Everclear alternatives

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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livelonger 9 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you Carol. At least the 151 proof version is available. It's better than nothing, but it's bizarre that Bacardi 151 basically set the upper bar for alcohol content. Sounds like a lawmaker had a penchant for the stuff...


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Carol Bancroft 9 years ago Author

Everything I read said you SHOULD be able to get the Everclear 151 in California, but if you find out differently, will you let me know so I can update this? I don't think you can buy it in NY anymore (at least I know we can't order it at our store).


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livelonger 9 years ago from San Francisco

I *was* able to buy it! About $30 at BevMo (Beverages & More) here in Oakland. Thank you for the tip - I was able to call ahead and reserve a bottle!


snadyg 9 years ago

Carol,If I want to make a liqueur (limoncello) that calls for starting with 160 proof grain alcohol and can't get it, what might your suggestion be? I live in NYC. Thanks.


Asher 8 years ago

I live in Pennsylvania and the state run liquor stores here confuse me. When I ask for the location of the 150 proof everclear, I'm told it's illegal. I'm willingly sold 151, however. I feel like I've seen the 150 proof everclear for sale here, but that the brains of the liquor store clerks turn off when they hear "everclear" and they just tell me there's no such thing in this state.


Asher 8 years ago

I live in Pennsylvania and the state run liquor stores here confuse me. When I ask for the location of the 150 proof everclear, I'm told it's illegal. I'm willingly sold 151, however. I feel like I've seen the 150 proof everclear for sale here, but that the brains of the liquor store clerks turn off when they hear "everclear" and they just tell me there's no such thing in this state.


Barb 8 years ago

I live in Michigan and found Everclear 151 at Meijer Thrifty Acres at one time but no more? Can't get an answer what happen to it?


Krull 7 years ago

Spirytus Stawski is an imported Polish vodka that is 95% alcohol. As best as I can tell, it's legal in VA, and you can find it quickly on Google shopping.


Ash 7 years ago

151 barcardi is just as good : ). Take two shots of that stuff and be good for the rest of the night. But the taste is really gross. lol


Ash 7 years ago

151 barcardi is just as good : ). Take two shots of that stuff and be good for the rest of the night. But the taste is really gross. lol


Ziggy 7 years ago

Try out Devil's Springs Vodka. It comes in 750mL, 1L, and 1.75L. It's 160 proof (or 80% alcohol) and you can probably get a handle for between 16 and 22 dollars. I'd say its your best bet if everclear 190 is illegal where you are.


A Visitor 6 years ago

I was able to purchase 750 ml bottles at a BevMo in CA for $16.99 ea. I wasn't able to find it at first so I Googled "high proof alcohol in CA" and found this post, looking for alternatives. A few moments later I got smart and asked a HUMAN! :)


Terance 6 years ago

You Can Buy the 190 proof anywhere in New Jersey. Its shocking considering New Jersey has such strict laws on just about everything.


Gluey 5 years ago

I don't drink :-|


LynchMob1 5 years ago

yeahh Terance i agree lol we can't have bake yard fires no fireworks everything you can think of in Dirty Jersey but yet hop into any liquer store and theres your everclear 190 proof on the shelves ready to be baught and drank. i find it amazing all of these states have made it illigal. Another drink that's hard to find it 4 loco. its still available in jersey but its being banned everyware. i know PA already made it illigal. what's this world coming too. we can buy liquids to drink that have enough alcohol in them to run my car but yet in most stated you can't burn a dumb plant that's been on the face of earth forever. god made green man made alcohol.


Dick trickle 4 years ago

Dude I am Fuuuuucked up off this snit!!


Nick Schaps 3 years ago

I live in SD and in addition to everclear we have another 190proof vodka brand. It isn't as smooth as everclear, but it's just as potent.


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland

I think the last time I had anything with Everclear in it was early last year. So, so potent that you can cook with it. LOL.


Bob 2 years ago

I sell it here in Connecticut come see me!!!


Kenneth 13 months ago

I want to make oil by extracting from marijuana and I need something like 190 proof everclear here in Cali.


extractor 13 months ago

I also live in ca and need 190 for making oil


Scott @ CulinarySolvent 11 months ago

Anyone looking for 190 proof grain alcohol can visit http://www.CulinarySolvent.com. Designed for non-beverage uses including botanical extractions, Ships via FedEx, sizes from 32oz to 270 gallons. Thanks! -Scott @ CulinarySolvent

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