American distillers have been creating liquor recipes inspired by drinks from around the globe for centuries, but you might be surprised to find that they could be just as good if not better than what’s found in their countries of origin.
From absinthe made in Kentucky, to vodka from Texas, to the sweet Italian aperitif limoncello that can be made at home, producers in the U.S. have been hard at work mastering the crafts that produce the earthy, spicy and luscious liquors from foreign shores.
Buying local has become a popular way to support neighborhood businesses and prevent the pollution caused by long-distance shipping, and it can sometimes be easier on the wallet than imported spirits.
Here are some examples of the proud American interpretations of beverages found in other countries, from the more traditionally-prepared to slightly wilder concoctions.
Where it originated: Switzerland and France
Absinthe has long been known as the Green Fairy thanks to its color created by aromatic herbs and its believed miraculous healing powers.
St. George Spirits of Alameda, Calif., makes its own version of Absinthe Verte, or green absinthe using fine brandy, star anise, mint, wormwood, lemon balm, hyssop, meadowsweet, basil, fennel, tarragon and stinging nettles.Wormwood, known to stimulate the imagination, is the somewhat controversial ingredient that’s been strictly regulated in the United States.
Price: $75 for a 750-milliliter bottle of St. George Spirits Absinthe Verte