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Dec 31, 2012 12:39 PM

Everclear and Cane Neutral Spirit?

Knowing that I frequently use Everclear to make liqueurs, a friend gave me 4 bottles (750 mL) of Alcohol Victoria. The label says "potable" and "cane neutral spirit". Is cane neutral spirit similar to grain alcohol like Everclear? Would I use it interchangeably? Thank you in advance!

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  1. Yes, both are neutral spirits. One cane and one grain.

    6 Replies
    1. re: JMF

      Thank you, JMF. Now I feel more at ease using it. I was concerned that poisoning my family and friends might be a possibility.

      1. re: buzzardbreath

        Well you can still poison them, but not with this ;)

        Sarcasm aside, you may want to test the alcohol and see if it gives a different flavor to things, as Everclear is grain, and this is cane. Perhaps marinate a cherry or something in a shot glass? Although it may not make too much difference.

        1. re: buzzardbreath

          just remember that the Victoria is only 99 proof compared to the higher proof of Everclear, and it may have a touch of residual sweetness to it.

          1. re: JMF

            I just started a batch of citrus (tangerines, 2 Meyers, half dozen oranges, and a small Ruby Red grapefruit) with the Victoria and the fruit is running tart this year so the residual sweetness might be a good thing. We will know how it goes in about a few weeks or so. :)

            1. re: JMF

              Just a quick update...Definitely using this combination of citrus again but not with cane neutral spirits. I let the zest steep until Valentine's Day. After straining, adding simple syrup, and bottling it, I let it mature until Labor Day and then sampled my "experiment". The flavor is amazing but the "burn" at the finish is OUCH! Added more syrup and a bit of water but not much change. I will be keeping this batch for personal consumption to mix with club soda or an iceberg's worth of ice. :-)

              1. re: buzzardbreath

                Sounds like the Victoria is poor quality.

                I put an excellent cane neutral spirit on the market a few years ago. Marketed as a "Sugar Wash Moonshine." Really smooth and tasty stuff. I have no clue as to its quality now though, since I left the company and I'm not overseeing production.