Whether it's a short, shooter or shot: it always means the same thing. All three terms refer to a drink with approx. 15 to 40 percent alcohol by volume that is drunk in one gulp. Little has changed in its production from the Middle Ages until today: the alcoholic components of the raw material are extracted and concentrated through heating, evaporation and condensation. The term "spirit" reflects this process to this day: It comes from the Latin "spiritus" and means "spirit". Calvados is nothing more than the "spirit of the apple", rum the "spirit of sugar cane" and wheat grain the "spirit of wheat". In the form of liqueurs, fruit and grain spirits, shots are an integral part of the global drinking culture; They are usually enjoyed as an aperitif or digestive, but they also come in the form of small cocktails. The variety of varieties knows no bounds, and fine wines have become coveted luxury items and popular gifts.