Five new spirits to try at home

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With the current social distancing measures remaining in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has never been a better time to re-stock your home bar. Here are a few of the newest spirits and cocktail ingredients you can try, giving you a reason to break out your fanciest engraved drinkware and treat yourself.

Avallen Calvados

Released by Healthy Hospo founder, Tim Etherington-Judge in April 2019, this mellow Calvados has been aged in French oak barrels for at least two years. It has no added sugar and comes in a ‘bar-tender friendly’ bottle, so it is extremely light, with a reduced impact on the environment.

Empirical Spirits Ayuuk

Danish distillery, Empirical Spirits released this imaginative spirit in October 2019. It is made with wine-macerated chillies from Oaxaca in Mexico, which are blended with Pilsner malt and purple wheat. The result is a smooth balance of pleasant spice and natural chilli.

Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice

A limited edition gin infused with floral flavours and essences which hopes to capture the ‘aromatic intensity of a midsummer day’. Midsummer Solstice was launched in February 2020 by William Grant & Sons, and was inspired by summer floral blooms.

Mr Black Single Origin Columbia

This is a new expression from Australian coffee liqueur producer, Mr Black. Using the finest coffee beans from Finca Villa Betulia in Colombia, the infusion ‘celebrates the terroir of top-growing regions around the world’.

Schofield’s Dry Vermouth

Developed by Asterley Bros in London, Schofield’s Dry Vermouth has been described as ‘aromatic, fragrant and elegant’. It is a reflection of the Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc and English Bacchus wines along with the 28 types of botanicals that are used to make this smooth aperitif.

Branching out and trying new drinks and flavours may help you to find your new favourite tipple.

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