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We’re shaking things up with an intoxicating collection of 150+ cocktail and alcohol trivia questions that will have you reaching for your favorite libation while exercising your brain cells!
No matter what type of drinker you are — new to the scene or a regular at your local watering hole– this trivia adventure promises to be a delightful journey through all things drinkable.
You’ll start by warming up those brain cells with general knowledge about alcohol and cocktails. And in no time, you’ll reach our favorite section of this alcohol trivia quiz —Guess the Drink Name!
This section is all about celebrating your ability to identify drinks just by their key components and delicious descriptions. Can you guess the name of all the drinks we throw at you? Get ready for some delightful brain bartending!
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Alcohol and Cocktail Trivia: General Knowledge
What is the national alcoholic beverage of America?
Answer: Bourbon whiskey.
If you’re drinking a Chianti wine, that means your wine is from which country?
What type of tequila is aged for a short period, typically two months to a year?
What is an oenophile an expert in?
If someone is “plastered,” what does it mean?
Answer: They are heavily intoxicated.
If a liquor is 100-proof, how much alcohol does it contain by percentage?
What is the term for the art and science of creating cocktails by combining various spirits, mixers, and garnishes?
What do you call a wine expert who suggests, explains, and serves wine at restaurants?
Answer: A sommelier.
How is a Sake Bomb typically consumed?
Answer: A shot glass of sake is balanced on chopsticks over a glass of beer, and then the table is hit to make the shot drop into the beer before drinking.
Which category of alcoholic beverages includes vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and whiskey?
What’s the slang term that starts with the letter ‘f’ that stands for strong, often high-proof, alcoholic beverages?
What does it mean if someone is “tipsy”? Do they feel sober, slightly intoxicated, or very intoxicated?
Answer: They’re feeling slightly intoxicated.
What is the primary ingredient in vodka?
Answer: Usually grains or potatoes.
Which spirit is often associated with the phrase “juniper berries” due to its distinct flavor?
Which orange-colored Italian cocktail is popular as an aperitif due to its light and refreshing nature?
Answer: Aperol Spritz.
What is the key feature of hard seltzer that makes it distinct from other alcoholic beverages?
Answer: It is carbonated.
Which liquor is made from sugarcane byproducts or molasses?
What is the key fruit ingredient needed to make a classic Margarita?
Answer: Lime juice.
Which garnish is commonly found in a classic Martini cocktail?
What is a chaser in the context of alcoholic drinks?
Answer: A non-alcoholic beverage consumed after taking a shot of straight liquor.
Cider is made from the fermentation of which fruit’s juice?
True or False: Germans were the first to brew beer.
Answer: False; the first concrete evidence of barley beer comes from the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Syria).
What is an aperitif?
Answer: An alcoholic beverage, often wine or a cocktail, served before a meal to stimulate the appetite.
How does an aperitif differ from a digestif?
Answer: An aperitif is served before a meal, while a digestif is consumed after a meal.
What is the purpose of a digestif in culinary traditions?
Answer: To aid in digestion and provide a pleasant ending to a meal.
What is the minimum aging period for a cognac to be labeled as “VSOP”?
Answer: Four years.
In which type of containers is moonshine traditionally produced?
Answer: Mason jars or similar containers.
What’s the term for a cocktail with a spirit and a larger mixer?
How many ounces of liquid is in a fifth of alcohol?
Answer: 25.6 ounces.
Why are beer bottles green or brown?
Answer: It protects the beer from UV rays, which can ruin the flavor.
Who is the god of wine according to Greek mythology?
Answer: Dionysus (Bacchus in Roman mythology).
What’s the term for having a small amount of alcohol the morning after having a lot of it?
Answer: Hair of the dog.
Which tropical fruit, commonly associated with tiki drinks, is often hollowed out to serve as a container for cocktails?
How do you say beer in Spanish?
Alcohol and Cocktail Trivia: Types of Alcohol
Mead is made from fermenting what two ingredients to make an alcoholic drink?
Answer: Honey and water. It’s also known as “honey wine”.
What type of spirit is Jägermeister?
Answer: Herbal liqueur, more specifically a digestif.
What makes sangria different from wine?
Answer: Sangria includes red or white wine, mixed with fruits, sweeteners, and often a touch of brandy or liqueur.
Pisco is a type of grape brandy. From which two South American countries does pisco originate?
Answer: Peru and Chile.
When you order a “Tokyo Tea,” what color is this cocktail often associated with?
The cocktail “Tequila Sunrise” gets its name from its gradient effect, but which color stands out the most?
What is the predominant color of the cocktail “Cosmopolitan”?
When mixed properly, what color characterizes the cocktail “Adios Motherfucker” (AMF)?
The classic cocktail “Mai Tai” is usually associated with which color?
Bourbon is often associated with which American state where a majority of it is produced?
Southern Comfort is flavored with which fruit?
Which country is the origin of the drink sake?
What is the requirement for a whiskey to be labeled as “bourbon”?
Answer: It must be made in the U.S. from at least 51% corn and aged in new charred oak barrels.
Cognac is a type of high-quality brandy. In which region of France is it produced?
What is the minimum aging period for a cognac to be labeled as “VS” (Very Special)?
Answer: Two years.
Sherry is a fortified wine originating from which country?
What is the name of the fortified wine that is intentionally exposed to air during aging, resulting in a darker color and complex flavor?
Which plant is used to make tequila?
Answer: The blue agave plant (specifically the core or “piña”).
In which country is tequila primarily produced?
Brandy is made from the distillation of what?
Answer: Wine or fermented fruit juice.
Which country is known for its traditional dry cider production?
Moonshine is often produced illegally. What is its primary defining characteristic?
Answer: High alcohol content.
Which region of the United States is often associated with the historical production of moonshine?
Answer: Appalachian region.
Which country is often associated with the invention of vodka?
What is the main difference between bourbon and rye whiskey in terms of their mash composition?
Answer: Bourbon is primarily made from corn, while rye whiskey is made from at least 51% rye.
Which gin brand is named after the guards at the Tower of London?
Alcohol and Cocktail Trivia: Guess The Drink
Which cocktail is made by mixing vodka, tomato juice, spices, and garnishes like celery?
Answer: Bloody Mary.
What classic cocktail features a mix of various rums, fruit juices, and grenadine, often associated with a spooky name?
This classic cocktail combines bourbon, sugar, bitters, and a twist of citrus rind. What is it called?
Answer: Old Fashioned.
Which after-dinner drink features brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice?
Which cocktail, known for its fruity and tropical flavors, has a name that suggests a romantic rendezvous by the water?
Answer: Sex on the Beach.
This cocktail combines peach schnapps and orange juice, humorously named after a certain part of the body—what’s its quirky name?
Answer: Fuzzy Navel.
A cocktail with crème de noyaux, crème de cacao, and cream, this drink’s name is a nod to its color and nutty flavors—what is it?
Answer: Pink Squirrel.
Which famous cocktail is made with pisco, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white?
Answer: Pisco Sour.
What drink is made with freshly brewed hot coffee, Irish whiskey, heavy cream, and sugar (optional)?
Answer: Irish Coffee.
Which cocktail is made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, often served in a copper mug?
Answer: Moscow Mule.
What cocktail is made with Prosecco and peach purée or nectar?
A milk punch is made up of milk, sugar, and what else?
What cocktail is made with espresso, coffee liqueur, vodka, and garnished with three coffee beans?
Answer: Espresso martini.
This tropical cocktail is a mixture of rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. You can usually find it served with a maraschino cherry or a slice of pineapple on the rim of the cup. What’s its name?
Answer: Piña Colada.
Which cocktail, named in a humorous play on words, includes vodka, sloe gin, orange juice, and southern comfort?
Answer: Slow Comfortable Screw.
This shot is lit on fire before being dropped into a pint of beer—what’s its name, which humorously suggests a classic soda?
Answer: Flaming Dr. Pepper.
With layers of Kahlúa, Irish cream, and whiskey, this shot’s quirky name (which refers to an animal) might make you chuckle—what’s the drink’s moniker?
Answer: Duck Fart.
Which classic cocktail includes gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, often garnished with an orange twist?
This cocktail combines gin, tonic water, and a squeeze of lime. What is it called?
Answer: Gin and Tonic.
Which cocktail includes vodka, orange juice, and a splash of cranberry juice?
This cocktail combines tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. What’s its name?
This cocktail is made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. What is it called?
Answer: White Russian.
Which classic Southern-inspired cocktail features bourbon, mint leaves, sugar, and soda water?
Answer: Mint Julep.
Which cocktail is made by mixing rum, mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup?
Answer: Mint Mojito.
What is the main spirit used in a classic Mai Tai cocktail?
Which cocktail, known for its blue color, features rum, vodka, tequila, gin, and blue curaçao?
Answer: Blue Hawaiian.
What is the signature ingredient that gives a Zombie cocktail its unique flavor?
Answer: A mix of rums, including light, dark, and overproof.
Alcohol and Cocktail Trivia: All About Beer
What is the primary ingredient in beer that provides the sugars necessary for fermentation?
Answer: Malted barley.
What cocktail is made by dropping a shot of Irish whiskey and Irish cream liqueur into a half-pint of stout beer?
Answer: Irish Car Bomb
Why is the name “Irish Car Bomb” considered controversial in some contexts?
Answer: The name is considered insensitive due to its reference to historical events in Ireland.
Fat Tire, a Belgian-style ale, is the flagship beer of what Colorado-based craft brewery that distributes their bottled beers nationally?
Answer: New Belgium.
Which beer style is known for its dark, roasted malt flavors and often has notes of coffee and chocolate?
What is the main difference between lagers and ales in terms of yeast fermentation temperature?
Answer: Lagers are fermented at cooler temperatures, while ales are fermented at warmer temperatures.
Which type of beer is known for its hoppy bitterness and often features floral and citrusy notes?
Answer: IPA (India Pale Ale).
What is the term for the process of adding additional hops to beer during or after fermentation to enhance aroma and flavor?
Answer: Dry hopping.
Which European country is famous for its witbier, a style of beer often brewed with spices and orange peel?
Identify the beer known for its “Silver Bullet” nickname, coming from the Rocky Mountains.
Answer: Coors Light
What country is associated with the lager called “Sapporo”?
What Mexican beer is often served with a wedge of lime or lemon?
Which country is often credited with the invention of the modern pilsner style of beer?
Answer: Czech Republic
What microorganisms are responsible for the fermentation process that converts sugars into alcohol?
What is the name of the event in Munich, Germany, that is one of the world’s largest beer festivals?
Which beer brand features a blue ribbon on its label, symbolizing its award-winning status?
Answer: Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
Which European country banned most beers for most of the 20th century?
Answer: Iceland. Like many places, Iceland experimented with prohibition, banning wine, liquor, and beer in 1915. The law was mostly repealed in 1933, but kept beer limited to 2.25% alcohol; full-strength brews weren’t allowed until March 1, 1989!
Red Stripe beer originates from what country?
Alcohol and Cocktail Trivia: All About Wine
What is the name of the wine produced from green or yellowish grapes and is not fermented with the grape skins?
Answer: White wine.
Which type of wine is typically made from red or black grapes and is fermented with the skins?
Answer: Red wine.
Mulled wine is referred to by all these terms in some area of the world, except which term: Hot Mead, Vin chaud, Grogg, or Gluhwein?
Answer: Hot Mead.
What does the wine term “spumante” mean?
Which iconic wine region in France is known for producing high-quality sparkling wines?
Which Champagne brand is known for its prestige cuvée “Dom Pérignon”?
Answer: Moët & Chandon.
Which white grape variety is the most widely planted in Germany and is used to make wines that typically are high in acidity and feature subtle aromas like peach, pear, grapefruit, apple, apricot, and other fruits?
What type of wine is known for its deep, dark color and flavors of black fruit and spice?
What is the process of adding sugar and yeast to grape juice to initiate fermentation?
Which type of wine is made from grapes that have been left to freeze on the vine?
Answer: Ice wine.
What is the key grape variety used in the production of Beaujolais Nouveau?
The Napa Valley is a renowned wine region located in which U.S. state?
The term “Chianti” refers to wine produced in which Italian wine region?
What type of wine is known for its pinkish color and is made by removing the grape skins early in the fermentation process?
What sparkling wine style is produced in the Asti region of Italy?
Answer: Moscato d’Asti.
What is the term for the process that adds bubbles to sparkling wine?
Which type of sparkling wine is often associated with celebrations and toasts?
Alcohol and Cocktail Trivia: Pop Culture
Which celebrity’s tequila brand is called Casamigos?
Answer: George Clooney (Casamigos).
Which rapper mogul boosted sales for Ciroc, the French vodka brand, selling a million cases in 2011 as its brand ambassador?
Which celebrity founded the Crystal Head Vodka brand?
Answer: Dan Aykroyd (Crystal Head Vodka).
In which film does the character Jack Torrance famously say, “I’ll have a bourbon, on the rocks”?
Answer: “The Shining.”
This celebrity launched Aviation American Gin and is known for his role in “Deadpool.”
Answer: Ryan Reynolds.
What is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s tequila brand called?
Which character in the movie “The Big Lebowski” orders a White Russian throughout the film?
Answer: The Dude (Jeff Bridges).
Which fictional character is known for ordering his signature Martini, shaken, not stirred?
Answer: James Bond.
Who is the fighter involved in the whiskey brand “The Proper No. Twelve”?
Answer: Conor McGregor.
In which TV show do characters frequently gather at a bar called “MacLaren’s Pub”?
Answer: “How I Met Your Mother.”
This wildly popular and hilarious film follows a group of friends reuniting for a bachelor party weekend in Las Vegas.
Answer: “The Hangover.”
In which movie does a character named Ron say, “I love Scotch. Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch”?
Answer: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”
Alcohol and Cocktail Trivia: The Art of Mixology
Which mixer is often used to add effervescence to cocktails?
Answer: Soda water.
Which type of liquor is typically aged in charred oak barrels?
This sweet and aromatic red syrup, often used in cocktails like the Tequila Sunrise, is made from pomegranates and sugar. What’s it called?
Vermouth is a fortified wine used in cocktails like the Martini. What are the two main types of vermouth used in cocktails?
Answer: Sweet (red) vermouth and dry (white) vermouth.
What are the two main components of a cocktail shaker?
Answer: A metal or glass container and a lid.
Which cocktail shaker is preferred by some bartenders for its tight seal and efficient mixing?
Answer: Boston shaker.
What is “muddling” in cocktail-making?
Answer: Gently mashing fruits, herbs, or other ingredients to release their flavors.
What cocktail often involves muddling mint leaves and sugar before adding rum, lime juice, and soda water?
What are bitters in cocktails and what are they used for?
Answer: Concentrated, aromatic liquids made from herbs, roots, and spices to add depth and complexity.
What is the main ingredient that gives Angostura bitters its distinctive flavor?
Answer: Gentian root.
What type of liqueur is used to make the cocktail known as a “Margarita”?
Answer: Triple sec.
Which liqueur is made from aniseed and has a distinct licorice flavor?
What is the name of the coffee-flavored liqueur often used in cocktails like the “White Russian”?
What is the term used to describe a spirit served in its pure form, without mixers or ice?
Which type of glass is often used for serving spirits neat?
Answer: Tumbler, lowball, or rocks glass.
What does the term “on the rocks” mean in cocktail ordering?
Answer: The cocktail is served over ice cubes.
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