base spirit

noun

Definition of base spirit

:a distilled liquor that provides the alcoholic base for liqueurs and cocktails
  • The ratio of gin or vodka to vermouth is entirely up to your discretion, but although many people prefer a mere hint of vermouth in their Martinis, I suggest that you start by using one part vermouth to each four or five parts base spirit.
  • —Gary ReganThe Joy of Mixology2003

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First Known Use of base spirit

1982


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