The Sports Lover’s Spirits Guide
Calling all sports fans: What’s better than a cold beer while watching an action-packed game? Drinking an editor-approved elixir that nods to your favorite sport. From a David Beckham-backed Scotch to a luchador-inspired Tequila, bring these bottles to your next viewing party.
The Sport: Horse Racing
The Spirit: ; $55, 96 points.
Bold and well structured, this Bourbon features warming vanilla and caramel accented by orange peel, stone fruit and a dry baking-spice finish. Sip it with a chunk of ice, or mix up juleps. The round bottle with the horse-topped cork is perfect for Kentucky Derby festivities, too.
The Sport: Fishing
The Spirit: ; $25, 92 points.
Bright gold in the glass, it offers vanilla and fresh-cut grass aromatics. It’s similarly light and fresh on the palate, with touches of oak, vanilla and a fleeting tropical fruit note, finishing with a faint salt-air touch.
The Sport: Golf
The Spirit: ; $24, 90 points.
Fronted by the irreverent Fuzzy Zoeller, winner of the 1979 Masters and 1984 U.S. Open, this corn-based vodka has a neutral, faintly fruity aroma, with a bit of lemongrass on the crisp finish. Bottled by Bendistillery in Bend, Oregon.
The Sport: Wrestling
The Spirit: ; $25, 88 points.
Big, bold and gutsy in every way, from the colorful Mexican luchador motif on the label to the zesty blanco inside. Aromas of tomato and oregano lead to rounded, citrusy flavors with a faint, rounded butterscotch note on the exit. A natural match for sangritas, Bloody Marys and other savory drinks.
The Sport: Baseball
The Spirit: Cooperstown Distillery Abner Doubleday’s “Double Play” Vodka; $45
From the spiritual home of baseball (the Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York), comes a tribute to Abner Doubleday, who some believe invented the sport. Each bottle is shaped like a baseball—right down to its 108 stitches.
The Sport: Soccer
The Spirit: Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky; $70
Backed by icon David Beckham (and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller), this new offering shows maple, oak and brown sugar, plus a surprising tropical touch of banana on the smooth finish.