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 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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