Taking your first step into the world of alcohol can be intimidating. There are so many choices when it comes to alcoholic beverages. You have wines, distilled spirits, beers and various mixed drinks. As someone who is new to the world of alcohol, you may feel that you are out of the loop, and that everyone else is well-versed in drinks. However, there is no need to be intimidated over alcoholic beverages.
The internet is a great tool when it comes to diving into the world of knowledge about alcoholic beverage. It is easier than ever to find basic information about alcoholic beverages online. You should start with learning the differences between different types of alcohol. For example, what makes beer different than wine and wine different than distilled spirits? What are the names of a few mixed drinks, and what ingredients are in them. It is not hard to find out and memorize what a few drinks consist of. Drink recipes are not complicated formulas with exotic ingredients–they are quite the contrary.
You can also walk into a liquor store and just pick something out. Liquor stores usually have wine for sale, distilled spirits for sale and perhaps eve different types of beers. Nobody will point at you and say, “Ha! Look at that novice trying to pick out alcoholic beverages. He doesn’t known anything!” If anything, the people who work at liquor stores expect to help customers.
If you walk into a store and buy any old thing, you must be cognizant of the fact that different products have different proofs and percentages of alcohol. This means that a shot of a very high proof liquor may be a lot stronger than a shot of a lower proof liquor. It is easier to suffer alcohol poisoning from high-proof liquors because of the fact that smaller amounts a very strong. It is relatively easy to overdose on higher proof liquors. If you are just experimenting, you should only have a little bit at a time and take note of how you feel after drinking different amounts.
If you want to jump into the world of alcohol, you can also go to a bar and inquire about drinks. Ask the bartender about the kinds of drink he or she can make or open for you. It is also a good idea to pay attention to what other bar patrons are drinking. This can give you ideas of what to drink. Many bars have menus out in the open that say how much their alcoholic beverages cost. However, some bars don’t have this, and you have to ask the bartenders what the prices are.
If you are new to drinking alcohol, drink a little bit at a time so that you know how different amounts affect you. Also, you want to avoid getting sick from drinking too much alcohol. See how different types and mixes of alcohol affect you, and do not drink a bunch of different things all at once.