Overproof spirits are the mixologist's new weapon of choice—but these five libations are as refined and flavorful as they are powerful. Just remember to drink very responsibly.
Base-spirit proof: 100
Chicago's Violet Hour rounds out the ragged edges of bonded apple brandy with a blend of fruit (apricot liqueur, lemon, raspberry syrup), old-school bitters, and seltzer.
Base-spirit proof: 102
This deceptively silky concoction from L.A.'s £10 sets you up with the citrus flavor of Amaro Nonino and Averna's herbal bouquet—before the sweet agave burn of the world's first cask-strength tequila hits.
Base-spirit proof: 114
Gin Palace in NYC wraps floral notes of bianco vermouth and the alpine botanicals of Salers aperitif around the white-hot, stiff-backed spine of navy-strength Perry's Tot gin for a take on the Italian classic.
Base-spirit proof: 143
The name says it all: NYC's PDT supercharges the classic Sazerac cocktail with scary-strong George T. Stagg Kentucky bourbon, inflected with anise-based Peychaud's bitters and absinthe.
Base-spirit proof: 146
A black heart beats at the center of this tropical-noir daiquiri variation: Plantation Original Dark Overproof Rum. Mixed with fresh lime and passion-fruit-honey syrup, it's served at Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco.