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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CelloVia Coconut Lime

  1. $20

Made with Persian lime rinds, it’s not a traditional limoncello, but it’s delicious nonetheless. Straw-colored and bright in the glass, it’s slightly sweet and bursting with lemongrass and fresh lime peel.

 — K.N.  (4/1/2015)
93
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CelloVia Cherry Lime

  1. $20

This nontraditional ’cello is made with Persian limes and three different kinds of cherries. It has a surprising rosy hue and is relatively light bodied, offering sweet, juicy stone fruit and a spiced, warming finish.

 — K.N.  (4/1/2015)
92
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Marie Brizard Crème de Cassis de Dijon Liqueur

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  1. $20

This black currant liqueur offers a deep plum color and concentrated dark berry aroma, plus an earthy hint. On the palate, it’s full bodied, with big notes of port, cherries in syrup and raspberry jam. Though pleasant to sip alone as a digestif, it’s ideal lightened up with sparkling wine in a kir royale.

 — K.N.  (4/1/2015)
91
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Arvero Limoncello Liqueur

  1. $25

Refreshing and ideal for sipping or mixing, this lemonade-like liqueur is cloudy yellow in the glass, with a sweet lemon-lollipop flavor and mouthwateringly tart finish.

 — K.N.  (4/1/2015)
91
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CelloVia Blood Orange Vanilla

  1. $20

Orange rinds furnish a gentle, cloudy yellow hue and mild aroma for this limoncello riff. It’s big and sweet on the palate, showing grapefruit, lemon and a touch of vanilla on the long finish.

 — K.N.  (4/1/2015)
91
points

Sukkah Hill Spirits Etrog Liqueur

  1. $25

Nodding to Jewish heritage, this liqueur is made from lemon-like etrog fruits sourced from a California farmer. It reads like a lighter version of limoncello, featuring a bold lemon-zest aroma and clean finish sprinkled with ginger and white pepper.

 — K.N.  (4/1/2015)
90
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Caravella Limoncello Originale

  1. $20

This clear, pale-yellow spirit combines candied lemon peel with delicate, subtle fresh-herb notes on the nose and palate. Though sweet up front, it finishes clean and fresh, teasing faint hints of celery and tarragon. The producer recommends mixing one part limoncello to three parts vodka for a “limontini.”

 — K.N.  (4/1/2015)
90
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CelloVia Blueberry Lavender Limoncello

  1. $20

Ruddy and slightly cloudy in the glass, this tasty, fruit-forward sipper offers cherry and cinnamon, with a fleeting floral hint. Made with lemon rinds, wild blueberries and fresh lavender buds.

 — K.N.  (4/1/2015)
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