Chateau de Laubade VSOP Bas Armagnac
Cognac’s cousin, Armagnac is a type of French brandy that’s aged in oak casks. This beautiful amber specimen, from one of the most famous Armagnac distilleries, tastes like dried figs and apricots. Perfect for pairing with spicy gingerbread cookies.
To buy: $44 for one 750ml bottle, klwines.com.
Krogstad Festlig Aquavit
The Portland-based brewery uses a traditional Scandinavian recipe to make this crisp, caraway- and anise-infused vodka. Enjoy it chilled, sipped between courses or at the end of the meal as a palette cleanser.
To buy: $30 for one 750ml bottle, mouth.com.
Croft Pink Port
This fruity rosé port is lighter than most red varieties, and reminded us of raspberries and almond paste. Luscious, bright, and appealingly pink, it's great on its own or as a companion to fresh fruit, tarts, and pies.
To buy: $20 for one 750ml bottle, valleyfinewines.com.
Marolo Milla Grappa
Don’t write off this Italian brandy: like tequila, low-end versions can taste like rubbing alcohol, but the high-quality ones are nuanced and delightful. This top-shelf pick is infused with chamomile flowers and tastes reminiscent of herbal tea and honey. The hand-blown glass bottle makes
an elegant winter gift.
To buy: $50 for one 750ml bottle, drinkupny.com.
Amaros are traditionally made from grape brandy infused with herbs, sweetened with sugar syrup, and aged. In this case, the brandy has been infused with a blend of rhubarb, saffron, tamarind, and caramelized sugar—which gives it a gently herbal profile and a reddish-amber color. Serve
the bittersweet, faintly spicy drink over ice or in liqueur glasses, slightly chilled.
To buy: $50 for one 750ml bottle, liquorama.net.