You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur, a spirits aficionado, or a beer snob to be curious about what’s in your favorite variety of alcohol. The short answer? Fermented grains or grapes—but inquisitive imbibers wanting to know why vodka tastes different from gin, how scotch is distilled, or why not all brandy varieties can legally be called cognac can check out the booze breakdown below from the latest episode of’s "How Does it Grow?" series.