For over a millenium, producers of alcohol have been
trying to distinguish their spirit from other spirits
available. As a bartender, it's good to know when two
spirits are close substitutes. You might also
want to try switching these in drinks that you enjoy
just to see if you're able to taste the difference.
The widest substitution made will be between name-brand
spirits and their generic counterparts. For instance,
Grand Marnier, Cointreau, and many other orange-flavored
liqueurs are all Triple Secs, and can be substituted
freely. Do, of course, ask the drinker if the substitution
is acceptable, but recognize that the impact on the
drink is slight.
||Rye and Bourbon are both whiskey,
and although there are significant differences
they are often disguised by any mixer or other
||Gin and Vodka don't taste the same, but
if Vodka is good in something, then Gin is
probably good also.
||Silver Tequila is probably
the best Tequila for mixing, but often drinks
make an unnecessary distinction between different
types of Tequila. Substitute freely.
||Most Schnapps are sufficiently sweetened
that they could be packaged as liqueurs, and
some people will prefer the substitution.
||The only difference between
these two spirits is color. If you're
adding white instead of green, you might also
want to add yellow and blue food coloring.