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ARAK BRUN
Faouzi Issa takes arak seriously at Domaine des Tourelles, his family's winery
in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. He bases his
arak on his two best grapes-cinsault
and obaideh, a local white grape-and
grows his own anise seed for flavoring
it. After a year-long rest in amphorae,
the resulting spirit is smooth, and bursting with pure, clean anise flavor. Pour
it over ice cubes and add cold water to
allow it to louche: It's a refreshing drink
on a hot day.
Imported by V.O.S. Selections, NY;
53% abv, $29/375ml

MATTEI CAP CORSE
QUINQUINA BLANC &
ROUGE
These two quinquinas are named after
the peninsula that juts north off the
island of Corsica. Both are based on muscat and vermentino, and get their signature bitterness from the addition of cinchona bark; the difference between the
red and white is their flavoring agents.
The blanc, flavored with cedrat, a local
thick-skinned citron, tastes like summer
in its notes of honeysuckle and Meyer
lemon; the red, flavored with spices and
walnuts, is fragrant with cinnamon and
orange peel. They are both delicious over
ice, or swap vermouth out for quinquina
in a twist on the Negroni.
Imported by Haus Alpenz, NY; 17% abv,
$21/750ml

MAHÓN GIN

AMBROSIA APERITIVO

This gin claims its own designation of origin, IGT Mahón-Menorca, in the Balearic
Islands off the coast of Spain. It's been made
since 1910, when Miguel Pons Justo began
distilling it for the British soldiers who were
stationed in the port. To this day, the gin's
main botanical is juniper berries harvested
from high up in the mountains surrounding Mahón. They grow so intense in flavor
that they are aged before being added to the
gin. The scented spirit is then wood-fired
in a copper still. The result is fragrant and
fruity, with a mouthfilling texture. Have it in
a Menorcan cocktail like a Pomada, by adding some fresh lemonade and mint.

Working out of a distillery in Washington, DC, Francesco Amodeo takes inspiration from his family's hometown of
Atrani, on Italy's Amalfi Coast, for his
line of liqueurs. Ambrosia, his latest
release, is made of macerated fruit and
spices, including blood orange, cantaloupe and turmeric, and then fortified
with a neutral base. It's both bitter and
sweet, the fruit flavors clear and distinct,
combining with the spice to deepen
into notes of stone fruit and cherries. It
makes a terrific summer spritz, with soda
water, and maybe a splash of Prosecco.

Imported by Glass Revolution Imports, Las
Vegas, NV; 41% abv, $35/750ml

Don Ciccio & Figli, Washington, DC;
15% abv, $31/750ml

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