Kara Newman

Spirits Editor

Reviews spirits.

Kara Newman is the Spirits Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and author of Cocktails for a Crowd (coming in Spring 2013) and Spice & Ice: 60 tongue-tingling cocktails, both from Chronicle Books. An active member of the New York cocktail and mixology scene, she loves dive bars and speakeasies alike.

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Rain City Spirits DRIP Coffee Liqueur

  • Best Buy
  1. $22

Made with local cold-brewed coffee, cane sugar and Rain City’s vodka, this liqueur has a bold, authentic coffee aroma and flavor, with light sweetness and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Just add cream for a head start on a white Russian-style cocktail.

 — K.N.  (11/1/2014)
94
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Damrak Amsterdam Gin

  • Best Buy
  1. $23

Versatile and crisp, this cocktail-ready gin offers a mild lemon peel aroma and mouth-filling notes of sweet, juicy grapefruit tempered by coriander and white pepper.

 — K.N.  (11/1/2014)
94
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Rain Cucumber Vodka

  • Best Buy
  1. $17

Light, fresh and just faintly sweet, this flavored vodka has spa-like notes of cucumber and lime peel. Smooth sipping, especially when chilled, and a natural for spring and summer cocktails.

 — K.N.  (11/1/2014)
94
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Tequila Don Ramon Añejo

  • Best Buy
  1. $24

Soft and well-structured, this aged Tequila mixes spicy and sweet to delightful effect. Long honey notes linger on the tongue, tapering off with a welcome touch of cayenne-ginger heat. Sip straight up or pair with Mexican dishes with bold flavors.

 — K.N.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Marie Brizard Orange Curaçao

  • Best Buy
  1. $20

Made with bitter orange from Haiti and Cognac, this is an orange liqueur with a darker side. It has a deep amber hue and a robust, enticing orange-peel scent. On the palate, it’s appropriately thick and syrupy, bursting with orange peel and fruit, burnt orange peel, almond and vanilla. Would work particularly well in cocktails to sweeten dark spirits like aged…

 — K.N.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Prairie Wolf Spirits DARK

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  1. $22

This velvety, nut-brown craft coffee liqueur is reminiscent of sweetened coffee dosed with dried orange peel and maple. Made with Kona coffee beans roasted in Oklahoma, plus vanilla, molasses and cane sugar, it has a rounded, almost Bourbon-like alcohol feel that cuts through the sweetness for a balanced sip.

 — K.N.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Skyy Vodka

  • Best Buy
  1. $17

Skyy is best known for its flavored vodkas, but this will please most unflavored vodka purists, too. Overall this vodka is neutral in aroma and flavor, with a hint of vanilla and a crisp, light finish.

 — K.N.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Tanqueray London Dry Gin

  • Best Buy
  1. $20

Inside the recognizable green bottle, look for bold juniper plus notes of anise, lemon peel, and a faint white-floral touch, laced with black pepper heat. Overall, a clean, classic profile that’s just the ticket for gin & tonics.

 — K.N.  (11/1/2014)
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