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Aperol Liqueur

September 2014

Tariquet VS Armagnac

Armagnac is cognac’s charming rustic cousin, also made from grapes and aged in barrels, but far more wild and unpredictable rather than soft and rounded.

Cynar Liqueur

Italian bitter digestif liqueurs are called amari (amaro in the singular), and include Fernet-Branca and Averna along with Cynar.

Montelobos Mezcal

Some mezcal is the artisanal product of generations of craftsmanship, yet it can be polarizing with its smoky, sometimes rubbery, flavor. Other mezcal is just cheap hooch with bugs floating in it.

Macchu Pisco

Pisco is unaged grape brandy from Peru or Chile, though usually the best stuff is from Peru.

Leblon Cachaca

Cachaca (ka-SHAH-suh) is Brazil’s national spirit, distilled from fermented sugar cane juice, and hopefully you capitalized on World Cup fever this summer by pouring the national cocktail, the Caip

Berentzen Apple Liqueur

After years in the shame shadow of the Appletini, the flavor of apples has returned to cocktails in a big way.

2009 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet

The acidity in this wine—mostly Meyer lemons—doesn’t overpower, allowing minerals and chalkiness to shine through. Consider matching with grilled fish, for a subtle sweet accent to the meal.

2012 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Bergerie

Proof that all-natural viticulture results in expressive wines, this one features chalkiness and melon fruit, and is very balanced. The wine is made with Chenin Blanc grapes.

2010 Domaine des Baumard Trie Spéciale

Although flush with soft apple and pineapple notes, this wine—made from Chenin Blanc grapes—could stand up to spicy foods due to its rich, layered finish and assertiveness throughout.

NV Bouvet Ladubay Cremant de Loire Rosé

Very balanced, there’s a lift of strawberries toward the finish, which lingers on the palate. Due to the wine’s savory notes, consider sipping alongside oysters, or dishes rich in herbs.

Abita Purple Haze

A taste of this raspberry-enhanced brew starts with a dollop of sweet wheat malt, followed by a balanced berry flavor—not too tart or overpoweringly sweet—and a smattering of citrusy hops.