Definition of neutral spirits

: ethanol of 190 or higher proof used especially for blending other alcoholic liquors

Examples of neutral spirits in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, neutral spirits are not allowed to be used, but coloring, flavoring and blending elements are. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 29 July 2022 These are combinations of grain neutral spirits and flavoring, with an initial rollout that includes Apple Pie, Coconut, Blackberry and Oatmeal Cookie. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 20 July 2022 Because it’s made with grain-neutral spirits, Kentucky 74 can be made consistent with every batch, and the negligible alcohol content leaves it at the same ABV as kombucha. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 4 Aug. 2020 According to Butters, the base ethanol Eight Oaks uses is a neutral spirit—a highly concentrated ethanol—which stands at around 95 percent alcohol. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 20 Mar. 2020 To be classified as tequila, a spirit must be at least 51% derived from blue agave (with the rest made up from another neutral spirit), though many brands today up the ante and use 100 percent blue agave. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 7 June 2019 The botanicals are macerated (rather than heated, which is called an infusion) in the neutral spirit at room temperature. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2018 Place in a clean glass container and cover with high-proof neutral spirits of your choice. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, 24 Apr. 2018 Place in a clean glass container and cover with high-proof neutral spirits of your choice. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, 24 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of neutral spirits

1919, in the meaning defined above

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5 Aug 2022

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“Neutral spirits.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutral%20spirits. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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