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Here's an interesting consumer note: Whiskey is spelled with an e if it's made in North America or Ireland, without an e — whisky — if it comes from another country (Scotland is the best example).

Why? Nobody knows for sure. But a reasonable assumption is that the Scots may simply have dropped the eto differentiate their distilled spirits from the spirits distilled in Ireland. Journeying to the United States, Irish immigrants brought their distillation methods and their e with them, so theirs became the name for whiskey made in America.

On its own, alcohol provides energy (7 calories per gram) but no nutrients, so distilled spirits, such as whiskey or plain, unflavored vodka serve up nothing but calories. Beer, wine, cider, and other fermented beverages, such as kumiss (fermented milk), contain some of the food from which they were made, so they contain small amounts of proteins and carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

Table 9-1 Foods Used to Make Alcohol Beverages

Original Food

Alcohol Beverage Produced

Fruit and fruit juice

Agave plant

Tequila

Apples

Hard cider

Grapes and other fruits

Wine

Grain

Barley

Beer, various distilled spirits, kvass

Corn

Bourbon, corn whiskey, beer

Rice

Sake (a distilled product), rice wine

Rye

Whiskey

Wheat

Distilled spirits, beer

Others

Honey

Mead

Milk

Kumiss (koumiss), kefir

Potatoes

Vodka

Sugar cane

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