Spring training has finally arrived, which means baseball season is right around the corner (Opening Day is April 4). If you’re searching for the perfect bottle to toast the Opening Day festivities or gift to a baseball-obsessed fan, check out these national-pastime-themed bottles from Cooperstown Distillery, a micro-distillery based in Cooperstown, N.Y.—you know, the town that’s home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. These are four of its celebratory spirits. (Bonus points if you use them to mix cocktail creations also involving peanuts and Cracker Jack.)
Beanball Bourbon ($45)
Named after the dangerous baseball pitch, the beanball, thrown by frustrated pitchers to scare batters off the plate, this spirit is a blend of sourced Indiana bourbon and the distillery’s own small-batch bourbon, made with local corn, rye wheat and oats. Bottling at 45 percent ABV makes for a more robust whiskey suitable for mixing or sipping, with notes of caramel, butterscotch and smoked toffee on the finish.
Spitball Flavored Whiskey ($20)
Launching on April 4, Opening Day for baseball season, this knowing wink at the popular Fireball brand is a similarly lightly sweet cinnamon-flavored whiskey, finishing with undertones of coffee, chocolate and caramel. The name refers to the controversial spitball pitch, which was outlawed in the early days of the game.
Abner Doubleday Double Play Vodka ($50)
Filled with white wheat vodka, this baseball-shaped decanter perched atop a ballfield-shaped pedestal pays tribute to the inventor of the baseball, Abner Doubleday. The bottle is a perfect replica of an actual baseball right down to the 108 stitches, with Doubleday’s signature etched onto every handblown bottle. Try it in Moscow Mules or perhaps a vodka-based version of the Cooperstown Cocktail.
Abner Doubleday Classic American Whiskey ($50)
Also packaged in a baseball-shaped bottle, this bourbon-style whiskey has a mash bill of corn, rye and malted barley, aged for 10 months in former bourbon casks. Look for subtle traces of allspice, vanilla and caramel. It’s only 35 percent ABV, a lighter style compared to the standard 40 percent ABV for most whiskeys. Use in Old Fashioneds to sip while watching Old Timers’ Day at the stadium.