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Craving A Buzz? Here Are The 10 Strongest Drinks In The World!

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - Jan. 13, 2020 6 min read

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Don't you miss those days when you'd tell your mom you are sleeping over at a friend's place, but you were actually dying in a field from drinking too much vodka?

 

What if we were to tell you that the alcohol you've been blacking out on since your teenage days, is FAKE NEWS? Okay, maybe not fake, but definitely immensely mellow in comparison to some of the spirits available in the larger world out there! Don't believe us? Let us paint you a picture. Current license standards in India allow for a maximum alcohol content of 45.5% in distilled spirits, while the lowest in this list starts at 75%......so, yeah.

 

If you are someone who is always up for a challenge, regardless of the danger involved, we have just the right post for you. Here's a round-up of the top 10 strongest drinks in the world, straight out of alcohol poisoning hell.

 

Number 10 - King Of Spirits Absinthe (70% Alcohol)

Origin: Czech Republic

 

What you will purchase in this bottle of alcohol, is the closest you can get to the experience of guzzling absinthe. The taste of this liquor is exceptional, making it immensely likely to induce the blackout of a lifetime. Although it is reputed to induce hallucinations and convulsions, this insanely strong alcoholic beverage has a myriad of loyal fans who claim that drinking it makes colours brighter, your mind sharper and the world better. Talk about rationalisation, ammiright?

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Image Courtesy - The Spruce Eats 

 

 

Number 9 - Devil's Springs Vodka (80% Alcohol)

Origin: New Jersey

 

With a clear, bold warning of "do not drink at full proof" slapped across the bottle, this vodka is notoriously known for wiping your memory slate absolutely clean. Usually used to make extremely powerful cocktails, this liquor lives up to its name of having been derived straight from the Devil's own spring. Suffice it to say, this is one brand of vodka that means business, and the Russians wouldn't have it any other way!

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Image Courtesy - Arthur Cantina Wine & Liquor 

 

Number 8 - Sunset Very Strong Rum (84.5% Alcohol)

Origin: Caribbean island of St Vincent

 

When we address this bottle of liquor, we are talking firewater, white lightning and some serious overproof. Faithful fans of this drink claim to experience their head spinning just at the memory of taking a few sips, and that comes as no surprise considering the alcohol content. If you go to your medicine cabinet and take a whiff of rubbing alcohol, congrats! you just got a preview of drinking this dangerously strong rum. Aye, aye, floor!

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Image Courtesy - Uncommon Carribean 

 

Number 7 - Good ol' Sailor Vodka (85% Alcohol)

Origin: Sweden

 

The first thing you'll notice when you get your hands on this intense vodka is the absolutely rad bottle designed by tattoo artist Mattias Broden. The second thing you'll notice is nothing, because you won't be awake. One of the first organically grown and made vodkas in the world, Good Ol' Sailor Vodka has a clean and fruity flavour, which masks the danger lurking inside this elixir. While this vodka might be known for being eco-friendly, its effect on your body will be far from that of a buddy.

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Image Courtesy - Pinterest 

 

Number 6 - Balkan 176 Vodka (88% Alcohol)

Origin: Serbia

 

Balkan 176 comes in a bottle with 13 different health warnings, and we wonder why. The strongest vodka available on the UK market, this drink starts burning the second it hits your lips, and doesn't stop until every trace of sobriety is long gone from your body. The biggest dichotomy that crops up with this vodka, is that one drink is never enough and two drinks are always too much. Long story short, this vodka does not play around.

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Image Courtesy - Pinterest 

 

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Number 5 - Pincer Shanghai Strength (88.88% Alcohol)

Origin: Scotland

 

Often featuring in the list of top 5 most potent drinks in the world, Princer Vodka is an extremely strong (understatement?) herbal vodka made from elderflower and milk thistle. At 88.88% proof, Princer is the strongest vodka in the world, and the perfect recipe for a stage 5 blackout. The number of bottles produced on an annual basis is limited, because of obvious reasons like every vodka enthusiast around the world collectively dying.

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Image Courtesy - Drinks & Co 

 

Number 4 - River Antoine Royale Grenadian Rum (90% Alcohol)

Origin: Grenada

 

This thrilling concoction is made from locally grown, hand-cut sugar cane, and the tears of everybody that has consumed it. Just kidding about the tears part (or are we?). The production process of this potent rum has barely changed in the past 230 years, since it was originally manufactured. The taste of this alcohol is fresh, fruity and over-powering, but at 138 degrees proof, this rum is not meant to be messed around with! 

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Image Courtesy - Drinks Enthusiast 

 

Number 3 - Bruichladdich X4 Quadrupled Whiskey (92% Alcohol)

Origin: Glasgow

 

Don't worry, we can't pronounce it either. And that doesn't matter, because once you've had a taste of this, you won't be able to pronounce much of anything. At a whooping AVP of 92%, this alcohol is akin to liquid dynamite. There is a popular local saying surrounding this whiskey, "One sip and you live forever, two sips and you go blind, three sips and you expire on the spot". Yeah, we suggest you stop at one sip.

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Image Courtesy - The Old Barrel House

 

Number 2 - Everclear (95% Alcohol)

Origin: United States Of America

 

Arguably the most infamous alcohol in this list (why? cause' America that's why), Everclear is widely recognised for creating wonderful experiences like fatal alcohol poisoning and strong addiction. This Vodka made it to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1979 as the "most alcoholic drink in the world" so suffice it to say, Everclear is not an alcohol you leisurely sip on after work to unwind. This grain alcohol is banned in 14 states in the USA, and one shot has 285 calories, along with the ability to knock you out....forever.

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Image Courtesy - Lucky's Liquor

 

 

Number 1 - Spirytus Rektyfikowany (96% Alcohol)

Origin: Poland

 

This is an alcohol, used to make other alcohols, and if that doesn't bear testimony to its potency, we don't know what does. Visit any blog on alcohol and you'll be met with flashing warning signs advising you against drinking this spirit neat. This rectified alcohol is the strongest drink in the world (obviously) and is prepared by recurrent distillation. However, it is also extremely versatile and can be used as a solvent to give your cocktails that extra kick.

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Image Courtesy - Arthur Cantina Wine & Liquor 

 


Now, as for how to get your hands on the strongest drinks in the world, well, that's another post for another time.

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