What is the difference between a liquor and a spirit?

by Marta Burgués

Many people use the word “liquor” to describe any drink of strong alcohol content, but there are differences between liquors and spirits to take into account.

Liquors are beverages based on flavoured spirits or with flavourings. They are generally colourful and fragrant, and have an alcohol content of between 25 and 55 degrees. They are usually mixed with fruits or herbs, but there are also liquors made with coffee, cocoa and other foods.

The correct way to drink a liquor is on small glasses at a slightly cold or room temperature.

Spirits, meanwhile, are the result of the chemical process named “distillation”. This process involves heating a beverage consisting of water and alcohol to over 78.3 degrees and less than 100 degrees, preventing the water contained from boiling.

The alcohol evaporates and separates from the original liquid and is recondensed to form a stronger drink. They usually have between 40 and 65 degrees of alcohol content.

Spirits are prepared from foods that contain natural sugars such as sugar cane and agave. Some of them are whisky, rum, vodka and tequila.

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