from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Highly rectified; very strongly alcoholic.
- adj. So as to stand any test.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Highly rectified; strongly alcoholic: as, high-proof spirits.
- Severely tested; capable of standing any test.
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You don't want your taste buds overwhelmed by high-proof spirits, let alone the sugar and citrus that goes into so many mixed drinks.
The Parisian Negroni employs Campari with the high-proof Louis Royer "Force 53" VSOP Cognac in place of gin, along with Punt e Mes and allspice dram, for a most potent and complex cocktail.
In high-proof whiskeys, rye imparts a spicy, drying character.
The science of making small-batch, high-proof alcohol has remained largely unchanged for centuries.
Short version: "Bitters are an aromatic flavoring agent made from infusing roots, barks, fruit peels, seeds, spices, herbs, flowers and botanicals in high-proof alcohol."
Plenty of hard alcohol carries a high-proof kick, of course.
Many believe that high-proof liquors and citrus neutralize any potential contaminants in raw eggs.
For such a high-proof spirit, it's surprisingly soft and refined, even when consumed neat.
A bigger kick comes from Chilean aguardiente literally “firewater”, a high-proof spirit made in a process similar to that used for Italian grappa.
And the stainless-steel ones for sale at places like Mile Hi Distilling were cheaper—around $350 for an 8-gallon still—but they were stainless, and most of them were column stills, which would yield high-proof, low-flavor distillate more suitable for those turbo yeast distilling folks who wanted vodka or fuel.