Whiskey, rum, gin, brandy, etc., as distinct from wine and beer; spirits; strong waters (1879+)
Note also that Americans are moderating the way they use alcohol, shifting away from hard liquor etc.
They started with organic sodas, then beer and wine, now they are moving on to hard liquor.
hard liquor was supposed to be forbidden, but they made their own.
hard liquor has no place on the refreshment list of a class whose life is dependent on a clear brain and a sure hand and foot.
Let hard liquor crouch and tremble in its rathskeller below the sidewalk!
And the amount of hard liquor consumed on election days and county court days was also a deterrent.
She was as stingy with her language as if it had been hard liquor.