In chemistry, an alcohol is any organic compound in which a hydroxyl functional group (-OH) is bound to a carbon atom, usually connected to other carbon or hydrogen atoms.
But that, of course, isn't why you're here. You're looking for this:
Ethanol, also called ethyl alcohol, pure alcohol, grain alcohol, or drinking alcohol, is a volatile, flammable, colorless liquid. It is a powerful psychoactive drug and one of the oldest recreational drugs. It is best known as the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages and thermometers. In common usage, it is often referred to simply as alcohol or spirits.
Everyone loves booze! Ours (and by ours I mean mine and yours and that person's- anyone but Muslims and Straight Edgers, I suppose.) There are lots and lots of types- flavors, preparations, serving sizes, et cetera- of alcoholic beverages- and lots of social accoutrement. You could be interested in one, or both of these things. Do you want to sip port while discussing the recent dip in reactionary fiscal pools? Maybe you're home. Have a desire to mix together a classic cocktail, and feel vintage and
current? This is you! We will also accept full blown alcoholics drinking liquors straight up, throwing away their lives, piece by cask-aged piece. Maybe you like sipping a beer with dinner- come on in. And I suppose
we'll even offer an environment for brahs in tight tshirts with bottle service who insist on SoCo and lime. I guess.
So, what can you expect?
It is produced by the brewing and fermentation of starches, mainly derived from cereal grains—most commonly malted barley, although wheat, maize (corn), and rice are widely used. Most beer is flavoured with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavourings such as herbs or fruit may occasionally be included.
Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world. It really offers something for everyone- the casual drinker, the casual drunk, the frat bro, the snob, the do-it-yourselfer, and on and on.
A distilled beverage, liquor, or spirit is a drinkable liquid containing ethanol that is produced by distilling fermented grain, fruit, or vegetables.
Liquor is especially relevant, because it offers a huge cultural crossroads- it's a coming of age for a lot of folks. It's a base for most popular cocktails. It's the province of cheap drunks, and well funded aficionados. Whether whiskey, tequila, rum, whatever- these spirits are probably the most direct and widely compatible route to a high BAC on the planet.
A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage that has been flavored with fruit, herbs, nuts, spices, flowers, or cream and bottled with added sugar.
Liqueur fills a sort of tenuous role if only because of how the line can be murky as a result of modern liquor trends. Flavored vodkas and all sorts of sugared up rums have really led the youth- myself included, at one time!- to be a bit ignorant of where one thing starts and one thing ends. Generally speaking, a liqueur can expected to be consumed in smaller quantities than other prime alcoholic beverages- not for their alcohol volume, but for their cloying sweetness en masse.
Wine is an alcoholic beverage, typically made of fermented grape juice.
This is probably what your mom drank when dad was 'still at the office' and you were being awful and stressful. Its pairing with meals is often considered a crucial element of its quality and applicability as a beverage. Wine is one of those things mentioned earlier that offers a massive social experience- with vineyard tours and, in the better half of society, clubs that sniff
These are some things you might want if you're getting into consuming alcohol at home:
^-- shaker and strainer
^-- muddler to mash or otherwise express or reduce or integrate ingredients… a pestle for cocktals
^-- bottle opener to remove metal bottle caps
^-- corkscrew for removing corks from bottles
^-- a jigger, for measuring volume- each side contains a different measurement; sometimes 1.5 oz / .75 oz; 2oz / 1.5 oz, etc