Definition of Neutral spirits
1. Noun. Nonflavored alcohol of 95 percent or 190 proof used for blending with straight whiskies and in making gin and liqueurs.
Generic synonyms: Alcohol, Alcoholic Beverage, Alcoholic Drink, Inebriant, Intoxicant
Terms within: Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Fermentation Alcohol, Grain Alcohol
Medical Definition of Neutral spirits
1. Spirits distilled from suitable raw materials, are 95% ethanol (v/v) that is, at least 190 proof when distilled. Used for blending with straight whiskey and for making gin, cordials, liqueurs, and vodka. See: alcohol. Proof spirit, dilute alcohol, specific gravity 0.920, containing 49.5% by weight (57.27% by volume) of C2H5OH at 15.56°C. Originally in Great Britain it was the weakest alcohol that would permit ignition of gunpowder moistened with it. British proof spirit has a specific gravity of 0.9198 and contains 49.2% C2H5OH by weight, or 57.1% by volume at the temperature of 10.56°C. (05 Mar 2000)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Neutral Spirits
Literary usage of Neutral spirits
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Americana: A Universal Reference Library, Comprising the Arts and ...edited by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines edited by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines (1912)
"Since neutral spirits are seldom put in charred barrels, they retain their original color, ... To insure this result, neutral spirits are stored in ..."
2. Beverages and Their Adulteration: Origin, Composition, Manufacture, Natural by Harvey Washington Wiley (1919)
"It seems to me that straight whisky and whisky made from neutral spirits, ... Canadian Club whisky is a blend of whisky made from neutral spirits and of ..."
3. The Law of Pure Food and Drugs, National and State: With Appendices by William Wheeler Thornton (1912)
"Whisky made from rectified, redistilled, or neutral spirits may be branded as whisky made from rectified, redistilled, or neutral spirits, as the case may ..."
4. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1914)
"neutral spirits "neutral spirits," as the term suggests, Is a colorless liquid which has neither flavor nor character, and is not a beverage at all. ..."
5. Foods and Their Adulteration: Origin, Manufacture, and Composition of Food by Harvey Washington Wiley (1907)
"Sample B contains 51 percent of neutral spirits and 40 percent of ... The question presented is whether neutral spirits may be added to ..."
6. Food Inspection and Analysis: For the Use of Public Analysts, Health by Albert Ernest Leach, Andrew Lincoln Winton (1913)
"What has long been known as " blended whiskey" is either an imitation pure and simple, or a compound of whiskey and neutral spirits, artificially colored ..."