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1.Which spirit is used to make a Black Russian?

B-Vodka: Despite the name, this cocktail doesn't originate from Russia- the name comes from its main ingredient- vodka. Traditionally, vodka is poured over ice before a coffee liqueur, such as kahlua, is added into the mix. A White Russian is similar, but cream is poured on top and gently stirred in. There are many different variations beyond these two however. To give a couple of examples, subbing out the cream with Baileys gives you a Blind Russian, whilst swapping the vodka for rum results in a White Cuban.

2.What is the surname of the chef who came up with the Irish Coffee?

A-Sheridan: Joe Sheridan was working as the head chef at the port in Foynes, County Limerick in the 1940s. On a cold winter's evening, he served the passengers from a seaplane coffee fortified with whiskey. Although other variations had existed before this, his version put Irish coffee into the limelight. Irish coffee is made using black coffee with whiskey and sugar mixed in before cream is carefully poured in on top as a separate layer. A variation of the drink subs out the whiskey, sugar and cream with Baileys which combines all three into a deliciously popular coffee liqueur.

3.Which of these Italian espresso based drinks includes a little pick me up?

C-Corretto: A caffé corretto is fairly easy to make- it is simply a regular espresso but with a shot of liqueur added in. It is often ordered as a 'caffé corretto alla grappa' and so on. Just change the last bit to your favourite tipple. The name can be taken to mean corrected coffee, that is, that the coffee has been 'corrected' with the alcohol. No doubt the pairing of espresso and strong liqueur makes for quite a powerful drink!

4.Which country produces the strong rum you often find in Jagertee?

A-Austria: Like the mulled wine we enjoy here in the UK as winter arrives, Jagertee is popular in Central Europe. The name means 'hunter's tea', but has certainly garnered a much wider appeal since its origin as a perk for someone tramping through woods covered in snow. The drink is made using black tea and strong rum along with varying amounts of wine, brandy and orange juice, as well as lots of spices. Stroh rum, produced in Austria, is often used in Jagertee. Stroh even sell a ready made variety of Jagertee that includes their popular rum. If you're a fan of mulled wine, you might like to look up a recipe for Jagertee this Christmas!

5.Which of the following doesn't have any tea in it?

B-Long Island Iced Tea: Despite the name, this particular variant of iced tea has no trace of it whatsoever. What it does have is about half a dozen different spirits and liqueurs mixed together that give the appearance, and apparently the taste, of iced tea, though which version that is we aren't sure of. Varying amounts of tequila, vodka, rum, triple sec and gin make up the majority of this drink, typically with a splash of lemon juice and cola for flavour and colour. Something tells us you wouldn't want to be knocking this back in the same quantities you might a regular iced tea.

6.Which country does Kahlúa come from?

C-Mexico: Kahlúa first hit the shelves in 1936 when a small group of friends hit upon the idea for a new drink. Using coffee from Veracruz, they mixed it with rum, corn syrup and vanilla beans to create what has become the world's top selling coffee liqueur. The recipe has become a little more tame over the years- down to 20% volume from 26%- but an alternate version known as Kahlúa Especial ramps it up to 36% and uses premium grade arabica.

7.Where might you be most likely to find Witch's Coffee?

D-Italy: This liqueur coffee hails from the city of Benevento near Naples. The city has a long association with witches dating back to Roman times and the Cult of Isis that flourished there. The drink gets its name from the liqueur used to make it. In 1860 a man named Giuseppe Alberti took inspiration from the city and named his new creation Liquore 'Strega', meaning witch. The liqueur itself is a potent herbal brew with dozens of herbs and spices and a 40% volume. It'll certainly give your coffee quite a kick!

8.Which of these is an alternative name for Jamaican coffee?

A-Calypso coffee: Named after a famous style of music hailing from the region, Calypso coffee uses ingredients you can find on Jamaica. The base of the drink contains coffee mixed with rum and a coffee liqueur like Tia Maria which is made using Jamaican coffee beans. From there, you can add little extras such as whipped cream and ground spices if you didn't think it was enough of a treat in the first place- but do go ahead, Christmas is coming!

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