Misc. Spirits

Amara Amaro D'Arancia Rossa Blood Orange Liqueur

I am completely smitten with this Amaro. The primary ingredient is blood orange from Sicily with the bitter, herbal components taking somewhat of a backseat, and the result is a brighter, more feminine, style of Amaro that is complex and delicious. It is floral, fruit-forward, mineral, and long with red berry fruits and herbs building on the finish. This is simply a fantastic after dinner drink. Tim Gagnon

  • herb liqueur
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $35.99

Argala NV Amaro Alpino 750ml (28%)

The Argala spirits hail from the picturesque village of Roccavione in Piedmont, Italy where herbs and botanicals abound. Argala distillers, Enrico and Piero, began their operation in 2011, and since 2018 they cultivate their own herbs and plants in a nearby field for their macerations, because it is important to them that their amaro and pastis full represent the Maritime alps. The Amaro is a blend of 30 different herbs and botanicals macerated in a wheat distillate, and lightly sweetened. The dominant aromas come from the pine, juniper, and orange peels, and elderberry gives it color.

  • herb liqueur
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

Cap Corse Mattei Blanc Quinquina Aperitif

Beautiful interplay between sweet and bitter. Notes of citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, white flowers, chamomile, fennel, and quinine.

  • aperitif
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

Cappelletti Sfumato Rabarbaro Amaro (20%)

This is an excellent amaro for those looking for something slightly less bitter as their digestif. The name Sfumato derives from the Italian word for smoke and refers the slightly smokey quality of the bitter roots used in the blend. The key ingredient for this amaro is the Chinese Rhubarb, which gives it a touch of sweetness and marries well with the alpine herbs and berries. Earthy, smokey, fruity, and herbaceous, all perfectly balanced together.

  • bitter
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • vermouth
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Cocchi Aperitivo Americano Bianco

Crafted using the same recipe their founder, Giulio Cocchi, created in the late 1800's , this is a traditional Piemontese aperitivo based with Moscato d'Asti, aromatized with gentian, quinine, and citrus. Perfect with a splash of soda over ice as the Itallians do, or in a white Negroni. For those longing for the original formula Lillet, this is a great alternative!

  • aperitif
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • bitter aperitif
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • fortified aperitif wine
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Blanc 375ml

It may not be terribly in style, but we still love a great blanc vermouth on the rocks from time to time, and this is one of our favorites for sipping. Dolin was established in the late 1800's and continues to use the same recipes to this day, with local botanicals and locally sourced bottles and packaging. Delightfully off-dry, floral, a bit of sweet almond and white peach. Great on it's own, with a splash of seltzer, or try it with Tequila, it plays well with agave!  Michelle DeWyngaert

  • vermouth
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $9.99

Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Dry 375ml

Perhaps the benchmark for dry french Vermouth. Both complex and subtle, with floral and herbal flavors derived from the 54 or so secret ingredients. The first Vermouth I reach for when making a Martini, and an excellent drink on ice. JR

  • vermouth
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $9.99

  • vermouth
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $9.99

Forthave Spirits Amaro Marseille 750ml

The Forthave Marseille Amaro is truly unique affair. Based on a medieval recipe of four thieves who, as the story goes, traded their secret concoction for clemency. It is at once soft and assertive. Eucalyptus, mint, cinnamon, dried lemon peel, dried tea leaves, and honey dominate the nose, while the palate further reveals star anise, lemon extract, a touch of vanilla, and cloves. Marseille uses raw honey as a sweetener, and similar to something like Amaro dell'Erborista by Varnelli, it gives it a wonderful, soft and lush texture. Perfect as an after dinner digestif. Oskar Kostecki

  • bitter
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Forthave Spirits Nocino Black 375ml

The second iteration of this very special Nocino (walnut liqueur) from Brooklyn-Based distillery, Forthave! Hand-foraged walnuts from the Hudson valley are macerated in glass demi-johns for nine months, then distilled into a rich walnut eau-de-vie, and lightly sweetened with raw turbinado sugar. Made in tiny quantities so we only have a few!

  • bitter
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • bitter
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $53.99

Forthave Spirits NV Amaro Mithradates 750ml

Mithradates was credited with creating an ancient, wine-based amaro sometime in the first century BCE. Of course Daniel and friends at Forthave HAD to fully geek out and experiment with this ancient elixir and the result is their first wine-based Amaro, named after the original creator. From our friends at Forthave: "MITHRADATES VI is a vino amaro made with red wine from New York’s Finger Lakes region and aromatized with 34 unique botanicals. The grapes (Frontenac), harvested in 2021, were vinified and then fortified with various herbal extractions before resting in used bourbon casks and steel tanks. It is the second release of Forthave Spirits’ historical line, where ancient medicinal recipes are reinterpreted as digestivos. // For more info, email us or check out Forthave online.

  • bitter
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

  • liqueur
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

High Wire Distilling Southern Amaro Liqueur 750

Historically, amari were made as a way to make full use of the harvest by macerating leftover herbs, botanicals, and fruits in distilled spirits. This of course means everything was grown locally, resulting in a myriad of different styles depending on where you were and what crops were planted. And while there are other American amari on the market today, it’s hard to think of one that truly capitalizes on its bountiful, regional raw ingredients. Most are based on traditional Italian – or even Scandinavian – recipes, which are delicious, but rely on herbs and botanicals that may or may not be native to where they are made. Enter High Wire’s Southern Amaro. Using a base of neutral corn spirit, they macerate Yaupon Holly (America’s only native caffeinated plant) and gentian root, along with wild mint, local Dancy tangerine, and Charleston Black Tea (the only colorant used), among other botanicals. It is then sweetened with neutral cane syrup which they make themselves from local sugarcane. It is wild and intriguing on the nose with brown sugar, sweet spice, and zesty citrus balanced by deeper aromas of black tea leaves, pine resin, smoke, and hints of brine and celery. The palate is quite lifted and herb-forward with a balanced sweetness, and it is here that the tangerine and mint really shine along with a touch of black cherry. Reach for this after a fantastic meal! Tim Gagnon

  • herb digestive
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $35.99

Kelley Fox 2020 Willamette Valley Red Vermouth

"Beyond the physical attributes of the plants, like all of Kelley's wines, this is a wine of time and place, with crystal-like transmission. It's a wine born of fire. In a year of personal and systemic hard truths, tragedy and grief. The vines felt it all, as did many of the other plants which were growing in fields, forests and riverbanks of Oregon. Already, some of these plants, as successionary species, have answered their call to restore the burnt forest floors; in fact, some actually wait as seeds in the soil for fire to spark their germination. The plants remind us that in death is healing, restoration, transformation and new life. In this way, this wine was born from death and passed through several re-births: from grapes to wine, wine to brandy, fresh plants to liquid extracts, and the final birth of the merging of them all." (Stephanie Sprinkle)

  • vermouth
  • 3 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Little City Vermouth Dry Vermouth 375ml

This is an entirely hand-crafted, locally made dry Vermouth from Will Clark of Little City. What started out as a hobby in his living room has grown into a full-fledged operation supplying bars, restaurants, and retail stores. The base wine for these aromatized, fortified spirits is actually made from 100% Cayuga White, a hybrid grape designed for the cold winters of the Finger Lakes, which is then blended with 38 macerated grasses, botanicals, barks, and berries. Notes of almond and chamomile on the nose with yellow apple, with a more savory palate of dried herbs, dried chamomile, and celery salt on the finish. I love how flavorful and a little vegetal this blend is, making it truly worthy of a wet martini (the best way to drink a martini, in my humble opinion). Michelle DeWyngaert

  • vermouth
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

Little City Vermouth Sweet Vermouth 375ml

Created in Harlem and bottled by Finger Lakes Distilling, this is a great Sweet Vermouth that straddles feeling classic and modern. The base of both the sweet and dry Little City's is the hearty Cayuga White, a hybrid grape found in the Finger Lakes which lends these Vermouth's  a brighter acidity. The Sweet Vermouth is blended with 53 botanicals, many of them the usual suspects such as gentian, juniper, cinnamon, and orange peel, but with a few more interesting additions like black sesame, black walnut leaf, and grapefruit peel. In order to keep the integrity of these flavors, heat is never used, only maceration until it reaches the perfect balance. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • vermouth
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • vermouth
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Nux Alpina (Purkhart) Walnut Liqueur 375ml

A longstanding tradition throughout the Alps is the annual production of a rich and aromatic walnut liqueur. Each summer the family picks fresh green walnuts from wild stands of the delicate “Weinsberg” variety near the village of Sankt Peter in der Au. These walnuts steep for months in Weinbrand (a grape brandy) and for the last month with a variety of spices and alpine botanicals. For three generations the Purkhart family has produced this all-natural walnut liqueur from the same family recipe, renowned for its balance and exceptionally smooth finish.

  • liqueur
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram 375ml

From its origins in the tropical hills and valleys of Jamaica, the allspice berry has for generations been prized for its exceptional tastes of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg and a pepper note that dazzles the palate. The allspice liqueur, known in classic cocktails as "Pimento Dram," brings together the fine pot-still rum and classic allspice berries of Jamaica. Enjoy St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram in classic cocktails, Wassail and other punches, mulled wine, continental and island cuisine.

  • liqueur
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

Varnelli Amaro dell'Erborista 1 Liter

This is the most powerful Amaro I have ever tried. To drink it is to experience a brisk and bracing shock of mountain roots and herbs. The flavors are intense enough to make one’s whole mouth tingle, and the experience lasts for several minutes. As a warning, it must be said that this tonic is brutally dry, rich, and smoky. One could tackle a glass neat after dinner, or a splash could go a long way in creating unique cocktails. This tonic is made with botanicals that are smoked prior to maceration, and mountain honey is used (extremely sparingly) as a sweetener. For the adventurous there is nothing else quite like it! JR

  • herb liqueur
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99