Throughout the course of human history, you’ll find wars, affairs, theft, murder, and alcohol. Consuming the “Devil’s poison” has been a past time of mankind for multiple centuries, and is the one thing that transcends time and cultures together. This boozy beverage comes in hundreds of different forms from vodka to beer to moonshine, and has played a mighty hand in the shaping of countries and the destruction of empires.
The art of creating alcohol has saved people from poverty during times like the Great Depression as well as being the center point of family feuds. Governments have created laws to regulate alcohol consumption and was even outlawed in the United States during the Prohibition period, thus sparking mobs and gangs dedicated to transferring and illegally selling alcohol. Politicians and religious leaders even used the Bible to justify banning alcohol, even though Jesus used wine as a metaphor for his blood.
Some of the most unlikely people are the creators of some of the strongest liquors in the world. For example, Italian There are people who can handle the more intense beverage, while others have to mix it in with juices and soda in order to mask the taste and intensity on the body. Vodka typically has a 40% alcohol content, along with tequila and whiskey. The liquors on this list are the strongest in the world and some can’t even be sold in some stores in countries like the United States. In this list are ten of the strongest liquors that have ever been created.
10. Stroh Rum – 80%
Hailing from Austria, Stroh Rum comes from molasses that has fermented. It is commonly used in tea or baking. This rum is a good alternative for those who are looking for something different from Captain Morgan. This rum is so strong that you rarely find people drinking it straight from the bottle. Instead, you’ll find that Austrians enjoy this beverage during the winter months and will integrate it into their warm drinks. If you’re not ready for the 80% version, Stroh also comes in weaker variations.
9. John Crow Batty Rum – 80%
John Crow Batty Rum is made in Jamaica and is the country’s version of moonshine. The reason behind the name “John Crow” is due to the fact that the alcohol is stronger than the stomach acid of John Crow vultures. They say that if you can stomach the intensity of the visual of John Crow vultures snacking on decaying meat, you can drink to anything. The proof of the rum is 160, and is not for the faint of heart for booze drinkers.
8. Sunset Rum – 84.5%
Sunset Rum is so strong that the label declare it so. The label on the bottle also recommends that you drink this rum with a mixer because it can actually cause burns, not just make you feel the burn. Sunset is a clear white rum, and advertised that it goes well with cocktails. Since 2000, this rum has won a plethora of awards from the World Rum Awards to the International Rum Festival. Award winning and strong, Sunset is the first choice of many people who enjoy a island style of living, or college students who need a strong addition to their jungle juice.
7. Balkan Vodka – 88%
Balkan 176 vodka is so strong that the bottle has about 13 different label warnings. This vodka comes from Bulgaria and triple distilled. It is highly recommended that drinkers enjoy this mixed in with something else, as drinking straight may cause some significant health problems. Balkan is available in over 20 countries, and is slowly becoming more available in the United States. It is best if the vodka is consumed in smaller quantities because it is so powerful.
6. Pincer Shanghai Strength – 88.8%
If you’re looking for a vodka that is both healthy and can get you drunk in a short amount of time, then you’ve found the right bottle. This vodka is meant to be used as a concentrate, and holds 65 shots in comparison to a typical bottle holding 26. With a proof of 177, Pincer Shanghai Strength is made is Glasgow and contains milk thistle and elderflower for liver support, which is pretty ironic. The makers of Pincer are very eco-friendly and make sure that the vodka is healthy and made from a more botanical approach.
5. Hapsburg Gold Label Premium Reserve Absinthe – 89.9%
From the Czech Republic, Hapsburg Gold and is labeled with the slogan, “There are no rules.” Absinthe is typically known to be drunk by artists of many different variations for the purposes of being more creative and coming up with unique ideas. But this absinthe is made a bit differently. In fact, the distributors of Hapsburg Gold are very adamant and say that this beverage should not be drunk straight and very much needs a mixer to dilute the strength of the alcohol. But at the same time, the makers of this unique absinthe are aware that they shouldn’t break the rules of their own slogan and tell people how to drink their alcohol.
4. River Antoine Royale Grenadian Rum – 90%
Made in Grenada with 180 proof and 90% alcohol content, the River Antoine Royale Grenadian Rum is made with the old tradition of pot stilling. This is slow distilling method, and the rum is made from fermented sugarcane juice using a water wheel. With these factors together, this makes the Grenadian rum exceptionally flavorful. It is recommended that this is drank with a water chaser. Locals drink this straight with a water chaser as well, so this is the way to go if you want to blend in with the community.
3. Bruichladdich X4 Quadrupled Whiskey – 92%
With 184 proof and an alcohol content of 92%, Bruichladdich X4 Quadrupled Whiskey is made in Scotland. The technique behind the creation of this whiskey is based on a 17th century quadruple distillation method. It is also one of the most alcoholic single malt beverages ever made and aged in new oak casks. The BBC even did an experiment with the whiskey and found it could even power a sports car to go up to 100 miles per hour.
2. Everclear – 95%
This Dec. 30, 2013 photo shows bottles of Everclear, 190 Proof grain alcohol, for sale at a grocery store in Madison, Wis. A bill in the state Assembly would ban the sale of 190-proof alcohol like Everclear, out of concerns about its potency. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
Everclear is not for the faint of heart. There are actually two different warning labels; one to note that the liquor is extremely flammable, and the other discouraging people from drinking it straight. With an alcohol content of 95% and a proof of 190, this vodka is not for the faint of heart. In 1979, it was named the most alcoholic drink by the Guinness Book of World Records and was even banned in the United States and Canada for quite some time. Everclear is ideal for mixing since there isn’t much taste to go with it.
1. Spirytus – 96%
Spirytus is 192 proof and has an alcohol content of 96%. Made in Poland, this liquor was only recently approved to be sold in the state of New York in the United States. Those who have drank this liquor straight have compared it to being punched in the stomach and literally taking one’s breath away. Not only is it one of the strongest liquors, it is also the most potent than the rest on this list. It certainly takes a special person to be able to consume this strong of a liquor. Are you up for the challenge?