Brain Teaser – Drinks

This week’s brainteaser is about drinks of various kinds. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

1. Cider is usually a fizzy beverage made from which fruit?

2. Chianti is a wine produced in which country: France, Spain or Italy?

3. Darjeeling and Lapsang are kinds of which drink?

4. Use the name of a drink to fill the gap in this title of a 1947 novel by Compton Mackenzie: “____ Galore”.

5. Which fortified wine was originally made around Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain?

6. What name is given to coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground coffee beans?

7. Which drink was invented by Dr John Pemberton in the 1880s: a mixture of sugar, water, coca extracts, kola nut and caffeine?

8. Complete this quotation from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” with a word for a drink: “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and…?”

9. Which drink, originating in Portugal, has four basic styles: white, tawny, ruby, and vintage?

10. Who wrote the Coffee Cantata in the 1730s?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (


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