Hard Liquor - What Types of Alcohol Are They?

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited : MAY  27, 
2021 
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So, you're wondering what types of alcohol are considered hard liquor? I'm glad you asked! There are a few things to know about the different types of spirits that fall under this category. So, let's get started.

First off, any type of distilled alcoholic beverage is considered hard liquor. This includes rum and whiskey as well as vodka and gin. But not all these spirit have the same potency levels or alcohol content per volume so it's important to keep those in mind when choosing which one to drink based on your desired effects.

For example, some people might like drinking a beer with lower alcohol content because they want something light while others may be looking for the buzz from something stronger like tequila or bourbon whiskey—the choice is absolutely yours.

What is hard liquor and what are the types of alcohol that fall under this category

Hard liquor is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage that has a much higher alcohol content than beer or wine. The two most popular types of hard liquor are whiskey and vodka, but there are many varieties to choose from including tequila, gin, brandy, rum and others.

If you enjoy the taste of hard liquor but would like to drink less because it’s too strong for your palette then consider drinking with mixers such as soda water or tonic water. 

The following are the types of alcohol that fall under this category: whiskey, vodka, tequila, gin, brandy and rum. If you’re not sure which type of hard liquor to try consider drinking a flight at your local bar or ordering a sampler from an online retailer.

Types of drinks you can make with hard liquors

Hard liquors are often forgotten when it comes to cocktails. But, with the right mix of ingredients you can make a variety of drinks that will impress any guest!

Drink types include:

Mint Julep - 1 shot bourbon whiskey + 3 tablespoons water + 2 teaspoons sugar dissolved into water + 2 teaspoons fresh mint leaves + crushed ice

Bloody Maria - 1/2 shot tequila and 1/2 tomato juice poured over ice in a glass rimmed with salt and pepper

A cocktail made from vodka is called a Vodka Tonic or simply "tonic"

Mojito - a traditional Cuban cocktail that is made with sugar, water, lime juice and mint

A Manhattan Cocktail (made of whiskey) is similar to the martini. The difference between them depends on the amount of vermouth in it: if less than a tablespoonful then it's called a "dry" martini; if more than one tablespoonful then it's a "wet" martini.

Types of alcoholic beverages

There are many different types of alcoholic beverages. Beer, wine, and hard liquor can all be considered alcoholic beverages. Some people like to drink beer because it is less expensive than wine or a mixed drink.

Others enjoy the taste of wine more than that of other alcohols. Hard liquor offer people who want something sweet a chance to have their favorite beverage with some extra flavor added in for fun!

Beer starts with water, hops, yeast and malted barley or other grains such as corn or rice. Wine begins with grapes that are crushed into a juice called must or grape must which can then ferment in barrels for several weeks to months until it becomes wine with alcohol content ranging from 8-12%. Liquor generally has a minimum alcohol content of 40% -but there are exceptions like vodka which doesn't have an established minimum percentage because it's distilled at least twice so its strength may vary depending on how much water it was mixed with before bottling.

Types of alcoholic beveragesPhoto by Hunter Newton

Hard liquor vs other types of alcoholic beverages

Hard liquor is a type of alcoholic beverage that can be made from either grain or grapes. This article will compare two popular types of hard liquors, scotch and bourbon, to other types of alcohol including beer, wine and vodka.

Scotch and bourbon are types of hard liquor that differ in terms of how they are made. Scotch is distilled from barley malt, while bourbon can be distilled from grains such as corn or wheat instead.

Bourbon also has a higher concentration of alcohol than scotch — anywhere between 40% to 50%. Beer ranges around 4%, wine at 12% and vodka at 35%. This article will explore the differences between these two popular types of hard liquors, which include their taste profiles, cost per serving, popularity and more.

How to properly drink, serve, and store hard liquors

When people think of drinking hard liquors, many automatically think about binge drinking. This is a stereotype that some might not be aware of, but it’s important to know the difference between what it means to drink responsibly and what constitutes as irresponsible behavior.

In this blog post, we will go over the proper way to store hard liquors so they last longer and how to serve them in order for everyone at your party or event to have an enjoyable experience.

When drinking hard liquors, it is important to know the difference between what constitutes as a standard or shot. A standard drink can be any amount of alcohol that is consumed in one sitting, which could either mean consuming an entire bottle at once or having just two drinks over the course of three hours.

Shots are defined differently depending on where you live and how much they cost (generally anywhere from $0.50-$25 per shot). In North America for example, shots are generally equal to about 0.75 oz., but this does not apply everywhere else around the world with some places using larger measurements like a double measure being close to one ounce worth.

Drinking hard liquor responsibly 

A lot of people don't know the difference between drinking responsibly and being irresponsible. They think that it's just about "how much" they drink, but this is not true. Drinking responsibly means going out with your friends or family and enjoying a social event without completely overdoing it or making choices you regret later.

Some tips for drinking responsibly include:

  • being of legal age to drink
  • never drinking and driving
  • drinking in moderation
  • avoiding use of other substances while drinking
  • not drinking on an empty stomach

 

The prevalence of drinking and driving may be surprising to some, as in many places “buzzed” driving can have legal consequences as well.  In the year of 2019, one person died due to a drunk driving accident every 58 minutes in the United States of America.

This amounts to over 10,000 lives lost. Keep in mind, that a portion of deaths are individuals who were sober and unfortunately involved in an accident caused by another.

The dangers of consuming too much hard liquor 

When people think of alcohol, they often think about wine or beer. However, liquor is also an alcoholic beverage that can be very dangerous if consumed in excess.

A danger of drinking too much hard liquor is addiction. Alcoholism affects not only the individual who drinks, but also their loved ones and society in general. Some studies have found that alcoholism can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, various cancers including those affecting the mouth or throat (such as esophageal cancer), high blood pressure, depression and anxiety disorders.

There are groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous for people looking to quit drinking altogether or find help with alcohol problems they may be having now.

Another potential danger that excessive consumption of hard liquors entails is impaired judgment which could result in car accidents or other serious consequences.

The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5% of diseases around the world are the result of heavy alcohol use. This includes various cancers, and diseases associated with major organs such as our liver and heart.

Conclusion

Alcohol is a fascinating topic because it's so intertwined with cultures around the world. We've shared some of the basics about hard liquor, but feel free to get in touch if you want more information!

Our team knows all about how alcohol can affect your body and we're here to help you drink responsibly. Contact us today for more information on what types of drinks you should avoid drinking and ideas on how to store your liquor safely at home.

A dedicated treatment provider can also help you in determine the drinks that you should consume moderately and how to prevent alcohol abuse.



Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 


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I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More


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