What’s the state of spirits in the United States? Pretty good!
It’s time for you to check out these smaller-batch boozes you need to sip from the Lower 48, Alaska and Hawaii.
Sounds gross, tastes great. Enjoy the savory finish.
Starts airy and sweet, finishes spicy.
London-dry style. It’s G&T-ready.
Silk. Just add a splash of branchwater.
A tasty herb-infused gin with a confusing name.
Green fairy sharp, nose-twitching anise aromas. Best in cocktails.
A pear brandy with punch (nothing sweet here).
Yes, beer geeks, they make booze, like this chewy, caramelized rum.
Aromatic; use in umbrella drinks.
Dry and spicy, with a classic rye bite.
HI: Ocean Vodka
Smooth, like a surfboard slicing a wave at Hanalei Bay.
ID: Blue Ice Vodka
Satiny, squeaky clean and neutral.
A tinge of citrus; introduce her to Tom Collins.
Rum-like and hearty, with a hint of maple.
Fruity and full-bodied. Fill your flask with it.
KS: Clear10 Vodka
Neutral, with a stiff citrus zing.
Rich, spicy with soft vanilla flavors.
Nutmeg, clove and cayenne. Xmas drinks just got hot.
Complex, structured and strongly herbal
Liquid cashmere. Try ice cold, neat. Bonus: It’s kosher.
Dry, with huge juniper, coriander and anise.
A hop-based booze, flushed with floral notes.
Full-bodied, and crisp as a Northern Minnesota lake.
MO: 360 Vodka
Eco-friendly, right down to the reusable swing-top bottle.
Nutty, rich, a natural for cool-weather cocktails.
Like drinking in scents of the beach.
NE: Patriarch Whiskey‘s Soldier Valley
These Nebraska distillers made this whiskey as a tribute to then men and women of America’s armed forces.
Fruity and rich, akin to French Calvados.
Made from molasses, it’s brash and spicy.
Seriously smoky. Sips more like mescal than Maker’s Mark.
Sweet caramel corn on the lips, silky on the swallow.
NC: TOPO Vodka
Featherweight mouthfeel, with hints of coconut.
Bright, tart and sassy. Great for summer punches.
Starts with a sting, closes with a rounded milk-like mouthfeel.
Dry, with cherry and nut tones. Try in a Manhattan.
Bold and grassy, meet your new Bloody Mary vodka.
Cloudy in the bottle, sweet lemon custard on the tongue.
A traditional P-A rye, it boasts funky honey and banana notes.
Amber, gently spiced and mellow.
SC: Striped Shine
It’s 120-proof, but drinks easy, with Corn Pops cereal notes.
Butterscotch and hints of oak. Nuanced enough to drink neat.
Weighty, rich and toffee-like, it’s rum with gravitas.
Super-smoky, BBQ-worthy. A booze-industry fave.
Full-bodied, with lots of cinnamon, anise and honey.
VT: Barr Hill Gin
Made with raw honey, it’s robust but pleasantly sweet.
A single-malt American beauty. No kilt required.
Hazelnut aroma, with a dry and spicy palate.
WI: Death’s Door Gin
Crisp, clean, classic—an ideal martini gin.
Floral and light, with a honey-sweet finish.
WY: Wyoming Whiskey
Sour and brusque, in a good way. Should come with a cowboy hat.
And one more, for good measure: Washington, D.C., Green Hat Gin
Spicy and crisp. Prepare for next-level Negronis.