Rectified spirit is a very powerful stimulant. In its undiluted state it is never exhibited as a remedy; and is employed only for forming the diluted spirit, and as a pharmaceutical agent. Officinal preparations. In the diluted form it constitutes the various spirits of commerce, and in the more concentrated state is called spirit of wine, or rectified spirit.
Ethanol of about 95 percent purity is known as rectified spirit. Rectified spirit is the constant boiling point mixture which ethanol forms with water, and usually contains 95.6 percent of ethanol. Ethanol is produced from raw materials such as molasses, a byproduct of the sugar industry, starch from corn in the case of alcoholic beverages or other sugary fruits.