Earlier this year, the global economy news outlet Quartz put out a data map, shown above, that revealed each country's preference when it came to the most-drunk of the aforementioned five. Twenty five of the 53 countries polled were fans of whiskey, 21 preferred vodka, four for rum, and one, the Netherlands, had gin as their favorite (the 2 remaining had brandy at the top).
The most popular spirit in the States? Vodka, not whiskey, which is interesting considering the latter is in our blood. Some other surprises? Italy was one of the four countries who had rum as its number one. Whiskey, not vodka, was tops in Sweden, and Ireland, believe it or not, voted vodka over whiskey.
Vodka is the most-consumed spirit in Ireland? Man, guess we've been going about our St. Paddy's celebration all wrong. Martinis all around tonight as we close out the holiday at this evening's happy hour.
[Illustration: Richie King, Quartz]