fire·​wa·​ter | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce firewater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of firewater

: strong alcoholic liquor

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  • nonintoxicant
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Examples of firewater in a Sentence

the bartender recommended a drink made with the local firewater, a potent gin
Recent Examples on the Web The share price of Kweichow Moutai, China’s most exclusive brand of baijiu firewater, continues to soar, hinting at a thirst for luxury tipples among the super-rich. The Economist, "Schumpeter Farewell for now to a golden age of drinking," 23 May 2020 The adult beverages are also pure Colombia, from the top-selling Aguila beer to the country’s official spirit, aguardiente (firewater!), to the sweetest-ever tropical margaritas. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Restaurant Review: Los Parceros, the tiny East Colfax Colombian restaurant with a big arepa menu," 5 Sep. 2019 This version incorporates pineapple, allspice, falernum, spicy firewater, and a pinch of the superfood powder known as Blue Majik. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Margaritas to Drink in L.A. Right Now," 19 Feb. 2018 In January, Arcadia Publishing released North Carolina Moonshine, a book about the Tar Heel State’s role in firewater history, covering everything from the NASCAR connection to local moonshining celebrities. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "How Moonshine Bootlegging Gave Rise to NASCAR," 10 Feb. 2017 Either is perfect with the grapefruit, lime, agave, firewater bitters and a Tajín-speckled cucumber slice. Michele Parente,, "50 things about Hundred Proof," 18 Oct. 2017 Some say it was created for Sir Frances Drake while the more likely story is that slaves in the Cuban sugar cane fields crafted the drink from a homemade rum called aguadiente (literal translation: firewater), mint and limes. Kevin Hopper, idahostatesman, "When the backyard gives you mint, make mojitos," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of firewater

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Firewater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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