While most spirits clock in at a friendly 80-proof, some brands are going above and beyond, reaching fiery pinnacles of 100- to 120-proof or even higher. Though this sounds potentially hazardous to your liver and taste buds, not all high-proof spirits taste like liquid fire (we’re looking at you, Everclear). These most potent of potables are particularly great in cocktails, standing up to mixers in a way that lower-proof liquor sometimes can’t. The next time you’re looking to give your drink a boozy kick in the pants, these spirits—from gin and rum to bourbon and scotch—are a great place to start.
Four Pillars 58.8 Navy Strength Gin (117.6-Proof)
Clocking in at a powerful 117.6-proof, Australian gin brand Four Pillars makes a statement with its gin: boom. This navy-strength gin channels the historically strong spirits that were favored by military men during the early 19th century—if a little gin spilled on the gunpowder, it would still fire thanks to the additional booze. Though it sounds like it would be fierce and rough, this gin is remarkably smooth, even when sipped neat. It also makes a fantastic addition to cocktails, including classics like the Gin & Tonic and Martini, thanks in part to its strength, but also to the interesting Aussie botanicals that give it complex flavors that shine through the drink.