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Taste of Texas - List of Southern US food and drink
Category: Food and Drink > List of Southern US food and drink
Date & country: 16/11/2010, US
Words: 32


Ale
Brewed from malt and hops. Usually stronger and slightly more bitter than beer. Color can vary from light to dark amber.

Aperitif
A French term referring to a light alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate appetite.

Blended Whiskey
Combines straight whiskey with neutral grain spirits. Straight whiskey dominates the mix by 20%. Sold at 80 proof.

Brandy
A liquor distilled from wine and other fermented fruit juice. Aged in oak casks and bottled at 80 to 84 proof. The finest Brandies are Cognacs.

Chaser
A beverage drunk after another potable.

Cocktail
A beverage that combines an alcohol with a mixer.

Corn Whiskey
A whiskey made from a mash of at least 80% corn. May or may not be aged.

Creme
A cordial with a very high sugar content. Its cream-like consistency gives it its prefix. It comes in the following combinations:

Frappes
Several liqueurs combined and poured over shaved or crushed ice.

Grain Neutral Spirits
Alcohol distilled from grain at 190 proof. Used in blended whiskeys for making gin and vodka and other liquors. It is almost tasteless and colorless.

Grenadine
A flavoring for drinks. It is made from pomegranates or red currants.

Hops
A hardy plant that produces conelike flowers. These flowers are used to impart flavor to beer and ales.

Irish Whiskey
A blend that contains barley malt whiskeys and grain whiskeys. The malt is dried in coal-fired kilns. The aroma of the fires does not influence the malt. Irish whiskey is heavier than Scotch and is usually 86 proof. It is produced only in Ireland.

Liqueur
A sweet alcoholic beverage made from an infusion of flavoring ingredients and a spirit.

Malt Liquor
A beer that has a higher alcohol content from 5 - 9 % higher than regular beer.

Maraschino Cherries
Specially treated fruit made from a variety of cherries. Pitted and then macerated in flavored sugar. Popular as a garnish or ingredient in many drinks.

Mash
Grain or malt that is ground or crushed before being steeped. Used in brewing beer and in the fermentation of whiskey.

Muddle
To mash or crush ingredients with a spoon or muddler ( a rod with a flattened end).

On The Rocks
A beverage served over ice without adding water or other mixers.

Scotch Whiskey
Blended whiskeys from native barley grain and Scottish pot stills. All Scotch blends contain malt whiskey. The smoky flavor comes from drying malted barley over peat fires. Produced only in Scotland. Exported Scotch is at least four years old and is usually 80 to 86 proof.

Shot Shot Glass
A small amount of alcohol. A shot glass is the drinking glass-shaped container in which such an amount is measured or served.

Slings
Made like sangarees with the addition of lemon juice and a twist of lemon peel. Served in an old fashioned glass.

Sour
A cocktail made by combining liquor with lemon juice and a little sugar.

Sour Mash Whiskey
A broad category of whiskey whereby a portion of old mash is mixed with new to help advance the character & smoothness of the flavor.

Straight Up
Term used to describe cocktails that are served up without ice.

Straight Whiskey
A whiskey that is distilled from grain but not blended with neutral grain spirits or any other whiskey and aged in a charred oak barrel for at least two years.

Sweet And Sour Mix
Sweet and Sour Mix can be made with 1 - 1 1/2 tbs. Lemon Juice and 1 tsp. of Powdered Sugar. It is used as a mixer for drinks.

Swizzle Stick
A twig with a few forked branches on its end. It is usually inserted into the glass. Used for stirring.

Tequila
A distillate of the sap of the century plant. Sometimes called "Cactus Whiskey". Mexican spirit distilled from the fermented juice of the blue agave plant.

Triple Sec
A cordial similar to Curacao but less sweet and colorless.

Vermouth
Herb flavored wine fortified with Brandy.

Wine
Made from the fermented juice of grapes. If another fruit is used it appears on the label. Under 14 to 20% alcohol.