Summer in Style With Staff Favorite Liqueurs

Does your favorite summer drink consist of more than a liberal pour of white wine or spirits over ice? Now’s your chance to stock up on red aperitifs for your spritzes, vermouth for your martinis, besk to rinse your coupes, and more cocktail essentials. Summer in style with our staff’s favorite liqueurs of the moment.

La Fuerza Blanco Vermouth $24.96

Earning its notoriety at a Buenos Aires bar of the same name, La Fuerza’s white vermouth is made in Mendoza and fittingly employs Argentina’s own aromatic grape Torrontes as the base wine. Bright citrus, chamomile tea, thyme, lemon peel, and golden apple all join the fiesta in your glass, which ideally also contains ice, seltzer, and a lemon slice. – Marc Mousky, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Caffo, Vecchio Amaro del Capo $27.96

A beautiful place to start your amaro journey, Caffo, Vecchio Amaro del Capo strikes just the right balance between sweet and bitter with a delightful citrusy, herby finish. Perfect after dinner or as a replacement for dessert. – Josh Mizrahi, Sales Manager

Etna Bitter $29.96

Sweet mandarins, bitter Sicilian oranges and almonds, after being harvested in the vicinity of the Etna volcano, are infused in a base of white wine. Local herbs complete the job. Like many other products created in this area, the flavors are rich and distinctive. A bittersweet drink to enjoy with an ice cube. And, if you ever get the chance, visit Etna! – Andrea Fraccari, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Letherbee Besk $31.99

Think of besk as a Scandinavian cousin to absinthe, but in Letherbee’s case, by way of Illinois. Anise, spices, and incense-like musk will play nicely against a botanical gin, but sipping it neat and cold brings out the intense forest root flavors. – Teddy Daly, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Faccia Brutto Aperitivo $34.96

Faccia Brutto crafts world-class Italian liqueurs locally using organic ingredients. Their Aperitivo strikes a lovely balance of herbaceous, fruity, and bitter flavors. This balance allows it to be equally great in a Spritz or a Negroni. – Chung Park, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Mr Black Single Origin Ethiopia Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur $49.96

While Mr Black has been a favorite of mine since I first tried them, their single origin series is a revelation. This Ethiopia is sourced from one farm in Yirgacheffe and drinks like the best cup of light roast you’ve ever had, with aromas of bright, zesty citrus, hazelnut, bittersweet chocolate, and a lovely natural acidity. All it needs is a little ice. – Jon Miner, Senior Wines & Spirits Consultant

Mas Coutelou Kina Blanc $59.96

Jeff Coutelou is known for his stellar natural wines, so it’s no surprise his Chinato-style vermouths are equally delicious. For the blanc, orange peel, gentian, and kola nuts are macerated in his home-made brandy and wine, before being aged in a solera composed of Cognac and Armagnac barrels. It’s full of honied orange marmalade, blood, and floral notes. Definitely dry with a gentle bitterness. Serve chilled as an aperitif or use to add a zippy, electric edge to cocktails. – Amy Miller, Wines & Spirits Consultant