Capitoline Rosé Cordial ($34.99)
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)
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 vadistillery.com for locations).
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.