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 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 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

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First Known Use of neutral spirits

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Neutral spirits.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutral%20spirits. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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