Man is a naturally inquisitive creature, an explorer of the fringes of possibility if you will, and so it makes sense that when it comes to getting drunk, man has a habit of developing increasingly more potent ways to make that happen.
Speaking of grain alcohol and ethanol, we bring you the scourge known as Everclear, a 190 proof (95% alcohol) monstrosity that will send your dumbass to the emergency room – if you make it there at all. Incredibly, while Everclear can be found in small doses in drinks like the aforementioned New Orleans Hand Grenade.
Some real talk: I had a friend who spilled a bottle of Everclear on his kitchen floor at a party – a party with people smoking. Yeah, you can see where this is headed, right? Naturally, the floor went up in flames. That’s how dangerous Everclear is – it won’t just destroy your body, it will burn your home to the ground. There’s a reason it’s illegal in 14 states.
Due to the azeotropic effects visible in the distillation process, ethanol cannot be concentrated by ordinary distillation to a ratio of ethanol to water greater than approximately 96 to 4 by weight. The highest concentration of ethanol generally available for human consumption is 190 proof (95% alcohol by volume), which is about 92.4% ethanol by weight.
Alcohol by volume: 95% or 75.5%
Flavor: Neutral, contains no flavoring
Country of origin: United States