Beyond the Wine Aisle

What is Proof?

Did you know the word "Proof" so commonly used today originated with the British Navy? If gunpowder doused with a spirit would ignite, it was "proof" the navy got what had been ordered.

Today "Proof" is twice the number of the alcohol percentage. If the percentage of alcohol in a spirit is 40 per cent, then it is 80 proof.

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