12 Delicious Alcohols That Are Great For Beginners Too!

  • RESHMA DEWDA
  • Oct 21, 2015
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Ask a beginner to drink anything else but a sugar-laden cocktail (or shots) and he will flinch at the idea. When you’re just venturing into the world of alcohol, it is difficult to digest hard liquor by its own. But luckily for you, there is such a rich variety of alcohol out there that you don’t need to stick to cocktails and spritzers. Here are 12 varieties of alcohol for beginners.

1. Baileys Irish Cream

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This cream based liqueur is smooth and velvety- like silk down your throat. It is an Irish Whiskey that dates back to 1974. It makes for a great dessert alcohol and is enjoyed by connoisseurs and amateur drinkers alike.

Alcohol by volume: 17.0% 

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2. Radler Beer

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Don’t like the taste of beer? Neither do I. The best way to ease into this popular drink is by starting off with Radler beer. It is a mix of lemonade and beer and does not have the bitterness of normal beer. It’s a great refresher on a sunny day and is quite popular for its unique taste.

Alcohol by volume: 2.5%

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3. Pimm’s

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First produced in 1823, Pimms was initially served as a digestive drink (containing gin). This darkish brown nectar is served with fruits and a variety of other concoctions but it tastes brilliant just the way it is.

Alcohol by volume: 25% 

4. Port Wine

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A product of Portugal, port wine has been a staple drink since many decades. Its sweet taste is great for those who don’t like wine. It is mostly used as a dessert wine but don’t go by its humble reputation- it can get you drunk within no time!

Alcohol by volume: 20%  

5. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

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Spiced rum is a drink that trumps the taste of ordinary rum. Great by itself or with mixers, Captain Morgan spiced rum is the preferred drink for rum lovers across the world. The taste of alcohol is cut sharply by the warmth of the spices that give you a warm hug as you gulp it down.

Alcohol by volume: 17.5% - 50% 

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6. Laphroaig

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The Laphroaig scotch, as many would swear, is one of the best tasting scotch in the world. A great ice breaker for non-drinkers, this scotch tastes good no matter what your level of tolerance for alcohol. It might be strongly flavored but it gets better with every gulp.

Alcohol by volume: 57.8% 

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7. Jagermeister

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Made with 56 herbs that are known to be good for digestion, Jagermeister has captured many hearts in its life span. The taste of this alcohol is absolutely unique and is ideal for those who can’t handle any other kind of alcohol. This German concoction is a sure winner at any party!

Alcohol by volume: 35%

8. Sambuca

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Tasting like a combination anise, star anise and licorice, the next time someone offers you a Sambuca shot, know that this is one of the best tasting alcohols in the world. Quite potent with a 42% alcohol content, Sambuca is best had as it is or with a little bit of water.

Alcohol by volume: 42%

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9. Apple Cider

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Mild and like a taste of summer in the mouth, Apple cider is a wonderful beverage that is enjoyed all across the world, especially in United Kingdom. There are a variety of still and sparkling ciders to choose from. A perfect warm up into the mystical world of alcohol! Non alcoholic apple ciders are also available. Apple Cider beverage varies from county to country.

Alcohol by volume: 1% - 10% 

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10. Schnapps

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Although quite strong, Schnapps’ fruity flavor will excite any nondrinker. This one is recommended as it comes, with some sparkling water and ice. A good drink for the summers, Schnapps comes in flavors like peach, orange, apple and cherry.

Alcohol by volume: 42% 

11. Amaretto

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Amaretto is an Italian almond flavored drink that has been used to enhance flavors of many bakery items and cocktails since years. Mix it in your coffee or have it by itself, Amaretto tastes rich and distinctive. Like nothing else you have ever tasted!

Alcohol by volume: 28%

12. Tequila Rose

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A mixture of strawberry cream liqueur and tequila, this one has taken the world by a storm. Great as an aperitif, Tequila Rose is delicately flavored and tastes extremely refreshing. A befitting introduction to tequila, you will fall in love with its taste even if you are a first-time drinker.

Alcohol by volume: 17% 

Quick glance at list of 12 alcohol for beginners along with its type, alcohol percentage and texture

Alcohol Name Alcohol Type ABV Alcohol Texture
Baileys Irish Cream Whiskey 17.00% Smooth and velvety- like silk
Radler Beer Beer 2.50% Mix of lemonade and beer and does not have the bitterness of normal beer
Pimm's Liqueur 25% Refreshing nature & bubbly texture
Port Wine Wine 20% Sweet taste
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum Rum 17.5%-50% Hints of secret island spices with a smooth velvet texture
Laphroaig Scotch 57.80% Suprising sweetness with hints of salt and layers of peatiness
Jagermeister Digestif 35% Sweeter taste
Sambuca Liqueur 42% Tastes like licorice
Apple cider Alcoholic Beverage (USA & Canada) 1%-10% Balanced taste
Schnapps Alcoholic beverage 42% Fruity flavor
Amaretto Liqueur 28% Sweet, almond-flavoured
Tequila Rose Tequila 17% Strawberry milkshake

There’s no need to feel out of place when there is no vodka or white rum available at your next party. Just ask for any of these drinks and mix in!

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A hippie hiding in civilized clothes, a borderline feminist and a dreamer stuck in a practical avatar, Reshma is an incorrigible idealist who lives in a black and white world. A robin hood in her own right, she loves to come to the rescue and most times , she ends up rescuing herself in the bargain.

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