For the unintiated, Everclear is a brand of pure grain alcohol that has attracted much controversy over the years due to its high alcohol content. "Real" Everclear is 190 proof (95% alcohol) and is illegal in many states including Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Washington, California, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Virginia and West Virginia.
There is a lower alcohol version of Everclear (aptly named Everclear 151), that is 151 proof and is available in California as well as several other states. It is the closest alternative. There 100 proof vodkas that are available. Absolut, Smirnoff, Stolichnaya, McCormick and Popov all make them.
Aside from grain alcohol, rum would be the liquor with the next highest alcohol content -- Bacardi 151 is commonly available.
Other high-alcohol liquors include:
- Absinthe (130 proof)
- Mezcal (110 proof)
- Southern Comfort 100 (100 proof)
- St. Vincent Rum (169 proof)
- Stroh Rum (160 proof)
- Wild Turkey 101 (101 proof)
- Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (108 proof)
Some of the small hand-crafted bourbons can get up there as far as alcohol content goes, too. Generally speaking, rums and bourbons have higher alcohol contents than many other liquors. If you're looking for a substitute for grain alcohol, your best bet would be seeking out 100 proof vodkas.
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