You may now be a Zoom-drinks expert but can you tell a Tom Collins from a caesar or the origin of the caipirinha?
Zoom hangovers have become a thing since lockdown, as people enjoy virtual drinks – and no one has to drive home. But you’d be going some to finish a Methuselah of wine. How many normal bottles are in one of these babies?
The Czech Republic easily tops the table for world beer consumption. How many litres, per head, of Pilsener, Budweiser, Staropramen (and the rest do) its citizens get through a year?
Most of the countries in the top 10 beer drinkers of the world (per capita) list are European, but the number two slot is occupied by an outlier. Can you guess it?
Belgium, a surprising 27th on the consumption list, is historically the home of serious brewing, but which European country actually has the largest number of active breweries?
A recent strong-beers race between Scotland, Germany and the Netherlands has seen some mighty brews. What’s the ABV of Brewmeister’s amber-red Snake Venom?
A “caesar” is Canada’s answer to the bloody mary, with vodka, spices and tomato juice in a salt-rimmed glass. But which unique ingredient does it also contain?
Fermented moose horn
The origins of Brazil’s famous caipirinha are murky, but according to some accounts it was developed for …
Keeping up the spirits of sugar-cane labourers
Getting the dancing going at Brazil’s Festas Juninas (harvest festival)
Treat the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918
Lubricating the fingers of Samba drummers
Gin, cherry brandy, Benedictine, lemon or lime juice, pineapple juice and Angostura bitters are the ingredients of which exotic cocktail?
A Long Island iced tea is made from a headache-inducing mixture of vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec – but what other ingredient provides its tawny hue?
Strongly brewed tea
Byarozavik is a nutritious – and non-alcoholic – drink popular in Belarus and neighbouring states. What is it made from?
Potatoes and sour cream
Yielding pale white wine with pear, white peach and grapefruit flavours, vermentino grapes are mostly cultivated in which Italian region?
Which is the most important grape for growers in France’s Rhone valley?
Many a Zoom party will include glasses of ever-popular New Zealand sauvignon blanc, but which French region did the grape originate from?
Red, white and rosé Sukhindol wines come from which country?
The Guinness brewery in Dublin has been running since 1759, but before 1939 what were its employees not allowed to do?
Refuse a pint of Guinness with dinner in the canteen
Take surplus beer home
Sell their company shares
Marry a Catholic
Rakı, ouzo, sambuca and arak are popular liquors in many parts of Europe, and beyond. What do they all have in common?
The name means “fiery water”
They’re all flavoured with anise
They have to be made in a copper still to be authentic
They’re all said to improve men’s fertility
Many visitors to the island of Madeira will enjoy a glass of “poncha” or punch – rum with various tropical fruit juices. But where does the name come from?
The way your head feels next morning after too many glasses
The Hindi word for “five” – the number of ingredients in the original drink
A South American word for blanket – for the drink’s warming properties
An old French word for push or jostle
“The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other.” Big drinker Orson Welles was talking about which cocktail?
Whether in a Tom Collins or a classic G&T, gin is an indispensable drinks cabinet ingredient, but what is the origin of the name?
Geneva, Switzerland, where herb extracts were first mixed with clear spirit
Its popularity as a fortifier during long games of gin rummy
From jenever, Dutch for the juniper berries that give the drink’s distinctive flavour
From Old French engin, meaning device or trick
After a long night of Hite beers with soju chasers, you stumble to a cafe next morning for a restorative haejangguk, or “hangover soup”. Which country are you in?
16 and above.
We salute you – but maybe take a little water with it. The lockdown may well last several more weeks
11 and above.
Quite the sophisticated drinker, if not yet reaching Hemingway heights
0 and above.
Wow, your liver must be squeaky clean despite the lockdown
6 and above.
Showing admirable restraint here, but maybe explore beyond Lidl’s special offers