While alcoholic drinks are often made from brewed or distilled grains, some contain no grain at all. These beverages include fruit-based drinks such as wine, as well as drinks made from a variety of animal and non-fruit plant products.
Alcoholic drinks made from fruit generally do not contain grain. These include all types of wine as well as drinks made from wine, such as brandy. Other fruit-based alcoholic drinks include cider, which is made from apples, and perry, made from pears. Fruit brandies like palinka or slivovitz also contain no grain.
Alcoholic beverages can be made from a range of plants other than grain or fruit. For instance, tequila is made from the agave cactus, while cachaca is made from sugarcane juice.
Alcoholic drinks made from animal products include mead, which is made from honey, and kumis, made from fermented horse milk. These products don't contain grain unless they are mixed with grain alcohol.
Dr James Holloway has been writing about games, geek culture and whisky since 1995. A former editor of "Archaeological Review from Cambridge," he has also written for Fortean Times, Fantasy Flight Games and The Unspeakable Oath. A graduate of Cambridge University, Holloway runs the blog Gonzo History Gaming.