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
Muaddi Artesanal Levantine Arak
93 points
$43
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of artisan licorice, sandalwood incense, dates, and soy with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, intricate, long finish that shows overtones of shortbread, taffy, and candied aniseed. A concentrated Arak with a transporting, all-natural flavor that happily lingers.
Lyre’s Apéritif Dry Non Alcoholic Spirit
93 points
$35
Golden yellow color. Aromas of orange peel, violet, honey, vanilla, and hints of sesame with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length bitter lemon, cucumber, gentian, bay leaf, chamomile, and candied ginger finish. A floral, herbal, slightly bitter Spirit Alternative that will create balanced spirit-free cocktails; a refreshing offering for the moments you choose to abstain from alcohol.
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
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.
Lyre’s Amaretti Non Alcoholic Spirit
88 points
$35
Gold color. Nutty aromas and flavors of marzipan, fresh almond paste, and hints of candied cherry with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish evoking overtones of candied lemon peel, cherry cooler, hints of ginger, and orange blossom finish. A tasty, candied Amaretto Substitute that delivers great concentration of flavor.
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