You know the hooch is tasty when your guest says “Damn, where did you get THIS?”
The bottles on our short list this summer:
James E. Pepper 1776 Rye 15 Year
While the brand dates back to 1776, it's only been recently revived by Georgetown Trading Co. Rich flavor with notes of vanilla, caramel and orange peel make for a killer old fashioned with this stuff. Pricey, but worth it.
St. George Spirits Botanivore Gin
Straight out of Cali with a whopping blend of 19 botanicals. Muddled mint and tarragon plus two ounces of Botanivore shaken and topped with seltzer, and boom: got yourself a “Botanical Smash” to enjoy on the patio.
Celebration Distillation Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum
Classic spiced rum gets a Cajun kick with the addition of cayenne pepper. Marinate fresh fruit in this and add it to your red wine sangria for bold spicy flavor.
Nota bene: Need other uses for this stuff? Check out our just-dropped Cocktail Quarterly for the best recipes of the season.