Though women remain underrepresented in the liquor industry, they continue to make strides – and they also make great spirits, too. Here are seven, women-made spirits that make great gifts:
Pomp & Whimsy ($40) Dr. Nicola Nice worked for liquor companies for more than a decade, but the brands never seemed to listen to her when it came to what female consumers actually wanted. She’s since left research and created an extremely successful liquor brand of her own. This sophisticated gin liqueur is made by women for women, and it’s liked by both men and women for its subtly sweet yet complex flavor, making it perfect on the rocks or shaken or stirred into cocktails. While its festive nature can be enjoyed year-round, it’s an exceptionally good spirit to ring in the new year. You can buy it direct here.
Dos Maderas Rum PX 5+5 gift set ($44.99) is created by master blender Paola Medina. She first ages two rums (Guyana and Barbados) in the Caribbean in oak casks. Then, these casks sail across the Atlantic to Spain, where they are aged another three years in casks that previously contained Don Guido, a 20-year-old Pedro Ximenez sherry. The name “dos maderas” means two woods, as the rum is aged in two different types of wood before it is blended. Complex and delicious, you can find it at fine liquor stores across the country. You can also buy it on Drizly here.
Kringle Cream Latte ($15.99) is the latest iteration of Margaret Ebeling’s Kringle Cream liqueur. Unlike the original liqueur, this spirited drink combines Wisconsin cream with cold brew coffee and wine. But it tastes just like Kringle Cream liqueur and coffee. “This was the logical brand extension because people were already combining Kringle Cream in coffee,” Eberling says. “I decided to use wine instead of rum because it opened up more points of distribution, as wine can be packaged in many more sizes than liquor.” It’s perfect for Christmas morning, but it also doesn’t have too much caffeine so if you’re caffeine-sensitive, you should be able to enjoy it in the evening, too. It can be shipped through Binny’s.
Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice ($34.99): Master distiller Lesley Gracie originally created this variation of Hendrick’s gin for a friend’s wedding. In fact, she used essences from the flowers in the bride’s bouquet. It was so popular that she eventually decided to offer it to Hendrick’s fans everywhere. Floral and light yet still Hendrick’s with its notes of rose and cucumber, this gin comes in a gorgeous purple bottle. But if you ask Gracie which flower essences she used, she won’t tell you. “You don’t smell an individual flower; you smell the whole bouquet,” she says.. You can find it at fine liquor stores everywhere, and you can also buy it on Drizly here.
Fistful of Bourbon ($24.99): Launched nationwide recently, Fistful of Bourbon is the first American whiskey from William Grant & Sons, and it was created by Kelsey McLechnie, a whisk(e)y blender. She describes it as “a brand born from ingenuity – but with a cowboy spirit and a touch of Hollywood spaghetti Western nostalgia.” The bourbon is actually five different bourbons, which McLechnie blended together – it’s literally a fistful. You can find it at fine liquor stores everywhere, and you can also buy it on Drizly here.
Miru Vodka and Rex Whiskey ($27.99 and $37.99): Founded by Chaunci King in 2014, this Portland, OR based spirits company makes amazing vodka, pear vodka and whiskey, along with a new line of CBD cocktail mixers. Royalty Spirits, her company, is the only Black and woman owned liquor company in the Pacific Northwest. While King can only ship her stellar booze to certain locations, her CBD mixers — exotic berry, sweet and sour, and vanilla ginger – can be shipped everywhere. They cost $15 per bottle, and they, of course, pair perfectly with her spirits.
pür•geist Bavarian hop-flavored whisky ($49.99): Kiki Braverman produces this unusual whisky with German master distiller Franz Xaver Salzgeber in Bavaria. This whisky is a hopped single malt, which is inspired by Bavarian beer, as it is distilled from a rich, malty bock beer and hops are added, making pür•geist the perfect whisky shot to go along with a brew. Find out where to purchase it at pür•spirits.
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