To celebrate the Fourth of July like a patriot, you need to drink liquor produced right here in the good old US of A. (Take that England.) Not that long ago your options were relatively limited, but now, in addition to our great whiskies, there is a selection of excellent homegrown spirits. So this weekend toast our founding fathers with a glass of one of these fine American-made spirits. No doubt you’ll want to drink them long after the holiday is over.
We’ll take Bluecoat Gin over British Redcoats any day. The spirit, which is appropriately made in patriotic Philadelphia, is flavored with a mix of organic botanicals, including juniper berries and a blend of American orange and lemon peels.
While Russia, Poland and Sweden are practically synonymous with vodka, one of the best is actually made in wine-crazy Napa Valley, California. Charbay produces an award-winning line of flavored vodkas, including blood orange, Meyer lemon and ruby red grapefruit.
Americans have been drinking applejack since colonial times. This old-timey favorite, also known as apple brandy, has recently been rediscovered by bartenders. Try Laird’s authentic bonded, straight apple brandy. The brand, founded in 1780, is the oldest distillery in the country.
Looking for tasty rum? Head to Louisiana. Celebration Distillation in the Big Easy produces the rich Old New Orleans Amber Rum, which is full of sweet butterscotch and baking-spice notes.
You no longer need to go to France or Switzerland to find great absinthe. St. George Absinthe Verte, made in Alameda, California, has wonderful aromas of mint, green pepper and fennel and a bittersweet finish. Forget adding a sugar cube: this spirit needs just an ice cube and a splash of water.