What is the strongest drink in the world?



Assuming that it is available through 'normal' outlets - shops, supermarkets, off licenses etc... (in other words legal) What (per unit) is the strongest alcoholic drink in the world? Beers, wines and spirits included.

dougal 5.0.0

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On some islands in the Caribbean meths is sold next to the rum - so you go down the isle starting with 'drinkable' rums, go past the white jack (70%) and there you will find the meths! But that is not what I am looking for. – dougal 5.0.0 – 2017-02-22T06:27:15.187

They sell country made wines in few slums in India that have huge amount of Alcohol, needless to say often poisonous. – Jatin Dhoot – 2017-02-22T07:45:46.290

Tennent's Super no longer cutting it for you? – Strawberry – 2017-02-23T09:36:22.870

Tennent's was good at 9% strength, but for some reason it's been cut to 8%, and the taste has gone with it. – Neil_UK – 2017-02-23T16:17:21.037



For those who wish to drink something from Bolivia, there is Cocoroco which is an alcoholic beverage notable for its extremely high alcohol content by volume, 96%. (ABV).

Cocoroco is sold as "potable alcohol", most often in tin cans. Like rum, cocoroco is made from sugar cane. - Cocoroco (Wikipedia)

Cocoroco can

Cocoroco can

The following article may be of some all around interest: Top 10 Strongest Alcoholic Drinks in the World.

Ken Graham

Posted 2017-02-21T14:18:32.453

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Wow, the hangover just keeps on getting worse and worse! – dougal 5.0.0 – 2017-02-23T04:50:04.120

The link to the top ten is great - I am marking this as the best answer as it goes above and beyond answering my question - thank you. – dougal 5.0.0 – 2017-02-23T07:15:27.700

It even attacks the can… – Gras Double – 2017-02-23T13:24:20.583

1Also highly flammable. – Jeremy French – 2017-02-23T16:49:10.550


At the time of writing this the strongest beer in circulation is a scottish made larger/pilsner Snake Venom By Brewmeister, this beer is 67.5% ABV. and is strongly recommended that you only drink small amounts in a sitting, buying a bottle(275ml) of this would set you back a £54.99

Other than this beer there was Koelschip Mistery Of Beer - Brouwerij het Koelschip that was 70% ABV but as I'm aware is no longer in circulation and has had production stopped as the brewery shut down

As far as all alcohol goes the strongest spirit is spirytus rektyfikowany which is a 96% Vodka. The cheapest you will find this is a small bottle(10cl) and this will cost £7.95 It is is strongly recommended to not drink this neat as it would be damaging

Jamie Eltringham

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1I believe the upper limit for yeast fermentation is somewhere around 25-30%. Do they get all the way to 67.5% by ice removal or is there some distillation involved too? – Digital Trauma – 2017-02-21T19:24:14.647

1Yea freeze distillation is how they get the high percentage – Jamie Eltringham – 2017-02-21T20:50:46.660

2In my opinion, anything that has been freeze distilled is no longer beer. I don't know what it is but it sure as heck ain't beer! – Jack Aidley – 2017-02-22T13:14:00.977

1@JackAidley I have tried snake venom and it sure does taste like a beer – Jamie Eltringham – 2017-02-22T13:50:44.970

@JamieEltringham: I have not had Snake Venom but I have had Brewdog's Sink The Bismarck. It did not taste like beer :) – Jack Aidley – 2017-02-22T13:57:30.297

1@JackAidley I too have tried Sink The Bismarck and I agree :) – Jamie Eltringham – 2017-02-22T13:59:18.020

Above ~8% it becomes "Barley wine". Then after ~15% I don't know what. – OrangeDog – 2017-02-22T15:57:16.287


Indirect answer

95% or 190 proof is an upper end for distilled alcohol

Water and ethanol form an azeotrop at that mixture so you can not get more than 95% ethanol with fractional distillation.


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The next step is to use sticky rice as a adsorptant to get you to 99.9% ethanol purity :)

– Digital Trauma – 2017-02-21T19:20:55.920


Spirytus Rektyfikowany

The purity of rectified spirit has a practical limit of 95.6% ABV; this hard to pronounce Polish Vodka is a murderous 96% ABV.

Spirytus Rektyfikowany

Here are the details on the bottle:

A 10cl bottle of rectified spirit from Poland bottled at the extreme ABV of 96%. This is often used as a base for liqueurs and other infusions, and we highly recommend that it is never drunk neat.

From Australia's "Courier Mail":

National Alliance for Action on Alcohol co-chairman Professor Mike Daube said it was "amazingly irresponsible'' for stores to sell the liquor, which had the potential to cause serious damage to drinkers or even kill them.

Prof Daube said the extreme nature of the product could appeal to young binge > drinkers, and putting the product next to normal spirits could endanger people who did not read the label properly.

Kaka Singh

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It would be a self limiting exercise for 'young binge drinkers' ! – dougal 5.0.0 – 2017-02-22T06:10:40.253

Of course, Polish people don't drink it raw, they mix it beforehand… With breakfast cereals. – Gras Double – 2017-02-23T13:21:36.500


For myself, I have found that Everclear is the strongest spirits I have ever bought at 190 proof. Although it is too strong for myself to drink by itself, it makes excellent mixes. Some people have use it to extract the medicinal properties out of plants because of its' strength. It also comes in 150(1) proof bottles too.

A bottle of 190-proof Everclear

A bottle of 190-proof Everclear

The lower proof Everclear is much easier to find and is quite common in the USA.

The 190 proof (95% ABV) is sold at Bevmo, depending on your state.

For more information see the Liquor Barn.

Ken Graham

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Brilliant! 'I only bought this to get the medicinal properties out of plants' - whilst standing sideways at the checkout with a trolley load of the stuff. Thanks for this answer. – dougal 5.0.0 – 2017-02-22T06:07:19.293


You can buy scientific grade Ethanol, usually at a science supply shop. Many of them only sell it in person. It is usually 99.5% or 199 proof!. For that extra kick if Everclear isn't strong enough for you!

Ethanol at Fisher Scientific


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7I don't know if that would qualify as a "drink." Ethanol above 95.6% cannot be made via fractional distillation. To go above that, you have to do chemistry using compounds like benzene or heptane, some of which will almost certainly remain behind with the ethanol. – Cort Ammon – 2017-02-21T17:38:44.527

1Are you sure that is food (drinking) grade? – paparazzo – 2017-02-21T17:41:16.637

199.5% Ethanol and .5% Benzene isn't going to kill you if you take a shot of it! ;-) – farmersteve – 2017-02-21T17:51:41.657

Yah, but what will really kill you? Remember we are talking 96%+ ethanol, which if I remember correctly is a carcinogen also? Right? – farmersteve – 2017-02-21T18:39:25.973

1Is this available through 'normal' outlets - shops, supermarkets, off licenses etc...? – Ken Graham – 2017-02-21T19:00:14.003

Yes and no. If you are involved in any kind of scientific research, it's easy to get. I know when I was a winemaker, I could just walk into my local scientific supply house and buy some, but you need to know where to look. – farmersteve – 2017-02-21T19:24:06.607

I feel a hangover coming on just reading about this! – dougal 5.0.0 – 2017-02-22T06:29:38.610

@Mrkvička it's not like the properties of alcohol poisoning would be much different between 99.5% anhydrous ethanol, 96% ethanol or a 80% almost-ethanol drink. – Peteris – 2017-02-22T08:01:46.810

@SteveS Actually, it might. If you get more than 400 mg ethanol per dl blood, then you risk coma and respiratory failure. An average adult contains ~50 dl blood, which means that ~20000 mg is near the limit. Furthermore, the density of ethanol is 0.7893 g/ml = 78930 mg/dl. This means that you can only consume little more than 0.25 dl to reach dangerous concentrations (counting on that all you consume is reaching the blood stream). So a 4 cl shot (1.35 oz) can be survived, but you may actually die from it (depending on your tolerance and how quick people around you react). – Mrkvička – 2017-02-22T08:15:54.197

@Peteris I miscalculated severely and deleted that comment as it was too late to edit it. All in all, the answer is nearly the same regardless if the concentration is 99.5% or 80%, it just varies how large shot one can take as the lower concentration means that there is more water in it (a 4 cl shot of 99.5% contains roughly the same amount of ethanol as a 5 cl shot of 80%) – Mrkvička – 2017-02-22T08:16:30.883


Try "Kehlenschneider". It's a Chili liquor with 80% alc and 400,000 to 800,000 scoville. Remember, tabasco has only 3,000 scoville. Kehlenschneider




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2Kehlenschneider is german for throat slicer. – raznagul – 2017-02-22T12:31:49.520

The scoville scale info on wikipedia was fascinating. For anyone else interested here is the link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoville_scale

– dougal 5.0.0 – 2017-02-23T05:26:51.010


I know you are looking for "normal outlets", but for those who are interested, the world record holder for a while was Estonian Spirit aka Eesti Piiritus at 96.6%. You can still find some for sale at auctions. I brought a few bottles back when you could still buy it and foolishly did a shot of it. Never trying that again!

Estonian Spirit

Estonian Spirit

Randar Puust

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And still the hangover continues? – dougal 5.0.0 – 2017-02-24T05:00:01.857


Hapsburg Premium Reserve Absinthe has 89.9% ABV

Hapsburg Premium Reserve Absinthe

The strongest absinthe on the UK market. Serve well diluted for your own safety and keep well away from naked flames. The term premium reserve refers to the high strength, with original being the 'weakest' (though still 72.5%) and super deluxe being in the middle.

Please note this is a high-strength product and we recommend not drinking neat – please enjoy diluted or with a mixer of your choice.


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Strongest alcohol

Spirytus rektyfikowant (96% alcohol)

Dishant Rajput

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Welcome! :) Your catching down-votes here due to the brevity of the answer (and the fact that someone else already mentioned it...) Maybe fluff the answer with more info on the drink or some of your own experience with it? – Modern Apostles – 2017-03-04T16:59:36.917