Higher proof, higher responsibility: Proof, as you doubtless know, is double the percentage of alcohol in a given liquor—a 140 proof bottle is 70 percent alcohol—and high proof is generally considered to begin at about 50 percent, or 100 proof. High-alcohol spirits are best used in big batch cocktails, where the alcohol is diluted by flavorful juices, sodas, fresh fruits and syrups. But the next time you’re building your next cocktail punch, be careful. A little bit goes a long way. Please celebrate responsibly.
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