400+ Nicknames, Names, and Slang for Alcohol

What nicknames, slangs, or other words are used for alcohol?

The first known use of the word “Alcohol” was in 1672, and the word is said to be derived from the Arabic (Medieval Latin) ‘al-kuhul/al-kohl’ or the French ‘alcool.’

In its earlier use, the term was used to describe powders (kohl powders) that were obtained through the process of sublimation. In the mid-17th century, alcohol was interpreted to mean “a distilled or rectified spirit.”

Today, Alcohol comes in various forms and goes by many names. In this article, we’ve put together a list containing some of the most widely used nicknames for alcohol in its different forms, alcoholics, and slangs for drinking.

So, whether you’re looking for a discreet name for alcohol, or another word you can call alcohol among friends, or an alternative term you could call alcohol when ordering yourself a drink at a bar, you’ve come to the right place!

Popular Nicknames and Slang for Alcohol

Nicknames for alcohol

The following are the most popular terms, slangs, and other words for Alcohol:

  • Brew ‒ Mostly for Beer.
  • Booze ‒ A 14th-century nickname.
  • Goof ‒ Usually cheap alcohol.
  • Hooch ‒ Homemade alcohol.
  • Cold One 
  • Giggle Juice
  • Diesel 
  • Hard Stuff
  • Poison, Petrol, Oil ‒ Because it powers up.
  • Refreshment
  • Sauce ‒ Thick liquid (alcohol).
  • Tipple
  • Cream Sherry
  • Toddy ‒ Alcohol mixed with Hot water and Sugar.
  • Vino ‒ Fruit-based alcohol.
  • Draft ‒ Beer in a Cask or Keg.
  • Liquid bread ‒ Mostly used to describe the filling nature of Beer.
  • Oats Soda ‒ Beer made from Oats.
  • Tummy Buster 
  • Liquid Courage
  • Juice
  • Poteen ‒ Alcohol from potatoes.
  • Giggle Water
  • Adult Beverage
  • Adult Punch
  • Red Hot Chili Pickle ‒ An alcoholic shot.
  • Jungle Juice ‒ Especially for homemade liquor.
  • Eye-Opener
  • Nightcap ‒ A drink before bed.
  • Shooter
  • Rotgut ‒ For poor quality or toxic liquor.
  • Brewski
  • Suds
  • Half-rack ‒ 12-pack of Beer.
  • Sixer ‒ 6-pack of Beer.
  • Aqua Vitae ‒ For a strong “spirit.”
  • Firewater
  • Fluid
  • Intoxicant
  • Liquid
  • Potable
  • Sauce ‒ For thick liquid (alcohol).
  • Rag Water
  • Liquid Tar ‒ A mix of dark liquors.
  • Jizznog ‒ A mix of different liquors with milk.
  • The bottle

Nicknames and Slang for Whiskey 

Nicknames for Whiskey

Whiskey (or Whisky as it is sometimes spelled) is a popular alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain. This could be barley, corn, rye, or even wheat. If you love a good whiskey or know someone who does, here are some of the most popular nicknames that whiskey can be called:

  • Bourbon ‒ American Whiskey.
  • Mountain Dew
  • Gaelic Coffee ‒ For blended Scotch Whiskey.
  • Daru ‒ An Indian nickname for Whiskey.
  • Neat ‒ For undiluted Whiskey.
  • Moonshine ‒ For illegal homemade whiskey, known for being distilled under the moonlight.
  • Beesting ‒ A combination of Whiskey and vodka.
  • Tennessee Mouthwash ‒ For Whiskey made in Tennessee.
  • Shot‒ Whiskey in a small glass.
  • Visky ‒ A combination of Vodka and Whiskey.
  • Uisge beatha ‒ the name for whiskey in Irish; it means “Water of Life.”
  • Old Crow ‒ Cheap Whiskey.
  • Doolaid ‒ A combination of Whiskey and Coke Zero.
  • Fireball ‒ Cinnamon flavored Whiskey.
  • Candoodle ‒ A bottle/flask filled with Whiskey.
  • Snifter ‒ Whiskey in a hip-flask.
  • Ballantine ‒ Whiskey with Coke or Gardant Fruit.
  • Walking potion ‒ Whiskey with a bit of sugar.
  • Rye ‒ Canadian Whiskey.
  • Stengah ‒ Whisky and soda water.
  • Single malt ‒ Whiskey made from barley.
  • Wisky
  • Drop of the Pure ‒ An old Irish term for a glass of Whiskey.
  • Bells ‒ An aged Scotch Whiskey.
  • Whiskey on the rocks 
  • Boilo ‒ Hot bottle of Whiskey.
  • Rifleman ‒ For really strong Whiskey.
  • Maple shot ‒ Whiskey mixed with Maple.
  • Gindian ‒ Whiskey mixed with Gin.
  • CC&G ‒ Whiskey mixed with Ginger-Ale.
  • Liquid dessert
  • Scotch ‒ Brown Whiskey.
  • Spiritus Frumenti ‒ Whiskey from fermented grain.
  • Usquebaugh ‒ An Irish name for Whiskey.
  • White Lightning ‒ Clear color Whiskey.
  • Who-shot-john ‒ A Southern slang for Whiskey.
  • Pop-Skull ‒ Inferior/Cheap Whiskey.
  • Corn-squeezins ‒ Whiskey made from corn.
  • Lantern fuel ‒ Because Whiskey bottles can double as lanterns too! 
  • Anti-freeze ‒ An active ingredient in Whiskey.
  • Blackjack ‒ From Whiskey’s dark color.
  • Dram ‒ A Scottish term used to refer to a single serving of whiskey

Nicknames and Slang for Brandy 

Slang for Brandy

Brandy is an intoxicating liquor produced by distilling wine and is usually aged in wooden casks. If you’ve got a weak spot for this spirit, here are some other names for brandy:

  • Brandeh
  • Yack ‒ For expensive brandy.
  • Moesha ‒ For brandy liquor.
  • Witty Chuck ‒ Brandy and Ginger Ale.
  • Evil Juice ‒ For cheap brandy.
  • Yak Potion ‒ A strong and nasty-tasting brandy.
  • Brapple ‒ Brandy mixed with Apple juice.
  • Good Wood ‒ Korbel brandy mixed with diet coke.
  • Bailoni ‒ Apricot brandy.
  • Hot Toddy ‒ Brandy served hot.
  • Palinka ‒ Fruit brandy.
  • Karate Water ‒ Brandy mixed with Coke.
  • Cherry Bomber ‒ Brandy with cherry and ice.
  • Spreadah ‒ coffee-flavored brandy.
  • Vitamin B&C ‒ South-African name for brandy and coke.
  • Jersey Lightning ‒ Brandy from hard apple cider.
  • Gorilla Milk ‒ Brandy with milk.
  • Gravy Drink
  • Kirschwasser ‒ Brandy made from cherries.
  • Grandpa Juice
  • Xoteric ‒ Brandy mixed with tropical fruits.
  • Calvados ‒ Apple brandy.
  • Ruckus ‒ Rum and brandy.
  • Brown Liquor

Nicknames and Slang for Champagne 

Nicknames for Champagne

Everybody loves a tasty glass of Champagne, and this French sparkling wine is known for having a good number of nicknames. Here’s a couple of the most popular nicknames for champagne:

  • Champansky
  • Bubbly/Bubbles
  • Champers
  • Fizz
  • Shampoo ‒ For fizzy and sweet-smelling champagne.
  • Sparkler
  • Road Mimosa/Mimosa/Pommosa ‒ Champagne with orange juice.
  • Mo-Weezy ‒ For Moët champagne.
  • Crystalle ‒ For expensive champagne.
  • Bottle of Bub
  • Champipple ‒ A mix of champagne and ripple.
  • Blow Hole ‒ Champagne and Fruit drink.
  • Passion Pop
  • Shamps ‒ Variant of Champagne.
  • Champizzle/Twizpagne ‒ Champagne with a Rainbow Twizzler straw.
  • Champale ‒ Poor quality or imitation of Champagne.
  • Alejandra ‒ Champagne, and beer.
  • Sean Don ‒ Street name for Moet & Chandon.
  • Cristal Rose
  • Goon ‒ Cheap champagne.
  • Cup of Ace/Cup of Goose/Cup of Cris ‒ Expensive champagne.
  • Champ Juice
  • Shampahnyeh
  • Fizzurp ‒ Champagne with cough syrup.
  • Saclaira ‒ Champagne mixed with mango.
  • Buck’s Fizz ‒ Alcohol for special events.
  • Dirty Diamonds ‒ Diamonds being Champagne bubbles.
  • Flirtini ‒ A mix of Champagne, Vodka and Pineapple Juice.
  • Rosay
  • Winner’s Juice ‒ Alcohol for Nobles.
  • Heatherberry ‒ Champagne with cranberry juice.
  • Sparkle Bomb
  • Sparksmosa
  • Jazzy Juice
  • Sunshine in A Bottle
  • Goldie

Nicknames and Slang for Rum

Slang for Rum

Rum is a popular liquor that is made by fermenting and distilling sugarcane molasses/sugarcane juice, which is then aged in oak barrels. If Rum is your thing, here are slang used to describe Rum:

  • Rums 
  • Rhum 
  • Aguardiente ‒ Meaning “Fire Water.”
  • Kill-Devil ‒ Due to its harshness.
  • Demon Water
  • Devil’s Kool-Aid
  • Jock Juice ‒ Rum mixed with Gatorade.
  • Navy Neaters ‒ Popular among Navy officers.
  • Nelson’s Blood ‒ From the Legendary story of Admiral Nelson.
  • Grog ‒ Alternative to the nickname above.
  • Barbados Water ‒ It is presumed that Rum originated from Barbados.
  • Pirates Drink/Pirate Juice 
  • Rumbullion
  • Sugarcane ‒ An ingredient popularly used in rum.
  • Splice the mainbrace ‒ A nickname popular among seamen on duty. 
  • Julian/Roman ‒ Rum mixed with coke.
  • Caribeer ‒ Caribbean rum.
  • Happy juice ‒ Rum mixed with Orange juice.
  • Miami Vice ‒ A very fruity rum.
  • Pirate Beer
  • Spicy Cougar ‒ Spiced rum mixed with sprite.
  • Power Cougar ‒ Spiced rum mixed with pineapple juice.
  • Rumski ‒ Rum and Coke.
  • Black rat ‒ Alternative to the nickname above.
  • Pirate Ale 
  • Rumbo ‒ Rum mixed with cola.
  • Skinny Captain ‒ Rum mixed with diet coke.
  • Wave Cutter ‒ Rum with cranberry juice and orange juice.
  • Powerdrill ‒ Rum mixed with lemonade.
  • Crum ‒ Cream soda mixed with rum.
  • Roman Coke

Nicknames and Slang for Vodka

Nicknames for Vodka

Vodka is a clear alcoholic drink that originates from Poland and Russia. This intoxicating beverage is primarily made up of water and ethanol. If you’ve got a weak spot for this drink, here are some popular nicknames for Vodka:

  • Vods 
  • Vodak
  • Stoli/Stolichnya ‒ For excellent vodka.
  • Vegas water
  • Wódka ‒ Polish variant of Vodka.
  • Screwdriver ‒ Orange juice and vodka.
  • Ghetto Juice ‒ Vodka and Gatorade.
  • Russian bottled water
  • Vat ‒ Vodka and Tonic.
  • Voodoo ‒ Vodka mixed with Mountain Dew
  • Vdog
  • Uncle Carl ‒ Cranberry and Vodka mixed drink.
  • Bananodka ‒ Banana flavored vodka.
  • Potato Juice
  • Badcat ‒ Codename for Vodka.
  • One-armed scissor ‒ Vodka and Red Bull.
  • Samogonka ‒ Russian homemade Vodka.
  • Cherry bomb ‒ Vodka with Red Bull.
  • Vodkie
  • Voka
  • Belve ‒ Polish vodka.
  • Green Dragon ‒ Vodka mixed with weed.
  • Slim-jim Slammerson ‒ A slang for vodka.
  • Smir Smir ‒ A slang for Smirnoff vodka.
  • Moskovskaya ‒ Russian vodka.
  • Vitamin V
  • Wadka ‒ Watered down Vodka.
  • Strawdriver ‒ Vodka and strawberry juice.
  • Party water
  • Voddy
  • Magic water
  • Jibb-Juice
  • Champion juice
  • Wacky Water
  • Devil’s vomit ‒ A mix of two shots of vodka with orange juice & cream soda.
  • Pirate Drank
  • Sailor’s Sour Cream
  • Juicy Jerry
  • Monster Mix ‒ Vodka mixed with other liquors.
  • Dizzy water
  • Potato sauce ‒ For Vodka made from fermented grain such as potato.
  • Russian wine
  • Vagga ‒ Slang for vodka.
  • Vakaka ‒ Alternative to the nickname above.
  • Voon ‒ Vodka in a cask.
  • Dizzy water

Nicknames and Slang for Tequila 

Slang for Tequila

Tequila is a Mexican distilled spirit that is made from the blue agave plant in the city of Tequila, Mexico. If this alcoholic drink is a favorite of yours, here are some recognized nicknames for Tequila:

  • TQ
  • Teq
  • Devil’s water
  • Felony juice
  • Mexican water
  • Mockingbird ‒ A popular slang for Tequila.
  • Tekillya ‒ For a strong liquor.
  • Tesmellya ‒ A Mexican name for Tequila.
  • Spequila ‒ Tequila with Sprite.
  • Mexican champagne
  • Worm
  • Rugby shot ‒ An intense shot of tequila.
  • Magic potion ‒ Tequila mixed with weed.
  • Mexican tornado
  • Mexican Death Mix ‒ A combination of Tequila, Margarita Mix, and Redbull.
  • Yellow Sunrise ‒ Tequila mixed with orange Gatorade.
  • Redneck Margarita ‒ A glass of cheap tequila and Mountain Dew.
  • Patron on Ice ‒ Meaning “Tequila on ice.”
  • Patrizzle ‒ An alternative to the name above.
  • Vitamin T
  • Mexican Mouthwash ‒ For a bottle of tequila.
  • Agave

Nicknames and Slang for Gin

Slang for Gin

Gin is a distilled liquor that derives its flavor from juniper berries or other botanical/herbal spice and fruit flavors, which is then mixed with tonic water. If you enjoy indulging in this healthy beverage, here are some interesting nicknames for gin:

  • Ginny
  • Silver 
  • Daffy 
  • Old Tom
  • Jackey
  • White Satin
  • Jenever/Genever ‒ Dutch or Belgian gin.
  • Blue ruin ‒ For its bluish color.
  • Green Gimble ‒ Mix of Gin and Mountain dew.
  • The Devil’s Left Hand ‒ A name for gin.
  • Looch ‒ For gin and tonic.
  • Duzac ‒ Gin & pomegranate juice.
  • Hollands – Inspired by gin’s European roots.
  • Dutch Courage ‒ Alternative to the nickname above.
  • Pink Ginade ‒ A mix of gin and pink lemonade.
  • Gin on The Rocks ‒ Gin, Grenadine, and lemon juice poured over ice.
  • Doggy fizzle ‒ Gin mixed with juice.
  • Mother’s Ruin ‒ A name that originates from the mid-eighteenth century.
  • Mother’s Milk
  • OJ Simpson ‒ Gin with orange juice.
  • Cuckold’s Comfort
  • Ogin ‒ Pronounced as ‘oh-gin.’
  • Juniper
  • Blue Lightening – Because gin may turn you blue.
  • Highball ‒ Gin and tonic.
  • Max
  • Flash of Lightning
  • Velvet Crush ‒ Gin mixed with Kool-Aid.
  • The out and out ‒ Just because it’ll knock you out.
  • Knock me Down ‒ Alternative to the nickname above.
  • Kill Grief
  • Cream of the valley
  • Cliff
  • Lavender ‒ For flavored gin.

Nicknames for Alcoholics 

slang for Alcoholics

Just as there are different slang for alcohol, there are also different nicknames, slang, and terms for alcoholics. The following are different slang used for alcoholics:

  • Drunk
  • Alchie/Alkey/Alkie
  • Red labeled 
  • Lush
  • Sot
  • Goldiedrunk
  • Sponge
  • Toper
  • Wino
  • Tippler
  • Alcoholic
  • Boozer
  • Dipsomaniac
  • Drunkard
  • Guzzler
  • Souse
  • Carouser
  • Debauchee
  • Inebriate
  • Soak
  • Stiff
  • Juicer
  • Bacchanalian
  • Barfly
  • Tosspot
  • Bibber/Wine-bibber
  • Brewery
  • Wine Factory

Slang for Drunk

Slang for Drunk

Just as there are different street names for alcohol and alcoholics, there are many slangs for drinking alcohol. Most of the popular terms used to describe being drunk are close analogies of being switched off or oblivious of anything. So, you get terms like “Wasted, Finished, Slammed, Shut down, Gone, etc.” Some of these terms are used for being under the influence of drugs as well.

Here is a list of different slangs for being drunk:

  • Arseholed
  • Away with the fairies
  • Barking at the moon/ howling at the moon
  • Basted 
  • Battered
  • Blacked Out
  • Bladdered
  • Blasted
  • Blotto
  • Bombed
  • Boozed-up
  • Bulletproof
  • Buzzed
  • Caked
  • Canned
  • Cockeyed
  • Corked
  • Crushed
  • Cut Off
  • Damaged
  • Dancing on The Ceiling
  • Destroyed
  • Embalmed
  • Fanny-bawed ‒ Scottish slang for drunk
  • Fecked
  • Feeling no pain
  • Filled with the spirit
  • Finished
  • Flushed
  • Four sheets to the wind
  • Fried
  • Fuck-faced
  • Full as a tick
  • Gibbered
  • Ginned up
  • Gobsmacked
  • Gone
  • Had a few
  • Half-cut
  • Hammered
  • Hop-head
  • Hosed
  • Hungover
  • Inebriated
  • In the horrors ‒ Irish slang for drunkenness.
  • Jarred
  • Juiced-up
  • Kaput
  • Knackered
  • Legless
  • Limber
  • Liquored up
  • Liver lushed (L’ivresse) ‒ French slang for drunkenness.
  • Loaded
  • Logged Out
  • Merry
  • Off my face
  • Off my head
  • Off my tits
  • Off the path
  • Off the wagon
  • Oiled
  • On a bender
  • On a toot
  • On the piss
  • Out of it
  • Paralytic
  • Passed Out
  • Pie-eyed
  • Piss drunk
  • Pissed
  • Pissed as a newt/fart
  • Pissed out of my mind
  • Plastered
  • Ploughed
  • Porch climber ‒ A Canadian slang for someone, who is extremely drunk.
  • Railed
  • Rat-arsed
  • Shit-canned
  • Shite-holed
  • Shit-faced
  • Shit-housed
  • Shittered
  • Shut down
  • Skunked
  • Slammed
  • Slammered
  • Slaughtered
  • Sloshed
  • Soaked
  • Squiffy
  • Steamed
  • Steaming
  • Strung-out
  • Tanked
  • Tanked Up
  • Three sheets to the wind
  • Tipsy
  • Toast
  • Toasted
  • Trousered
  • Two sheets to the wind
  • Under full sail
  • Under the influence
  • Wall-eyed
  • Wasted
  • Wearing a wobbly boot ‒ Australian slang for drunkenness.
  • Well gone
  • Well oiled
  • Wrecked

So, there you have it – a list of the different street names for alcohol, slangs for alcoholics, and the different words used to describe being drunk.

If there is any term or words for alcohol we have missed, whether it is slang for alcohol in your culture or a codeword for alcohol in your social circle, be a sport and share it with us in the comment section below!

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