Drinks writer Matthew Latkiewicz schools you in the A-Z's of alcohol. He actually wrote the book on drinking—the highly readable, entertaining, and dare we say educational "You Suck At Drinking," which you should definitely pick up from Amazon or wherever physical and digital books are sold.
Drinktionary: A is for Alcohol
Alcohol by any other name is methane. Explore the early origins of booze and all the ways it's changed to become your favourite adult beverage.
Drinktionary: B is for Bartender
Go behind the bar to shed some light on the stewards of the sauce.
Drinktionary: C is for Cocktail
Learn more about the cocktail, made famous in Jerry Thomas' Bartender's Guide back in 1862!
Drinktionary: D is for Dale Degroff
Have a look at the Rainbow Room's Legendary King of Cocktails and the difference between a mixed drink and that crap you drank in college.
Drinktionary: E is for Egg Whites
Explore the cocktail's most polarizing ingredient: the egg white. Does it lead to a frothy dream or a slimy disaster?
Drinktionary: F is for Flask
Learn why the flask is the must have accessory for any honest Drinker.
Drinktionary: G is for Grog
Learn how five shots a day and Admiral Sir. Edward Vernon created this 1740's colonial classic: Grog.
Drinktionary: H is for Hangover
No good deed goes unpunished as we explore the hangover.
Drinktionary: I is for Inebriation
Venture into the truly great unknown: Inebriation.
Drinktionary: J is for Julep
The basics of the Julep are as simple as cocktail making gets and comes in many forms... in actuality, the Julep pre-dates the modern cocktail and was known for sharing in the 1850's thanks to Mr. John Dabney.
Drinktionary: K is for Keg
Beer used to be served warm and barely carbonated (the horror). That is, until John Wafting invented the beer pump in 1688 which kickstarted a wave of new inventions that has resulted in the glorious keg brewers know and love.
Drinktionary: L is for Liqueur
Whether you have trouble pronouncing it, spelling it - or both - there's no denying that a proper understanding of liqueur is a key pillar in your quest to become a more educated drinker.
Drinktionary: M is for Martini
Maximum flavour and minimal ingredients make the Martini the one drink no one should fuck up.
Drinktionary: N is for New Orleans
A legendary city known for jazz, beignets, Mardi Gras, and open container laws.
Drinktionary: O is for Orgeat
We dare you to try and pronounce the name of this quintessential tiki drink ingredient.
Drinktionary: P is for Prohibition
A dry run through America's sad sober stint.
Drinktionary: Q is for Quinine
The magical ingredient that means your gin and tonic could theoretically cure Malaria.
Drinktionary: R is for Rounds
Teach all your stingy drinking mates proper etiquette and learn more about Rounds.
Drinktionary: S is for Shaking
Shaken, not stirred, what's the difference? Delve deeper into this critical cocktail process.
Drinktionary: T is for Terroir
Does French dirt taste better than American dirt? Let's talk about Terroir.
Drinktionary: U is for Underberg
Explore the German digestif known as Underberg.
Drinktionary: V is for Vodka
Love it or hate it, we dare you to define it. What exactly is vodka?
Drinktionary: W is for Whiskey
Like magic for adults, we explore whiskey.
Drinktionary: XYZ is for Examine Your Zipper
Examine yourself before you embarrass yourself, final thoughts on how to drink well and stay smart doing so.