A bottle of 190-proof Everclear.
|Country of origin||United States|
|Alcohol by volume||95% or 75.5%|
|Proof||190 or 151|
|Flavor||Neutral, contains no flavoring|
Everclear is a brand name of rectified spirit sold by American spirits company Luxco. It is bottled at 151-proof (75.5% ABV) and 190-proof (95% ABV). Sale of the latter is prohibited in 13 U.S. states (California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Washington).
Due to the azeotropic effects visible in the distillation process, water and ethanol cannot be separated by distillation when the ratio of ethanol to water is 95:5. Therefore, the highest concentration of ethanol for human consumption is 190 proof. Certain laboratory grade ethanol mixtures are 200 proof but they contain benzene which is carcinogenic, making it unworthy for consumption.
In popular culture
- The rock band Everclear takes its name from the spirit.
- The Jerrod Niemann song "For Everclear" and the Roger Creager song "The Everclear Song" both refer to it.
- Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys tells in his song "Ever So Clear" how drinking Everclear resulted in his eye being shot out.
- Country rap duo The Lacs have an album and song called "190 Proof" which is a reference to 190 proof everclear and moonshine.
- http://www.luxco.com/public/brands/brands.asp?brandid=21# Luxco
- Donn Lux (12 November 2010). "President's Message". Luxco. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
- Wis. could see ban on Everclear, high proof alcohol sales, The Badger Herald, November 26, 2013..
- The Discovering Alcoholic (April 30, 2009). "Art Alexakis of Everclear at The Discovering Alcoholic". Discoveringalcoholic.com. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- Niemann, Jarrod (13 July 2010). "For Everclear". Warner/Chappell Music. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
- Staff writers (3 February 2005). "Bushwick Bill Of The Geto Boys Reacts To Houston's Loss Of An Eye". SoundSlam. Retrieved 5 December 2010.