About Specialty Spirits

The specialty spirits category includes some of the more unique and individualized spirits that don't fit into traditional spirits categories. Pomace brandies such as grappa and marc are included as part of this category as are aquavit, dry schnapps, and certain flavored spirits from around the world.

Top Picks for Specialty Spirits

Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative Other Spirit
94 points
$24.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas of toasted apple cake, ripe honeydew melon, aloe vera, smoked legumes, and crushed pepper with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-length spicy ginger, pear puree, and hints of pineapple finish. An excellent Tequila alternative that offers all the earthiness, creamy fruit, and peppery heat that you desire; try in margaritas, palomas, and more.
94 points $24.99 Best Buy
Lyre’s Italian Orange Non Alcoholic Other Spirit
93 points
$35.99
Medium salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of gentian, ginger, orange peel, angelica, cinnamon stick, and tonka bean with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of ripe strawberry, orris root, and jasmine tea finish. A round and highly pleasing non-alcoholic spirit that elevates the no-ABV sipping experience; a round, refreshing, palate-opening beverage for spirit-free aperitivos.
93 points $35.99
Château Ksara Arak-Ksarak
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Herbal aromas and flavors of black licorice, black pepper, oregano, and tarragon with a velvety, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, medium-long finish. A complex arak with subtle herbal nuance and in-check heat.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Lyre’s Italian Spritz Non Alcoholic Other Spirit
92 points
$35.99
Crimson red color. Aromas and flavors of marasca cherry, rose hips, fruit punch, watermelon, ginger, spiced honey, and lime peel with a supple, bright, sweet light body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of rhubarb. A bittersweet, somewhat tropical cocktail ingredient for summer spritzers, and poolside libations; a fun and complex option when you want a break from booze.
92 points $35.99
Alexander Grappa di Cabernet
92 points
$39.99
Clear color. Rustic aromas of hay, green tea, dried mango, dried lime peel, and tobacco with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a medium-long marzipan wrapped cherries, icing sugar, dried lemon peel, and bee pollen finish. A terroir-driven grappa; sip after a good meal.
Awards: 2017 Best Grappa
92 points $39.99
Alexander Grappa Bianca
90 points
$37.99
Clear color. Confected aromas of green pear, tutti fruiti candies, banana marshmallow, guayabana, crisp raw asparagus, and sunflower seeds with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length dandelion, marjoram, chamomile tea, banana leaf, and ground peppercorns finish. A fruit-forward Grappa with a friendly nose and a palate reminiscent of the summer countryside.
90 points $37.99
Pietro Gallo Estate Grappa Di Pinot Grigio
89 points
$60
Clear color. Fruity, earthy aromas of green apple, dolmades, dried fig and apricot, and green tea with a satiny, bright, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length bitter lemon, herbal jelly, and fresh radish finish. A rustic but silky grappa; hospitality in a glass.
Norden Aquavit
89 points
$30
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh fennel, peppermint, orris root, and dill with a satiny, dryish light body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish with suggestions of starfruit and anise finish. An approachable aquavit with a pleasant hint of mint; refreshing and great for cocktails.
Mr. Boston Peach Schnapps
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach gummy, lemon candy, green apple, and lime gem candy with a syrupy, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, terse finish. A lightly flavored peach schnapps that can easily mix with soda or vodka.
Awards: bbb
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Ramallah Golden Arak
88 points
$20
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of black licorice, fresh tarragon, and clove with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, cheery finish with accents of cracked black pepper finish. A nicely spiced arak with velvety texture and in-check heat.
88 points $20 Best Buy