Summer is upon us, and we’re celebrating warmer weather with some fresh, new spirits that were released in May.
From a floral, seasonal gin to a flavored vodka infused with Japanese citrus fruit, these nine new spirits are worthy of your attention this season.
Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice ($39)
Just in time for warm weather, Hendrick’s has released a brand-new gin by the woman who first created the brand, Master Distiller Lesley Gracie. Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice kicks up the floral essences to go along with the brand’s signature rose- and cucumber-infused gin, and it boasts an undertone of refreshing orange blossom. Use it to kick up a morning Mimosa or as a swap for vodka in a Salty Dog.
Starward Nova Single Malt Whisky ($51)
This award-winning single malt has finally made its way to the United States, and we couldn’t be more excited. Starward Nova Single Malt Whisky is made in Melbourne, Australia, and aged for three years in red wine barrels. This vibrant whisky is meant to be paired with food, so we suggest pouring it over ice or enjoying it in a bubbly Highball.
EFFEN Yuzu Citrus Vodka ($19)
EFFEN has been making waves in the flavored vodka category for years, which is why we’re so excited about its latest release. EFFEN Yuzu Citrus Vodka uses the popular Japanese fruit to give this expression a tangy, citrusy bite with notes of grapefruit and herbs. Try it neat or over ice, or use it to spike lemonade or grapefruit soda for a refreshing summer sipper.
Copper & Kings Destillaré Intense Café and Destillaré Intense Chocolat Brandy ($35)
It seems that Copper & Kings is always working on a delightful new spirit, and this month is no different. Copper & Kings Destillaré Intense Café is made by blending Arabica cold brew and aged brandy, then infusing the mix with Madagascar vanilla beans, cardamom, and coffee beans. The new Destillaré Intense Chocolat expression uses a similar process, but with Caribbean cocoa nibs. Both bottlings are sweet and highly aromatic without being syrupy or sticky, like other coffee and chocolate liqueurs.
Woodford Reserve Batch Proof 2019 Bourbon ($130)
Woodford Reserve first released its Batch Proof bottling last year, and now it’s back with a brand-new expression for 2019. Woodford Reserve Batch Proof 2019 is a blend of barrels that is presented at its actual proof (instead of the brand’s standard 90.4), which this year is 123.2. The result is a rich, layered bourbon with flavors of dried fruits, dark chocolate, and spiced coffee that should absolutely be enjoyed neat or with a few drops of water.
Tamworth Garden Damson and Garden Dutchess Gin ($60)
New Hampshire-based Tamworth Distilling just released two terroir-driven gins to its wilderness-to-bottle spirits collection. Tamworth Garden Damson is a plum-infused gin that has a sweet-tart flavor and tastes beautiful on its own or in a Gin Fizz. Tamworth Garden Dutchess is a genever-inspired gin that’s infused with juniper, cherry bark, orange rind, angelica, apple pomace, raspberry, and nutmeg. Both bottlings are lovely ways to open your palate to the gin category if you’re not yet acquainted.
Hangar 1 Bentwing Brandy ($38)
Hangar 1 Distillery just released its first-ever non-vodka offering, and we’re super excited about the delicious new spirit. Bentwing Brandy is a blend of Northern California and Chenin Blanc-style brandies that marries local ingredients with Old World eau de vie blending techniques. It has a rounded, fruity flavor with hints of caramelized sugar and oak that work beautifully in a classic Sidecar.