3 Locally Made Spirits That Will Make Your Home Bar Awesome

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Capitoline Rosé Cordial ($34.99)

Locally Made Spirits
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Skeptical of sipping vermouth? Try this citrusy, subtly herbaceous fortified rosé, a collaboration between Etto’s Peter Pastan and Kat Hamidi and New Columbia Distillers. It’s called a cordial because under federal law, only wineries can make “vermouth.”

Drink it: In a Negroni or over ice.

Find it at: Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits, Union Market, 1309 Fifth St., NE; 202-548-2450.

Virginia Highland Malt Whisky ($57.49)

Locally Made Spirits
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Washington’s local-whiskey trend is still young, so many of the best, properly aged spirits result from collaborations between new distilleries and established producers. Case in point: this Highland malt, which Virginia Distillery Company sources from Scotland, then ages in port-style wine casks from a nearby vineyard.

Drink it: Neat.

Find it at: Selected ABC stores in Virginia (visit for locations).

Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro Delle Sirene ($40.99)

Locally Made Spirits
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Francesco Amodeo draws from his family’s century-old distilling history for his line of DC-made Italian-style liqueurs. This savory amaro, inspired by a 1930s recipe from the Amalfi Coast, is rounded out by a two-month stay in French oak barrels. A knockout.

Drink it: With sparkling wine and a citrus peel.

Find it at: Ace Beverage, 3301 New Mexico Ave., NW; 202-966-4444.

This article appears in the April 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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