The drinking habits of the European differ from the drinking habits of Americans. Since Europe has many different climates and geographical features it is ideally suited for the wide variety in the production and drinking of alcohol. In Southern Europe the people mainly drink wine. Such countries are Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Greece. The people of Ireland, England, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Austria, and Czechoslovakia are known as beer
drinkers. The Northern countries, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and Poland are basically spirit drinkers.
There are many different types of alcoholic beverages. Beer, a fermented beverage, is chiefly made from barley malt. The malt is grounded and mixed with water then heated and crushed. The beer is aged for several weeks to develop taste. Most beer contains two to six percent alcohol. Lager beer, the most popular in the United States has a golden color but can be dark brown. It is usually served chilled. Another fermented beverage is wine. Most wine is made from grapes and contains a lot of sugar. It may also be made from other fruits such as apples or cherries. The fruits are usually crushed and then their juice is fermented. Wine is usually aged for about four
years. Most wines contain eight to twenty percent of alcohol. The color of wine varies from red, to pink, to white. The taste may be either sweet or unsweet. It can be served chilled or at room temperature. Whiskey is another fermented beverage that is made mostly of barley, corn, or rye. Most whiskey is a blend of different kinds of whiskey. It is aged for six or more years. Aging will help develop the flavor. Scotch whisky has a smoky flavor and is made of barley. A bourbon whiskey is made with corn. Blended whiskey is a combination of many different types of whiskeys. Whisky can be served straight (unchilled) or "on the rocks" (on ice). Vodka is made of barley, corn, rye, or potato. It isn't aged nor has any color. Neither does it have taste or odor. It is almost always mixed with other beverages including orange
juice, tomato juice, and tonic water. Another type of alcoholic beverage is a liqueur. They are made of flavored with gin or brandy. They contain 2.5 percent sugar. The most popular flavors are apricot, cherry, blackberry, chocolate, peach, and...