Dry January is Well Over – Time to Restock Your Home Bar

For those who took part in “Dry January” last month, a time to refrain from all alcoholic beverages, you may be getting quite tired of mocktails and sparkling seltzer. Why not take some time to restock your home bar with a few favorite spirits and liqueurs that will be available to sip and mix in cocktails. Check out the producer’s websites for drink recipes. We have also included some accessible and versatile wines that are welcome at every table.

Equiano Rum is the world’s first African & Caribbean rum brand. Equiano Light has also been highly recognized, holding multiple gold awards from International Wine and Spirits Competition, International Spirits Challenge, San Francisco World Spirits Competition and The Spirits Business Rum Masters. They are the perfect rum for favorite drinks such as the dark and stormy, daquiris, mojitos, and pina coladas.

Website: Equiano

Disaronno Originale is the world’s favourite Italian liqueur. Featuring an original taste and an unmistakable aroma. Disaronno Originale is a stylish and timeless icon of the Italian Dolcevita. Disaronno is a pleasure to enjoy on the rocks as well as in its various mixed drinks.

Website: Disaronno

Sorel is the award-winning hibiscus liqueur inspired by the ancestral Afro-Caribbean beverage, sorrel. Representing more than 500 years of joy and perseverance in a bottle, Sorel was perfected after 623 attempts as the first and only shelf-stable sorrel liqueur by Jackie Summers. Infinitely versatile for cocktails and great by itself, Sorel is made with Moroccan hibiscus blended with Brazilian clove, Indonesian cassia, Indonesian nutmeg and Nigerian ginger. 

Website: Sorel

Tia Maria is a Cold Brew coffee liqueur with a strong character and a complex aromatic structure. It is crafted using 100% Arabica coffee with a patented roasting method and through the cold brew extraction process. All of these qualities make a flawless balance of sweetness and smoothness, always ensuring the Tia Maria’s distinct taste.

Website: Tia Maria

Casamigos Cristalinois made with the award winning, ultra-premium Casamigos Reposado Tequila. While most cristalinos on the market are anejo-based, the newest addition to the Casamigos family combines the rich texture and character of the well-loved most popular Casamigos Reposado making Casamigos Cristalino  incredibly smooth and delicious with no burn. Casamigos Cristalino Tequila is perfect neat or in cocktails.

Website: Casamigos  

Isle of Skye is a Blended Scotch Whisky within the Ian Macleod Distillers portfolio. Isle of Skye was crafted using a unique blend of malt and grain whiskies with a high malt content that gives the Scotch a complex and smooth flavor. This rich and sweet Scotch is blended using the best malt whisky from the Islands, Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, bursting with flavors of tropical fruits, spice and chocolate.  It will add a touch of sophistication to any gathering.

Website: Ian Macleod

Engine Gin will surely delight any gin enthusiast or that special someone in your life that enjoys race cars and motorbikes.  ENGINE Gin is produced in small batches, and hand-crafted in Barbaresco, Italy. It is produced with 100% organic ingredients including juniper from Tuscany, sage leaves from Piedmont, lemons from Sicily, licorice roots from Calabria, Damask rose petals from Piedmont and water from the alps. As a result, ENGINE stands out with its distinct flavor profile, all against an elegant floral background. 

Website: Engine Land  

And sip some delightful, accessible wines.  We have six choices you may want to have available to pair with your favorite meals! 

San Felice Bell’Aja Bolgheri DOC  is from the historic Tuscan vineyard is a bold, well-structured wine that is characterized by rich, ripe fruit and bold tannins. It pairs beautifully with beef dishes or roasted vegetables.  Find out why this wine is so popular.

Website: San Felice

Terrabianca Vignot Moscato d’Asti DOCG is a sweet wine with a beautiful straw yellow color in the glass. It has the scent of a flowery bouquet and the lovely notes of summer fruit such as peaches, and apricots that linger on the palate. Enjoy it with a charcuterie platter with sharp cheeses. 

Website: Terrabianca

LangeTwins Merrill Chardonnay is the perfect food pairing wine boasting the flavors of melon and tropical pineapple. The soft, warm tones of this wine makes it perfect for a relaxing sip. Who doesn’t love a great Chardonnay?

Website: Lange Twins

Silk & Spice Red Blend is a well-balanced wine with intense aromas of blackberries and ripe plum, and notes of spices including vanilla, black pepper, and pink peppercorn. Discover this luscious wine that will delight friends and family. 

Website: Silk & Spice  

J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling 2023 is fresh, cool, and crisp wine. This easy-drinking Riesling begs for another glass. With aromas of exotic of lychee and flavors of ripe apple and pear, it makes for a no-rules, incredibly food-friendly wine. Pair it with Asian-Fusion cuisine or anything with a lick of spicy heat.

Website: J. Lohr

Ferentano Bianco Lazio IGP 2019 from Famiglia Cotarella owes its name from the archaeological site of Ferento, an ancient Etruscan town, located near the vineyards where this wine is produced. Made from indigenous Roscetto white grapes, this wine has soft aromas of banana, pineapple, freshly cut herbs, and vanilla. The taste is rich, delicate and at the same time intense, delivering a long lingering finish. 

Website: Famiglia Coratella

Cheers to your well-stocked home bar that is certain to be enjoyed!

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Marina Kennedy began her writing career when her four children were grown and she returned to college to study in the humanities. She is delighted to be a contributor for Woman Around Town. The majority of her articles focus on the culinary scene, theatre, and travel. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences of the New York metro area and beyond. She hopes that readers like reading her articles as much as she enjoys writing them.