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May. 18, 2023
Recently, there’s been more of a movement toward mindful drinking. For a variety of reasons, people may want to pay closer attention to the amount of alcohol they’re consuming and sip responsibly. Knowledge is power, and knowing the alcohol by volume (ABV) in your drink can help you make decisions about what and how much you drink.
You may have seen the acronym before, but what is ABV? ABV stands for Alcohol by Volume, and it’s the standard measure of the amount of alcohol present in a drink. It is calculated as a percentage of the total volume of the drink. For example, if you’re wondering what a drink with 5% ABV means, it’s that 5% of the total volume of the drink is made up of alcohol.
GREY GOOSE® Essences, which is vodka infused with real fruit and botanical essences, has a lower ABV of 30%.
Wine ABVs can vary widely depending on the type of wine and its fermentation process, but they typically range from 10 - 15%. Beer ABVs can also vary depending on the style, with some light beers having an ABV as low as 2 - 3%, while others, such as imperial stouts, can reach higher percentages upwards of 10%.
Even if it’s been a while since you were in math class, calculating the ABV of your drink is a rather straightforward process that can be done using a simple formula.
Step 1: Determine the volume of alcohol in the drink.
Step 2: Determine the total volume of the drink.
Step 3: Divide the volume of alcohol by the total volume of the drink.
Step 4: Multiply the result by 100 to get the ABV percentage.
For example, let’s say you want to add a shot of a spirit to a glass of soda water. That would mean:
Step 1: Start with a shot of 25 ml of alcohol.
Step 2: If you added 75 ml of soda water, that would mean a total of 100 ml of liquid.
Step 3: 25 ml divided by 100 ml equals 0.25
Step 4: Multiply that by 100 and you get 25. So that means this theoretical drink has an ABV of 25%.
If you’re searching for some lower ABV options, there’s no shortage of possibilities. Check out some of our lower ABV cocktail ideas to enjoy a delicious, light-tasting drink. You can experiment with our different recipes — then practice making your own ABV calculations at the end.