ardent spirits

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ar·dent spir·its

brandy, whiskey, and other forms of distilled alcoholic liquors.
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In fact, as this last reflection indicated--this instinctive return to hope--sentiments of weakness or fear did not dwell long in her ardent spirit. Milady sat down to table, ate from several dishes, drank a little Spanish wine, and felt all her resolution return.
The dull precious metal seemed to flash with a reflection of her bright and ardent spirit.
Innocent as the young man was of all wrong, every artful insinuation stung, every well- considered sarcasm cut him to the quick; and when Ralph noted his pale face and quivering lip, he hugged himself to mark how well he had chosen the taunts best calculated to strike deep into a young and ardent spirit.
The Arizona vote in November 1919 was 25,887 in favor and 22,743 opposed to a constitutional amendment which read as follows: "Ardent spirits, ale, beer, wine or intoxicating liquors of whatever kind shall not be manufactured in or introduced into the State of Arizona under any pretense."
"It was common to down a glass of whiskey or other spirits before breakfast, "and so conducive to health was this nostrum esteemed," noted a journalist in 1830, "that no sex, and scarcely an age, were deemed exempt from its application." (54) Many took this to heart, gladly taking the public permission to imbibe daily in copious amounts; Americans would often take a dram of whiskey or other ardent spirits during each morning and afternoon break rather than coffee or tea.
"No nation is drunken where wine is cheap; and none sober, where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage." - Thomas Jefferson
They took the pledge which was to abstain from all liquors of an intoxicating quality, whether ale, porter, wine or ardent spirits, except as medicine.
The sub-title of my homespun contest was: "What does it take to win a cocktail competition?" and I learned a lot from the recipes that poured in after I announced the concept in my publication, the Ardent Spirits eLetter.
"Sleepless nights, corroding passions, and a neglect of business, accompanied with the intempered use of ardent spirits, soon plunge both the gamester and his family, into one common ruin," he writes.
The society's original aim was the "reclamation of drunkards" urging abstinence of "ardent spirits" such as rum, gin, brandy and whisky.
In 1821, Scott published a very long article entitled "Scheme for Restricting the Use of Ardent Spirits in the United States" in the Philadelphia National Gazette.