Cocktail Corner: The Compendium of Alcohol Ingredients and Processes

Photo by Isabella Mendes, courtesy

Photo by Isabella Mendes, courtesy

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg 

Have you ever wondered about the origins of what’s in your glass?

Here’s a fun infographic from, The Compendium of Alcohol Ingredients and Processes, which provides an overview of how alcohol is made around the world.

Some fun facts: Mead, a favorite beverage of the Renaissance Faire crowd, actually originated in China, and beer has its origins in Egypt. The Swiss created absinthe, which has 60% alcohol content and is known for causing hallucinations.


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Leslie Dinaberg

When she’s not busy working as the editor of Santa Barbara SEASONS, Cocktail Corner author Leslie Dinaberg writes magazine articles, newspaper columns and grocery lists. When it comes to cocktails, Leslie believes variety is the spice of life. Send your suggestions to

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on April 13, 2018.