Two thousand years ago, before science was truly science, people thought everything was magical and alcohol was believed to be made of actual spirits.

The Greeks realized that alcohol evaporated quickly and believed it did so because it was actually getting up and going somewhere else.

Even the word alcohol, which comes from Arabic ‘al-kuhl’, originated from alchemists who named it after a ‘body-eating’ spirit because of how they felt when they consumed alcohol; how it deadened their senses and seemed to take their bodies.

Knowing this, influential Europeans who understood its etymology coined the use of the term “spirits” for alcohol.

It came from the English word “spirit”, which is from Latin spiritus, “breath” and was intended to reflect this ancient belief that alcohol was made of spirits and that consuming it could lead to behavior that may be influenced by literal spirits.