10 Strongest Alcoholic Drinks in the World

Joe Dunning

What’s the best thing about holiday? The food? The warm weather? Nope! It’s the chance to start drinking at 9am and try out lots of different and, to be fair, dangerous drinks from around the world. Here are 10 drinks that you really should

10) The Depth Charge
One of the most popular drinks around today which incorporates whiskey.  This powerful drink requires a shot of whiskey to be dropped into a pint of Guinness Stout.  The key to the drink is to consume it quickly or the ingredients will curdle.  Once this happens, the Depth Charge is increasingly more difficult to drink.

Drink it before it curdles?!?

9) Gin
Gin is another powerful alcohol that typically has an alcohol range between 40 and 50 per cent ABV.  Popular brands include Seagram’s and Tanqueray.  This ingredient is used in another highly powerful drink which is known as the Long Island Iced Tea.

8) Long Island Iced Tea
The Long Island Iced Tea relies on a number of ingredients including gin, triple sec, rum, and vodka.  The drink is notorious for its easy consumption. Those who consume this particular drink may not even realize that it has affected them until they stand up.

Drink 10 - see how you feel then!

7) Bourbon
There are several types of bourbons available today that are very strong.  This list includes brands such as Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, and Jim Beam.  What most people do not know about bourbon is that it is actually a form of whiskey.  For a whiskey to be considered bourbon, it must be produced in the United States.  It must also be aged for a period of no less than two years as well.

6) Absinthe
Although it is banned in a number of countries today, absinthe is a very strong alcohol.  Depending on who has produced the absinthe, the alcohol content can be as high as 70 per cent.  It was long assumed that consumption of absinthe led to psychedelic hallucinations although this has proven to be greatly exaggerated.  It is common to drink absinthe in combination with water which is then poured over a sugar cube.

Almost legendary, isn’t it?

5) Schnapps
Schnapps might not be as powerful as bourbon or vodka.  In order to be considered schnapps the alcohol content has to be at least 32 per cent ABV. There are several flavours of schnapps that are commonly used in drinks including one called the Polar Bear. This involves serving a combination of peppermint schnapps with crème de cacao over ice.

No! Not that sort of Polar Bear!

4) Brandy
Brandy is another popular form of alcohol which can be used to create some powerful drinks.  You can typically find brandy with between 40 to 45 per cent ABV.  Recognizable brandy brands include Hennessy, Remy Martin, and Martell.  The Brandy Alexander is a popular drink that includes this powerful ingredient.  You can typically expect to see brandy combined with ingredients including chocolate liquor, cream, and cinnamon.

3) Tequila
Tequila is another popular alcohol that is well known for its strength.  You can expect to find tequila ranging from between 40 and 50 per cent ABV.  Popular brands include Jose Cuervo and Patron.  Classic drinks that include this ingredient are the tequila sunrise and margarita.

2) Bacardi 151
Although it is not typically as strong as a number of alcohols, rum is around 35 per cent ABV.  There are several popular brands including both Bacardi and Captain Morgan available.  Bacardi in particular makes a rum that far exceeds the strength of most rums which is known as Bacardi 151.

35% proof, 40% pirate.

Bacardi 151 is easily one of the strongest alcohols available for purchase today.  It is considered to be so potent that Bacardi adds a special device called a flame arrester on the top of the bottle.  One powerful cocktail that relies upon this alcohol is called ACID.  This drink relies on a combination of Bacardi 151 and Bourbon.  It is traditional to chase this drink with a Coca-cola.

1) Everclear
No list of powerful alcohols would be complete without the addition of Everclear.  This is considered to be grain alcohol which contains an extremely high level of alcohol.  At 95 per cent ABV, few products can come close to the strength of Everclear.  One drink called the Slow Death combines Everclear with Jagermeister, Rum, Southern Comfort, and Schnapps.

Can run your car off it.

It is important to keep in mind that mixed drinks frequently have a number of names.  Along with several different names, each drink might also be made differently according to the individual bartender’s preferences.  There is also a great deal of variation which can be found among the different types of alcohol.  Some forms of alcohol are better suited for specific kinds of drinks than others.

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  1. gerry

    The depth charge is more commonly known as an Irish Carbomb

  2. Matt

    An Irish Carbomb usually is a shotglass consisting half of Jamison’s and half of Bailey’s which is then dropped into the Guinness…

  3. Paddy

    Why is poitín not on the list? It’s 90% alc. or 180proof

  4. admin

    Poitin - is this it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poit%C3%ADn Have you tried it? :)

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