Alcoholic Beverages: History And Definition

Alcoholic Beverages: History And Definition

Alcoholic drinks are those that contain ethanol — a type of alcohol made from the process of fermentation of grains, fruits and/or other sources of sugar. This has resulted in countless types of alcoholic drinks that take their place in many cultural occasions and recreational events.

There’s nothing normal about Norman Goodfellows

Norman Goodfellows is not just another online bottle store, because we understand how important special moments are to those you care about most. So whether you’re toasting the union of love at a wedding, celebrating milestone birthdays or kicking back at a family braai, we are proud of the role that we can play in making sure you have your favourite popular alcoholic drinks on hand.

Alcohol Categories & Classification 

Thinking inside the box can make sense when it comes to categories for alcoholic beverages. Alcohol classification is way more a logistical toolkit than anything else. In simplicity, alcoholic beverages can be divided in four main categories, namely:

Thinking outside the box is where your flair for the flavours you enjoy responsibly comes in — and how we can help make those happen for you!

Types of alcohols

We know that there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to what you define as popular alcoholic drinks. That’s why Normal Goodfellows is a proud stockist of a wide range and selection, covering your preferred tastes in:

Mixing Alcoholic Beverages

Shaken, not stirred?

Some of the best alcoholic drinks are those you’ve discovered just the right mix for, over time. Popular alcoholic drink mixes are brandy or vodka with cola, gin with tonic water, or a white wine spritzer which is your favourite white wine with sparkling or soda water. But then again, some people like their gin with dry lemon, their vodka with tonic, and their red wine with cola — which us South Africans call a Katemba. We don’t want to tell you how you should enjoy your types of alcoholic drinks. We do want to make sure you have everything you need to do so. Explore the spirits and mixers we have on offer, or let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll help get you sorted.

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Get Healthy. Stay Happy!

If part of your New Years’ resolutions were to be more health conscious, we’re sure you’ll find these commonly asked questions about gluten-free drinks, keto diets, and alcoholic beverages for diabetics, interesting.

What alcoholic beverages are gluten-free?

Now here’s some good news, for the health-conscious among us. If you’re keen to know whether your preferred alcoholic beverages are gluten free, consider this list as your guide:

What alcoholic beverages can you drink on Keto?

Anyone who implies you can only enjoy water on Keto is fooling you. As Keto is based on a low carb, high fat combination, keep in mind that the following alcoholic beverages pack calories from fat and alcohol:

  • Carb Beer: Beer is typically high in carbs and contains sugars from the wheat that aren’t fermented into
  • Hard Liquor: Hard liquors like vodka, whiskey, rum, and tequila are naturally carb-free and therefore appropriate for the keto diet. Take note when you create mixers though and check the label on flavoured liquors for any added sugars.
  • Low carb, hard seltzer: You can also choose low carb hard seltzers, which are made with flavoured seltzer water or sparkling water and added liquor.

What alcoholic beverages can diabetics drink?

Types of alcoholic drinks that are suitable for people with diabetes are those with a low sugar or carb content. That includes light beers, white and red wines, distilled spirits, and low carb cocktails always being sure to avoid sugary juices or syrups.