These products have a base of high purity alcohol, neutral alcohol that has been distilled to a strength in excess of 96% ABV. They are for the most part marketed at 35-40% ABV and do not rely on any maturation period in their production. Many of them are colourless.
Vodka ('little water') is essentially pure alcohol in water, though flavoured variants are available. Gin comprises distilled alcohol flavoured with a range of botanicals. In the same stable come Genever (like gin, flavoured with juniper), Aquavit (caraway and/or dill), Anis (aniseed, star anise, fennel) and Ouzo (aniseed, mastic).
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