The Case for Already-Flavored Spirits
If you’re short on time, mason jars, or the will to do one more DIY project, there are a variety of already-infused bottles on package store shelves that deliver on the same flavor-fused fronts. The best part? The master distillers behind these bottles have found ways to infuse flavors that would otherwise be difficult to execute at home. For example, it’s pretty easy to throw a few pieces of fruit in a liquor-filled jar, but infusing an ingredient like peanut butter might make a bigger mess than your home kitchen is equipped to handle. Here are three popular already-infused and ready-to-serve spirits to consider adding to your bar cart, along with tips for how to serve them.
Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose is refreshing, fragrant, and mouthwatering. Flavors from zesty grapefruit and refined rose petals capture the essence of elegance and springtime. The botanical flavoring agents are obtained naturally, yielding the freshest, cleanest taste possible without added sweeteners or artificial flavors. Serve it in a wine glass with ice, soda water, and your choice of fragrant herbs, crisp citrus, or other fresh fruit.
Like most gin varieties, juniper is the most forward flavor profile in Barr Hill Gin. What sets it apart, however, is the incorporation of raw honey after distillation – an “ode to the hardworking bees of the Northeast,” according to the brand. The juniper-forward botanicals are brought to a perfect balance by the floral sweetness of the raw honey. To appreciate the subtlety of this flavor infusion, you’ll want to sample the gin neat. It would also add a wonderful complexity to a Tom Collins or a simple gin and tonic.
Some have described Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey as the essence of a nutty candy bar in a glass. This smooth, slightly sweet whiskey is a sensation for the nose as much as it is for the taste buds. Skrewball is sure to be unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. This spirit is delicious on its own, or it can be used to add a unique, nutty twist to the classic old fashioned.