7 Spirits to Help Kick-Off 2016
Now that the holidays have a officially come to a close, your liver may be a little worse for the wear. But before you decide to go off the sauce cold turkey, consider this: nothing beats a hangover like a little hair of the dog. Forget juice cleanses. In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, why not resolve to drink better instead of harder? It’s time to step up your liquor game from well to something a little higher quality. Here are seven perfect spirits to help kick-off 2016.
Mount Gay Eclipse Dark Rum
Having been home for the holidays may have you feeling nostalgic, but that’s no reason to drink like an amateur. Sure you may have learned how to drink Bacardi and cokes, but you’re an adult now. Crafted in Barbados and aged in oak barrels, Mount Gay Eclipse is a testament to the Caribbean rum maker’s savoir faire. The company dates back to 1703, making it the oldest rum brand in the world. With notes of banana and vanilla, it’s an excellent way to add some tropical heat this season.
Casamigos Silver Tequila
Love it or hate it, nobody’s neutral about tequila. One thing’s for sure, it’s perfect for those celebrations that go way past curfew. Casamigos Silver or “Blanco” Tequila is made from 100% pure Blue Weber agave grown in Jalisco Mexico. It’s totally sippable on its own, or you can shake into a margarita.
Perfect for eggnog and a classic Old Fashioned, bourbon is bound to find its way into your glass this New Year and with Bulleit Bourbon you’ll hit a homerun with it’s sweet, spicy flavor and just a hint of nutmeg and maple–it’s pie for grownups.
Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne
While technically not a spirit, it’s not the new year without a bit of bubbly. Veuve Clicquot is reliably delicious, with a price tag that’s a little festive but won’t bankrupt your liquor allowance. Sure rappers may talk about Dom and Cristal, but that’s only because it’s harder to find a word that rhymes with “Clicquot.”
Macallan 10 Year Single Malt Scotch
For those of you with a father to impress, nothing says “I have nothing but good intentions for your daughter” like a nice bottle of scotch. Macallan 10 is the youngest of the Macallan family of scotches, but don’t underestimate it’s youth. It’s still very refined– buttery with a touch of honey. Any scotch drinker would happily toast to the New Year with Macallan 10.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
While it may not be Russian, — Texan, actually– it’s still damned good vodka. It’s also gluten-free, since Tito’s is actually distilled from corn, along with the TLC only a Southerner can give. Owner Bert Butler, aka Tito Beveridge, was so set on making craft vodka in his home state that he got the government let him open Texas’s first distillery. Serve Tito’s up in a martini, or use it in your favorite vodka-based cocktail recipe.
Gin drinkers tend to be pretty loyal to their spirit of choice. So whether it’s for you or your gin-drinking friend, why not serve up something above standard this year. Hendrick’s Scottish gin is crafted in very small batches, with cucumber and Bulgarian rose to add flavor. Plus, the dark-blue bottle and ornate label makes it so pretty, you’ll want to display it proudly on your bar cart.
Whichever spirits you choose to sip on 2016 may they be as fabulous as the person holding the glass. Cheers to you!