proof spirit


Definition of proof spirit

: an alcoholic liquor or mixture of ethanol and water that contains 50 percent ethanol by volume at 60°F (16°C)

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Recent Examples on the Web Many brands had tried, and failed, to market shochu as a lower-proof spirit. TheWeek, "A beginner's guide to Japan's oldest spirit," 5 Sep. 2020 Falowitz is encouraged by Mizu's success as a higher-proof spirit — at the standard 35 percent A.B.V., it's sold alongside vodka and gin — and says competitors like Iichiko are taking note and pivoting similarly. TheWeek, "A beginner's guide to Japan's oldest spirit," 5 Sep. 2020 Crum and Sarathy also suggest 180 proof spirits, which have 90% ethanol, or higher. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Tito's Vodka warns not to use its spirits in homemade hand sanitizer to protect from coronavirus," 6 Mar. 2020 Pour in the high-proof spirit and let soak for 24 hours. Los Angeles Times, "The best cocktail for horchata lovers in L.A.," 14 Aug. 2019 From a mixological standpoint, coffee brings bitter notes to a drink that play off the sharp edges of high-proof spirits, making for a longer, more complex finish. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "In Praise of the Morning Cocktail," 25 June 2019 Moonshine is a high-proof spirit that is notorious for its strong smell and its elevated alcohol content. Southern Living, "Southern Grandparents Try Moonshine," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of proof spirit

1703, in the meaning defined above

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“Proof spirit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of proof spirit

1 : an alcoholic liquor or mixture of alcohol and water containing 50 percent ethanol by volume at 60° F (15.6°C)
2 British : liquor that weighs ¹²/₁₃ of an equal measure of distilled water or contains 57.10 percent by volume of alcohol

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