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Everclear

I am currently experimenting with different alcohols for extracting herbs and spices. I heard that Everclear gives the best flavored extracts because of its extremely neutral flavor.

Where can I get Everclear alcohol in Canada? I live in Montreal, I am open to getting a few bottles of Everclear from the westcoast as well.

Thanks!

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  1. Everclear is a brand of neutral grain spirit. Everclear isn't sold in Quebec but NGS is, in two strengths: 40% and 94%. See the following link or, if it doesn't work, go to www.saq.com > Recherche avancée > Catégorie et sous-catégorie > Alcool > Rechercher.

    http://www.saq.com/webapp/wcs/stores/...

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    1. re: carswell

      college (hazy) memories: Purple Jesus: 1 part "Al-cool", 4 parts Welch's Grape Juice.
      *shudder* never again. ;)

      1. re: carswell

        What you're looking for is 190 proof for your purpose...even vodka is 100 proof, so there aren't any substitutes for Everclear really :( -- I want to make Limoncello, and will bring back Everclear from the next trip to the US!

        1. re: GourmetChick

          Don't quite know what you mean by "...aren't any substitutes for Everclear really..."

          As carswell points out theres Neutral Grain Spirit sold in SAQ at 94% - this is 188 proof
          http://www.saq.com/page/en/saqcom/alc...

          so in a sense, there is a substitute, no?

          1. re: porker

            Haha! No, there's never a substitute for the thing you read about on the internet. That's what drives the foodie economy.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              Thats what drew me to this thread in the first place. Not the internet, but a kernal of information divined from a gifted 1979 Guinness Book of World Records.
              It showed a 14 year old boy that Everclear was the strongest alcohol in the world and even included a photo of the label.
              I wasn't into drinking then, but that photo was burned into my memory, plus the strongest IN THE WORLD was heady stuff.
              I never forgot it.

              About 5 years later I was on a road trip to the Florida Keys with my dad. We stopped into the kitchy, touristy "South of the Border" attraction in South Carolina along the US95. They have restaurants, firework shops, bric-a-brac souveniers, all in a faux-Mexican theme plus a liquor and wine shop.
              I spotted my first real bottle of Everclear here.
              I was too chicken to buy it, but at least it was now within my grasp if need be: all I had to do was drive to South Carolina and pick a bottle!

              I never did buy a bottle; hi test booze isn't my thing, but for whatever reason, that 1979 Guiness book of world records sure laid an impression on me.
              (it also listed Margaux Hemingway as the most beautiful woman in the world and included a photo of her, but thats an entirely different story).

              1. re: porker

                I shudder at the thought that some kids, thinking that was cool, must have actually downed a bottle of that stuff.

                The idea of macerating stuff does interest me, though. Herbs, or good coffee beans.

      2. Everclear is apparently available in Alberta, but I'm not sure.
        As carswell points out, Quebec's 'equivalent' is called Alcool (by Global).

        BTW, I've never seen Everclear in our neighbors to the south (New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, or Mass)
        I did see it in North Carolina and it is apparently available in Jersey.
        Also BTW, it costs less than $20 per 750ml in the states. Global Alcool at SAQ, $40...

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        1. re: porker

          From those hazy college days when Everclear was less than 5 bucks in the US, I used to add sherbert (grape or orange) with a fruit juice, and then some seven up. Sometimes sherbert would change the color of concoction to a brown, so do a small test batch. Just watch the alchohol content, as the hospital kept calling the college with reports of students getting their stomachs pumped. We got in a little trouble then we reduced Everclear amount.

          1. re: porker

            Thanks Porker, I hadn't realized that :)! So, this means I can try making Limoncello sooner than later :)

            1. re: GourmetChick

              You can try your hands on lots of stuff. My old, departed Italian friend used to infuse lots of stuff, like fresh bay leaf, mandarin peel, etc etc.
              Of course he didn't use store-bought stuff, but distilled it himself from wine he made himself (I used to tease him "Hey Carmine, how come you had to BUY the grapes? Why don't you GROW them?"
              He'd answer "Thats what we did in Italy...")

            2. re: porker

              The students cocktails in the us were invented because it was cheap at twice the strenght. Now that its twice the price of regular vodka the point is a bit moot :)