Alcohol and Cooking: Which Brands Are Best?

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Have you ever thought about combining alcohol with your cooking? Alcohol actually adds a lot of flavor to your recipes. Just think of vanilla, an alcohol-based extract that provides intense flavoring. By incorporating alcohol into your cooking you can create a palate-pleasing taste.

Some recipes require alcohol in order to achieve their full flavor. In the case of breads and batters, beer contains yeast, which helps to leaven batter. In some marinades, tough fibers can be broken down with certain alcoholic beverages. Alcohol also adds pizzazz to flaming dishes, known as flambé.

Types of Alcohol

There are many different types of alcohol that can be used in a variety of recipes. Some of the more common types used in cooking include:

  • Whiskey - There are three common types of whiskey. Straight whiskey is no less than 80 proof and is aged for at least 2 years. Bottled-in-Bond whiskey is no less than 100 proof and is aged for a minimum of 4 years. Light whiskey is between 161 and 189 proof. It is mixed with less than 20% straight whiskey.
  • Bourbon - Bourbon is also known as "corn whiskey," as it is a variation of whiskey. It is aged for at least 2 years and contains at least 51% of corn.
  • Grand Marnier - This is a cognac brand which has orange flavoring.