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Understanding Alcohol Content in Different Spirits

Understanding Alcohol Content in Different Spirits

The alcohol content in spirits varies significantly, influencing both the flavor and the impact of the drink. Here's a brief overview:

  1. Vodka: Typically 40% alcohol by volume (ABV), though it can range from 35% to 50%.

  2. Whiskey: Generally around 40-50% ABV. Cask strength whiskeys can be higher.

  3. Rum: Standard rums are around 40% ABV, but overproof rums can exceed 60%.

  4. Gin: Usually 40% ABV, but some variants range from 37.5% to 50%.

  5. Tequila: Most commonly found at 40% ABV.

  6. Brandy: Typically 35-60% ABV, depending on style and aging.

Each spirit's alcohol content shapes its character and how it's enjoyed, whether sipped neat, mixed in cocktails, or used in cooking.

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