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Absinthe:
Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic beverage. It is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium (wormwood), together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green colour but may also be colourless. (more)
Absolut Vodka:
Produced near Åhus, Skåne, in southern Sweden, it was bought for 5.63 billion Euros in 2008 from the Swedish State. Absolute is the third largest brand of alcoholic spirits in the world after Bacardi and Smirnoff, and is sold in 126 countries (more)
AC:
Appellation Contrôlée. A description awarded to French wine guaranteeing that it was produced in the region specified, using vines and production methods which satisfy the regulating body..
Age:
Usually determines the year something was vintaged or bottled. It is important that you are aware of the shelf-life of each product in your bar to prevent using inferior products. Products that are wine based and liqueurs with low alcoholic content have a very short self-life once opened and there is no indication on the bottles to help you.
Alcohol:
Common to all liquor. Ethyl alcohol, spirits distilled from grain, grape, fruit and cane are most common.
Ale:
Brewed from malt and hops. Usually stronger and slightly more bitter than beer. Color can vary from light to dark amber.
Amaretto:
Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavoured, Italian liqueur. (more)
American Shaker:
A two piece shaker, half glass and half stainless steel. (more)
American Whiskey:
Is a distilled beverage produced in the United States from a fermented mash of cereal grain which must contain 51% of that grain if mentioned on the label. (more) (video)
Angel Strainer:
A round headed strainer with a spring and wing type lugs. Used to strain cocktails from the ice. Fits on top of shaker or mixing glass. (more)
Angostura:
A concentrated bitters made of water, 45.6% alcohol, gentian root, and vegetable flavouring extracts by House of Angostura in Trinidad and Tobago. (more)
A.O.C.
The appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) which translates as "controlled designation of origin", is the French certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products, all under the auspices of the government bureau Institute national des appellations d'origine, now called Institute national de l'origine et de la qualité (INAO). It is based on the concept of terroir.
Aperitif:
Originating from the Latin word aperio, aperitifs were originally conceived to "open" or prepare the appetite for a meal.
Aquavit:
Aquavit is a distilled potato- or grain-based spirit common across the Scandinavian countries, similar in taste to vodka. The name is derived from the Latin aqua vitae, "water of life." Most commonly flavoured with caraway, it can also be prepared by infusing it with combinations of ginger, fennel, anise, coriander, fresh berries, and citrus fruits. 
Alternate Spellings: Akvavit (in Danish and Swedish); Akvaviitti (in Finnish); Ákavíti (in Icelandic); Akevitt (in Norwegian). (more)
Armagnac:
Armagnac is a grape brandy produced in Gascony in the South West region of France (more)
Atsby:
Atsby Aberthorn is hand-crafted, a New York vermouth made with vintage chardonnay. (more)
Aurum (liqueur)
Aurum is a sweet Italian liqueur produced in Pescara since 1925, it has a 40% alcoholic volume. (More)
Australian Coffee:
A liqueur coffee made with Bundaberg Rum, sugar and topped with cream.