‘Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A glossary is simply an alphabetical list of words relating to a specific subject, text, or dialect, with explanations. As a super yacht stewardess you will be required to know a great deal of jargon related to spirits, liqueurs, wines and beers.
So next time the chief stewardess asks you to get the Armagnac, Lillet, Frangelico or the jigger, you will know exactly what to look for.
Below is a basic glossary of popular spirits and liqueurs, keep checking back as I will be adding to this list in the future.
An Almond flavoured Italian Liqueur.
Is a rum based liqueur made from herbs and spices.
Is a sweet liquorice liqueur.
Is a before-dinner drink that stimulates the appetite.
A brandy distilled from hard fermented apples.
A Scandinavian liquor made from potatoes
A French Cognac
A light rum distilled from molasses or sugar cane
Bailey’s Irish Cream:
A blend of whiskey, cream, sugar & cocoa.
A sweet cognac based liqueur
Is a spirit produced from herbs, roots and plants.
A sweet blue liqueur made from the dried peel of bitter oranges.
An American whiskey made from corn, rye wheat, malted barley or malted rye grain.
A liquor distilled from fermented fruit juice.
An apple brandy.
A bitter Italian aperitif
Similar to a European cherry.
Blackberry Liqueur from Fance.
A blend of celery seed & Salt.
A sparkling wine from the Champagne region in France
An apple flavoured sparkling drink made from fermented apples.
A French brandy, distilled from white wine.
A clear brandy liqueur made from the peel of oranges.
Cream of coconut:
A sweet thick liquid made from fresh coconut, sugar and stabilizers.
Crème’ de cacao:
A sweet coffee and vanilla flavoured liqueur.
Crème ’de menthe:
A sweet peppermint flavoured liqueur.
An orange flavoured liqueur.
Eau de vie:
A French young Brandy.
Cocktails that use raw egg.
A 95% pure grain alcohol.
A type of cream which is high in butterfat.
Is a tall glass used to serve long drinks in.
A bitter Italian Liquor made from macerating over 40 herbs.
Raspberry champagne like drink.
A drink served with blended Ice.
A sweet Italian liqueur, made from anise, herbs & vanilla.
A clear spirit made distilled from corn, barley & rye.
A carbonated soft drink.
An Orange flavoured liqueur made from blended cognac, orange peels & vanilla.
Is a pomace wine. Made with left over material, such as grapes stems, seeds, & skin. It is very strong.
A strong red syrup made from pomegranates and red currants.
Is a tropical plant from Venezuela & Brazil.
Half & Half:
A mixture of half cream & half milk.
A rich dark brown coffee liqueur.
A cherry flavoured liqueur distilled from cherries.
A colourless liqueur made from caraway seed, fennel and cumin.
La Ina Sherry:
A light fino sherry
A drink made by the slow fermentation of yeast at a low temperature.
A type of wine from the Bordeaux region, France drunk as an aperitif.
Is a popular Italian lemon liqueur.
Is a fortified wine.
Is a Belgian orange flavoured liqueur.
Italian cherry liqueur
Is a Portuguese superior sherry
Is a popular coconut flavoured rum.
Is a sugar syrup coated cherry.
Mari Mayans Absinthe:
Is a strong absinthe
Is a Japanese melon liqueur.
Is a brand of vermouth from France.
Is a strong traditional spice, from the Myristica tree.
A red liqueur made from passion fruit juice and citrus.
Is an anise-flavoured liqueur and aperitif from France.
A spice from the pepper plant
A liquorice flavoured liqueur.
Is a sweet spicy herbal liqueur.
Is a fortified wine, there are many flavours and ages available.
Is an Italian sparkling wine.
Assorted drinks, usually containing fruit juice.
Is a blend of rum made out of the world’s finest rums.
Is a French aperitif.
Is a strong Turkish Liqueur made from anise and raisins.
Is a golden or dark distilled liquor made from sugar cane or molasses.
A strong peppermint- flavoured German schnapps
A whiskey distilled from fermented Rye.
Schnapps is a type of distilled spirit that is typically higher proof and less sweet than liqueurs and available in a variety of flavours.
Smash: Smashes are drinks of mint, sugar, and a base spirit. A classic smash is similar to a julep, but simpler.
Spicy American sauce, made from in vinegar soaked red Spanish peppers and other herbs.
A toddy is a hot-water based cocktail, usually spiced. The word originally comes from the sap of an Indian palm tree, which was fermented into an alcoholic beverage.
Indication of the age of Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados. This quality, more mainstream than the VSOP or the XO is most commonly used in cocktails.
A type of pear, which is used in the wonderful tasting Poire Williams brandy.
A powerful emulsion of extracts of meat, molasses, anchovies, garlic and spring onions. Used to enhance the taste in many cocktails.
Xeres or sherry:
From Spain originating wines, of which the fermentation is stopped by adding spirits. There are many kinds, from dry (fino, Amontillado, manzanila) too sweet (oloroso, amoroso)