If you like: Fernet-Branca
Try: Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
This digestif is distilled from grapes (known as grappa in Italy) and infused with alpine herbs, orange and licorice. Amaro Nonino has spicy-sweet notes of caramel, burnt citrus and vanilla, with a bitter bite at the end. Serve at room temperature or over ice with an orange peel. $47, Total Wine.
If you like: margaritas
Try: a cocktail with Chareau (USA)
A new liqueur from California, Chareau is made with aloe vera, eau-de-vie, cucumber, muskmelon, lemon peel, spearmint and sugar. We think it could easily be the next big thing—especially because it pairs so well with another favorite: tequila. On the menu at Chandelier, Bond and Vesper at the Cosmopolitan and Oak & Ivy at Container Park.
If you like: Crabbie's Ginger Beer
Try: The King's Ginger liquer (Netherlands)
Whether it’s a Moscow Mule or a crisp, sweet alcoholic ginger beer like Crabbie’s, adding the spicy root to any drink is a perfect way to transition into cooler weather. Try mixing King’s Ginger with your favorite spirit for a spicy—not overly sweet—punch, or savour it on the rocks. $42, Total Wine.
If you like: brandy
Try: Berneroy XO Calvados (France)
In the mood for brandy? Try this French version, made from apples. Berneroy’s XO has been aged for at least six years, is made with Normandy apples and has hints of oak, vanilla and citrus, plus a mild nutty flavor. $30, Total Wine.
If you like: Mediterranean flavors
Try: arak, not ouzo
The traditional spirit in the Middle Eastern region (Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Iraq), this 100-proof anise-flavored spirit turns milky white with a little water and ice. $15-$35, Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits, Total Wine, Lee’s Discount Liquor.