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Spirits means any distilled beverage. Wine is not a spirit. The spirit derived from wine is brandy. Spirits are so called because during distillation the alcohol is evaporated out, and the alchemists likened the process to a spirit leaving a body. Many chemicals that were traditionally distilled from another raw material bear the alchemical name "spirit of..." such an such, example mineral spirits, or nitric acid called spirit of nitre, or ether being called spirit of vitriol.