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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Sōmrus The Original Indian Cream Liqueur

  1. $25
This unusual rum-based liqueur hints at exotic cardamom, almond and rosewater. It’s creamy but light, and would be a palate-cleansing way to end a richly spiced meal. The ornate gold and red bottle is an eye-catcher, too. Sip it or try the producer’s recommendation to serve frozen into a “kulfsicle.”  — K.N.  (10/1/2014)
92
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300 Joules Lemon Infusion

  1. $25
Created by a cardiologist, the name refers to the units of energy used to shock a patient’s heart back into rhythm. This pale yellow liqueur offers an appealing fresh lemon peel fragrance and mild lemon-curd flavor. The best feature is that it retains a light freshness.  — K.N.  (10/1/2014)
92
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Kringle Cream

  • Best Buy
  1. $20
The name isn’t a Christmas reference. Rather, a kringle is a hand-rolled Danish pastry filled with fruit, nuts and spices and topped with icing. This superrich liqueur combines the flavor of the pastry with Wisconsin cream. Reminiscent of milk punch, it’s creamy white, with slightly nutty, butterscotchy notes. Sub it for cream in your coffee at dessert.  — K.N.  (10/1/2014)
91
points

1921 Crema de Tequila Mexico

  1. $30
Though this cream liqueur is Tequila-based, you’d never know it. Instead, you might guess this was a smooth latte, with its tan hue and coffee-tinged aroma and flavor, finishing with just a flicker of cinnamon. Presented in a 1921 replica package.  — K.N.  (10/1/2014)
91
points

Fennelly’s Irish Cream

  • Best Buy
  1. $14
This whiskey-based treat looks and smells just like boozy chocolate milk. On the palate, the subtle flavor suggests mocha cut with cream. It strikes just the right balance between sweet creaminess and alcohol to cut the richness.  — K.N.  (10/1/2014)
91
points

Tolón-Tolón Macadamia Nut Cream

  • Best Buy
  1. $18
Rich and thick, this tan-hued liqueur has lots of bold nutty flavor and pleasingly creamy texture. Consider mixing with raspberry cordial for an old-school “nuts & berries” cocktail or pour over fresh berries.  — K.N.  (10/1/2014)
90
points

Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum Cream

  • Best Buy
  1. $19
Part of singer Kenny Chesney’s rum line, this unusual rum-based cream liqueur has an enticing coconut and spice aroma, with a stronger hit of cardamom emerging on the palate. The mild coconut-milk effect would lend itself to tropical drinks.  — K.N.  (10/1/2014)
90
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Tolón-Tolón Whisky Cream

  • Best Buy
  1. $18
Deutsch & Sons–Blue Division, White Plains, NY). Reminiscent of a peanut-butter cup in a bottle, from the chocolate milk-like appearance, aroma and flavor to the surprising—and delicious—peanut-butter note on the finish. Less surprising: it’s mighty addictive.  — K.N.  (10/1/2014)
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