"People have enjoyed fermented beverages since the beginning of civilization. However, it wasn’t until an alchemist’s discovery of distillation that the party really took off! The art of making distilled beverages creates an endless variety of spirits ranging from the most basic (vodka) to complex (whiskey and brandy)."
"Crafting distilled spirits is a combination of both science and art and can often be a long and difficult process. Many decisions have to be made during production from the type of yeast to use for the initial fermentation, type of still to use, method of distillation, selecting the right barrels (if aging the spirit) to adding additional ingredients before bottling – the choices are almost endless." ref. Total Wines & More
I make a liquor from spirits, water, sugar and vanilla: