We all like getting wasted, don’t we? We like the feel of losing control, leaving all our inhibitions and fears behind and asking that guy or girl out on the dance floor and being the most liberated and best (read, fun) versions of ourselves. Some people use strongest Alcohol as a means to channel their creativity. The loss of inhibitions acting as the floodgate which breaks open and you can create something raw and powerful from the resultant chaos. Imagine what the strongest alcoholic drinks can do to you! There are a lot of reasons to get drunk, which is why people veer towards powerful drinks.
But even the most powerful commonly used drinks have an ABV (Alcohol by Volume) level of just about 25%, 40 max. It’s pretty rare to stumble across one of the strongest alcohol drinks as they literally have the ability to knock your socks off, or if taken without measure then maybe even lead to alcohol poisoning.
Table of Contents
- 10 Strongest Alcoholic Drinks In The World – 2017
- #1. Grappa (35-60% ABV)
- #2. Absinthe ( 45%-72% ABV)
- #3. Bacardi 151 (75.5% ABV)
- #4. Devil Springs Vodka (80% ABV)
- #5. Sunset Rum (84.5% ABV)
- #6. Balkan 176 (88% ABV)
- #7. Pincer Shanghai Vodka (88.8% ABV)
- #8. Bruichladdich X4+1 Quadrupled Whiskey (92% ABV)
- #9. Everclear (95% ABV)
- #10. Spirytus Polish Vodka (96% ABV)
10 Strongest Alcoholic Drinks In The World – 2017
Here’s a list of the 10 strongest alcoholic drinks in the world that has highest alcohol content in it.
#1. Grappa (35-60% ABV)
With 35%-60% alcohol by volume content, Grappa is beautifully fragrant brandy of grape-based pomace. Its origin lies in Italy and was originally made in order to prevent waste, by utilizing all the remnants of grape after making wine like the seeds, stem, and skin.
It’s extremely potent and has a strong wine like flavor. Off late the aged Grappas are more in demand and they have yellow or red-brown hue.
#2. Absinthe ( 45%-72% ABV)
These are the most popular amongst the strongest alcoholic drinks with a range of 90 to 170 Proof, that is, 45%-72% ABV. This is known to produce some strange hallucinatory effects in the user and made from wormwood bark and Artemisia absinthium. It’s distilled from the herbs, flowers and the leaves of the aforementioned Absenthium plant. While these are available is higher ABVs as well it is highly advised not to go beyond 72.
These mostly gained popularity during the opiate-riddled 19th century and by 1900 the French were consuming as much as 2 million liters a year! It kept increasing in consumption by an extremely steep curve till the government stepped in and banned the drink in 1915 in many countries in Europe and the US. However, not even the Government can keep people away from their fix for too long and by 2004 there was grand Absinthe revival.
#3. Bacardi 151 (75.5% ABV)
This is an extremely potent alcoholic drink made by Bacardi Limited which is usually used in very small quantities for cocktails which are rum-based such as Daiquiris and Cuba Libre.
Its potency is quite evident considering it has to come with a stainless steel flame trap because of the high 75.5% ABV level, making it extremely inflammable.
#4. Devil Springs Vodka (80% ABV)
This has an ABV of 80% or 160 Proof, which is why it’s also one of the most famous — or rather infamous — vodkas in the world.
It’s most commonly used in flaming shots or as an ingredient in cocktails with juices or ginger ale. It can turn out to be quite dangerous if consumed without dilution.
#5. Sunset Rum (84.5% ABV)
This is a high-risk Rum, one of the most potent available out there, with an alcoholic content of 84.5%.
You’d do well not to down it at a go, or better yet just stay away from it all together as it might very likely knock you out cold with a single sip if you don’t have enough of an immunity.
#6. Balkan 176 (88% ABV)
This is a drink for the true daredevils out there. As the name suggests, it’s a drink that comes straight from the Balkans — Scandinavia, to be precise — and is one of the strongest drinks ever made out there, with an 88% ABV. Not only is it strong, but it’s also odorless, colorless, and tasteless, sorta’ like water! However, don’t gulp it down to quench your thirst it could — quite literally — kill you. And this isn’t just rhetoric either, there have been cases of people dying from alcohol poisoning from even small amounts of consuming this drink.
In fact, this triple-distilled drink comes with a whopping 13 health hazard warnings on the side of the bottle! You couldn’t find a stronger warning against ingesting poison itself.
#7. Pincer Shanghai Vodka (88.8% ABV)
I suppose the Scots need a stiff drink because of the cold? I dunno’, I can’t really explain or even comprehend why this Scottish Vodka even exists with its 88.8% alcohol content.
It has a creamy and herbal infused flavor because it’s made from Wild Elderflower and Milk Thistle.
#8. Bruichladdich X4+1 Quadrupled Whiskey (92% ABV)
This has an ABV of 92% making it one of the most alcoholic single malt whiskey out there. It also goes through a rigorous distillation process which makes it extremely pure and potent. As the name suggests it is quadruple-distilled and comes from the Rhinos of the isle of Islay in Scotland.
It has been in circulation since 1881. According to legend, however, this whiskey was also in use back in 1695, when a Hebridean traveler named Martin Martin was told by locals that one sip from the drink would offer him immortality, two would make him go blind and three would kill him on the spot.
#9. Everclear (95% ABV)
There is quite a contestation about whether this is the strongest drink in the world or only the second strongest with an ABV of 95%. Another deceptively odorless, tasteless and colorless drink with a 95% alcohol content, it is sold by the American company Luxco.
In fact, this is such a suicidal drink that it had been banned by both the US and Canada, until a recent law overturned that ruling and its come back to the market as a potent borderline poison packaged in a fancy bottle for the daring few. In fact, it’s odorless and tastelessness suggests that it’s not even meant to be mixed with other drinks as that would be futile, but had straight up.
#10. Spirytus Polish Vodka (96% ABV)
With 96% ABV, there is no wonder why this tops the list of Strongest alcoholic drinks, but it is highly suspected that its even legal, to begin with. It has a very gentle and mild taste and smell. It is made from ethyl alcohol and has a grainy base.
However, the Polish have found quite a few uses for this drink — preparing fruity liqueurs, vodkas, and even desserts! Some even use it for ‘medicinal purposes’, whatever those are!
The above mentioned are some of the strongest alcoholic drinks available out there in the market. But, please do not try any of this without proper precaution. Have fun, guys!
Also, do read about the cheapest vodka brands in the world.