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

Definition of firewater

: strong alcoholic liquor

Synonyms & Antonyms for firewater



  • 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 Poitín is often called Irish moonshine, but that implies the crude firewater associated with American Prohibition-era bootleggers. Liza Weisstuch,, 23 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 10 Feb. 2017 Either is perfect with the grapefruit, lime, agave, firewater bitters and a Tajín-speckled cucumber slice. Michele Parente,, 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, 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of firewater

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of firewater was in 1817

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“Firewater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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