What is a distilled beverage?

A distilled beverage, liquor, or spirit is a drinkable liquid containing ethanol produced by distilling, or less commonly freeze distilling, fermented grain, fruit, or vegetables.  This excludes un-distilled fermented beverages such as beer and wine.  Distilled beverages that are bottled with added sugar and added flavorings, are liqueurs.

Hard liquor is often used to distinguish distilled beverages from undistilled ones.

Spirt refers to a distilled beverage that contains no added sugar and has at least 20% ABV.


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