What is Grappa?
Grappa is an Italian brandy made from pomace, the grapes left over from the wine-making process. Sometimes referred to as ‘firewater’, this powerful form of alcohol has a well-deserved reputation for being strong. However, the alcohol content of this brandy can vary greatly, from 35 to 60 percent. Likewise, the taste and flavor of each batch can vary as much as wine, according to both the type of grape and the distilling process. At its best, grappa can taste sweet, with notes of sharp plums and an edge of honey or warm, rich berries.
How to Make?
This alcohol is made with all parts of the grapes – skins, seeds, and stems – after they have been pressed to make wine.
Grappa Liquor Recipe
- The grapes are pulverized to make a pulp called pomace.
- This pomace is then heated, distilled, chilled, stored, and cured for six or more months.
- Some types of grappa are aged in casks made from oak, acacia or ash wood to deepen the flavor.
When taken in moderation, there are a number of potential health benefits of drinking grappa.
- Alcohol has been shown to reduce short-term stress, calm the body, and elevate your mood.
- Studies have demonstrated that small quantities of alcohol can have a positive effect on blood vessels and even help regulate the circulatory system.
- You may also find that a small intake of liquor such as grappa will improve your appetite.
However, large scale clinical trials are required to better understand the benefits and risks of moderate alcohol consumption.
Adverse Risks Associated with Alcohol Consumption: Moderation is key. The risks involved with drinking excessive alcohol can be short term such as violence and injuries to long-term health risks such as chronic diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who should not drink alcohol include women who are pregnant, individuals younger than 21 years of age, and people who are recovering from alcoholism or cannot control the amount they drink. Also, it should be avoided by people who are planning to drive or any other activity that required focus and skill.