Any self-respecting spirits professional will tell you that good spirits are for sipping, not for shooting. And then, once they get off their shift, odds are they’ll have a shot and a beer themselves. And we’re A-OK with that. We’re all for savoring your booze, but sometimes you just want a hit of something smooth and tasty. Here are seven suggestions.
Montenegro Need something to settle your stomach after dinner? Try this pleasantly bittersweet, strongly orange-y amaro. Tasty enough to sip neat—but also tasty enough to put back in one go.
Bartenders are all about fernet shots—but the crazy-bitter amaro can be an acquired taste. If you’re looking for something just a tad mellower, Cynar is a great choice. Made with artichoke, it’s nicely bitter and earthy, and it goes down a fair bit easier than fernet.
A bartender friend who I won’t name used to pour his friends green Chartreuse shots at the bar when the boss wasn’t looking—it’s herbal, complex, exciting and honestly, pretty pricey. Save this one for special occasions.