A New Year’s drink quiz to quench your thirst for knowledge

1. Which country is the world’s largest producer of wine by volume?

) France

b) Spain

c) Chile

of Italy

2. What is the difference between a measure of spirits served in a pub in England and one served in a bar in Northern Ireland?

a) 5 ml

b) 8 ml

c) 10 ml

d) No difference

3. How did Pepsi Cola get its name?

a) It was originally advertised as a relief from dyspepsia

b) The man who designed the recipe was a Mr. C. Pepp

c) Pepsi is slang for “delicious” in Mexico

d) It was originally called “Pipsy” after the name of the inventor for his niece Philippa

4. Which of these countries is NOT a coffee producing country?

a) China

b) United States

c) Turkey

d) Uganda

5. How many calories are in a pint of Guinness?

a) 190

b) 210

c) 280

d) 320

6. Reims in the big city in which French wine region?

a) Beaujolais

b) Alsace

c) Burgundy

d) Champagne

7. What is “Dublin Dr Pepper”?

a) An Irish rival to the famous American soft drink

b) A unique formulation of the drink made in Dublin, Texas

c) Dr Pepper with a shot of whiskey

d) Dr Pepper which was only sold in Ireland

8. What plant must gin contain to be legally called a gin?

a) Juniper

b) Coriander

c) Angelica

d) Licorice

9. In the distillation of whiskey, what is the “share of the angels”?

a) The first portion of alcohol flows from the still which is then discarded

b) Spirits too high in alcohol to be used

c) Mind turned upside down during the production process

d) Spirit that evaporates during the barrel aging process.

10. According to the British Tea Producers’ Association, what should be the maximum temperature of the water used to brew a cup of tea?

a) 65 ° C

b) 75 ° C

c) 85 ° C

d) 100 ° C

11. Which nationality was named the most drunk in the world by the Global Drug Survey in 2020?

a) Australian

b) British

c) Irish

d) Finnish

12. In which European country are the following drinks found: Rivella, Passaia, Gazzosa and Flauder?

a) Switzerland

b) Poland

c) Portugal

d) Luxembourgish

13. Which book featured “the best drink there is,” the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster?

a) Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

b) Dune

c) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

d) Naked lunch

14. How many years does Irish whiskey have to age in wooden barrels before it can be called a whiskey?

a) One year

b) Three years

c) Five years

d) Seven years

15. Who Said, “Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar but the best get better with age”?

a) Pope John XXIII

b) Mahatma Gandhi

c) Nelson Mandela

d) John F. Kennedy

16. Kopi, a traditional black coffee with a lot of caffeine, sometimes served with milk and sugar, is the national drink of which country?

a) Algeria

b) Singapore

c) Ivory Coast

d) Taiwan

17. How many people know the secret recipe for Coca-Cola?

a) 1

b) 2

c) Hundreds

d) It’s a secret

18. Which movie made “Sweet Vermouth on Ice with a Twist” famous?

a) The Grand Lebowski

b) Groundhog day

c) Cocktail

d) Breakfast at Tiffany’s

19. Why did a beer made by Japanese brewery Sapporo sell for £ 85 for a six-pack when it launched in 2009?

a) The cans were gold plated

b) It was the strongest beer in the world

c) It was made from barley grown on the International Space Station

d) The Emperor of Japan designed the recipe

20. Where does the term alcohol come from?

a) It is a derivation of the Dutch verb busen, which means “to drink to excess”.

b) It was named after a distiller from Philadelphia called Edmund G. Booz

c) It comes from the old German word bausen, which means “to inflate” or “to inflate”

d) It comes from Dr Johnson’s dictionary, where rambooze was a “drink made from wine, beer, eggs and sugar in winter”.


1, D. Italy produces up to 51 million hectoliters of wine per year, followed closely by France with 47 million hectoliters. Spain is third and Chile is sixth after the United States and Argentina.

2, C. A measure of spirits in England is 25 ml, while in Northern Ireland and the Republic it is 35 ml.

3, A. Pepsi was originally called “Brad’s Drink” before being renamed in 1898 and marketed as a potential remedy for indigestion or dyspepsia.

4, C. Turkey’s super strong coffee is made from beans that are roasted in the country, but they are not grown there.

5, B. Which compares surprisingly favorably to a pint of lager, where the calorie count can be between 185 and 225 calories.

6, C. It is the largest town in Champagne with around 185,000 inhabitants.

7, B. This was a unique formulation using cane sugar produced by America’s smallest bottler in Dublin, Texas, until 2012.

8, A. The word gin is actually derived from juniper, which means genever in Dutch and genievre in French.

9, D. The 2% which evaporates during ripening are so named because they disappear in the air.

10, C. The association states that the water should be at least 60 degrees for “the best taste and feel”, but not hotter than 85°vs.

11, A. In a survey of 32 countries, Australians admitted to being drunk on average 27 times in 2020, almost double the global average of 15 times.

12, A. Rivella is a sparkling Swiss whey drink; Passaia is a carbonated passion fruit drink; Gazzosa is a best-selling soft drink with lemon and blueberry flavors and Flauder is a soda combining elderberries and lemon balm.

13, C. In the novel by Douglas Adams, the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster was invented by Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two-headed man.

14, B. Three years is the legal requirement.

15, A.

16, B. It is also known as Nanyang coffee, which means “South Sea” in Mandarin.

17, D. Nobody knows, or rather nobody says it. The myth is that only two people know this at a time, but given the scale of Coca-Cola’s global operations, it would seem next to impossible.

18, B. The film’s main character, Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, was forced to drink the same drink the same way every day in his repetitive nightmare.

19, C. Sapporo Space Barley was one of the most expensive beers in the world when it was launched. Only 250 six-packs were produced and the proceeds were donated to charity.

20. All four answers may be correct, or at least partly true, because no one is absolutely certain of the derivation.

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