An Introductory Course on Alcoholic Spirits
Cocktails, production techniques, aging processes and more are covered in this fascinating course on alcoholic spirits.Publisher: RS Hospitality Academy
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This introductory course looks at the different classifications of alcoholic beverages and their production processes. Liquor or spirit (also called distilled alcohol) is an alcoholic drink produced by the distillation of various raw materials. These first undergo a process of alcoholic fermentation by the addition of biological catalytic agents. The distillation procedure concentrates the liquid to improve its alcohol content. As liquors contain significantly more alcohol (ethanol) than other alcoholic drinks, they are considered ‘harder’. The term ‘hard liquor’ is used to distinguish distilled alcoholic drinks from non-distilled ones. Examples of liquors or spirits include gin, absinthe, whisky and many more. The course will conclude by exploring the different equipment and utensils used in bartending.
The earliest known evidence of alcohol production comes from Akkadian tablets (now central Iraq) that are dated at approximately 1 200BC. They provide textual evidence that an early form of alcohol refinement was known to the Babylonians of ancient Mesopotamia. Like other alcoholic drinks, liquor is typically consumed for the psychoactive (mind-affecting) effects to the person who consumes it. The word ‘spirits’ generally refers to distilled beverages low in sugars and containing at least 35% alcohol by volume. You may consume liquor on its own, typically in small amounts. In an undiluted form, distilled beverages are often slightly sweet, somewhat bitter and naturally impart a burning mouthfeel, with a strong odour from the alcohol itself. Liquor is also typically enjoyed in diluted form or as a mixed drink, with cocktails being a common beverage that use liquor.
Ordinarily, cocktails are a mixture of one or more spirits mixed with other ingredients such as flavoured syrup, fruit juice or even cream. Cocktails vary widely across regions of the world and may be as unique as the bartenders who make them. Whether you’re a pro behind the bar or just exploring becoming a bartender, to be accomplished you must never stop learning and always jump at the chance to up your game. Delivering exceptional customer service at small or large functions ensures that you spark more significant sales. Using state-of-the-art bartending equipment also ensures that you deliver the best client service to all your guests.Start Course Now
Alcoholic Spirits Fundamentals
Alcoholic Spirits Fundamentals - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Spirits and Distillation
Classification of Spirits
Bartending Gears and Equipment
Alcoholic Spirits Fundamentals - Lesson Summary
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Define the terms 'spirit', 'fermentation' and 'distillation'
- State the boiling points of alcohol and water
- Explain the fermentation and distillation processes
- State different types of stills and their parts
- Describe the main categories and types of spirits
- Outline the factors affecting the flavour of spirits
- Summarize the key areas in the production process of spirits such as whisky and vodka
- Identify and explain the use of standard bar equipment and the raw materials used
- State some basic types of cocktails
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