13 International Spirits for a Global Bar
Clockwise from top left: photo courtesy of Food52; photo courtesy of Nikka Whisky, photo courtesy of Tuthilltown Spirits; photo courtesy of Tuthilltown Spirits.
Cracking open a souvenir spirit from a far-flung adventure or exploring the liquor aisle for an exotic bottle is a great way to keep travel on the tip of your tongue.
We rounded up a collection of our favorite international spirits — from New York's Hudson Valley to the tropical island of Mauritius — to show you what we're stocking in our traveling bar cart.
Add a spicy, smoky kick to your next mixed drink with this ancho chile sugar cane spirit from Puebla, Mexico.
Price: $41 Available at: winechateau.com
Indigenous Fresh-Pressed Apple Vodka
The small-batch vodka is made with apples from the Hudson Valley. Sip on its own or in a cocktail made with apple cider.
Price: $36 Available at: bottlerocket.com
Aylesbury Duck Vodka
A clean and spicy Canadian vodka that works nicely in a Bloody Mary and Moscow Mule.
Available at: mashandgrape.com
Mr. Katz’s Rock & Rye Whiskey
An old rock candy and rye whiskey recipe spiffed up with fruit and spice to make a uniquely delicious spirit from New York City.
Price: $32 Available at: mouth.com
Barr Hill Gin
A surprisingly sweet gin made with only two ingredients (honey and juniper) by a bee keeper based in Vermont.
Price: $40 Available at: astorwines.com
Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
A rich and complex sweet vermouth made from white wine in Southern Italy. Drink chilled as an aperitif or use in classic cocktails like the Negroni or Americano.
Price: $34 Available at: plummarket.com
Bruxo No.1 Mezcal Espadin
This traditional mezcal from Mexcio is made with 100% Espadin agave and has a smoky aftertaste.
Price: $26 Available at: winedelight.com
Portobello Road Gin
Distilled in London and made by the award-wining Notting Hill bar, Portobello Star. This old-style London dry gin works brilliantly in a classic G&T or martini.
Price: $32 Available at: thewhiskyexchange.com
Tequila Clase Azul Reposado
A soft and sweet Mexican-made tequila housed in a stunning Talavera-style hand-painted decanter.
Price: $96 Available at: winedelight.com
This hard-to-find Scotch is a great, smooth single malt that is fantastic for experienced tipplers and new converts alike.
Price: $78 Available at: masterofmalt.com
Not only is this clean, smooth spirit made with Icelandic glacial water; it's produced using sustainable energy — making it the world's first green vodka.
Price: $26 Available at: internationalwineshop.com
Nikka Whisky From the Barrel
An original on the Japanese whisky scene, this hard-to-find bottle contains a unique recipe that marries malt and grain.
Price: $44 Available at: masterofmalt.com
Penny Blue Rum
A smooth single estate rum distilled with home-grown sugar cane on the tropical island of Mauritus.
Price: $75 Available at: drinkupny.com