume ).

Rum is made from extracting molasses from sugar cane juice.
The molasses is fermented and then distilled to produce Rum.

Tequila comes from the Blue Agave plant. The middle of the plant
has a bulb called the piña.

The bulb is baked, juiced and then fermented. After the fermentation
process it is distilled. After it’s distilled it is aged for at least 14 days.

Whiskey uses different grains, such as barley, corn, rye, and wheat.
The grains are fermented and then distilled. A Pot Still is used
and the whiskey is distilled 2 or 3 times.
After distilling, the whiskey is aged in barrels.
That’s what gives it that rich brown color.

  • Bourbon is a type of whiskey.  There are at least 2 things that
    it needs to be called bourbon.
    1. It must be made from at least 51% corn.
    2. Barrel aged for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Scotch is also a whiskey. What makes it scotch is.
    1. Must come from Scotland.
    2. Barrel aged for a minimum of 3 years.

Brandy comes from distilling fermented fruit juice.
Fermented fruit juice is sometimes called Wine.
Most often the fruit used is grapes.
After the brandy is distilled, it is aged in barrels.

  • Cognac is brandy that comes from the Cognac region
    of France.  It can’t be called cognac if it doesn’t come
    from there.

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