By Sarah Daniels and Sabrina Sucato
Trick or treat? How about both? Leave the candy to the kids and spoil yourself rotten with these sense-beguiling, area spirits. (And if you want to tuck away some candy corn for later, we won’t judge you either.)
Stoutridge’s Empire Rye, a straight rye whiskey, is all about local flavor from the Hudson Valley. While not exactly spooky, this traditional rye produced in Ulster County is deceptively delicious, thanks to a unique aging process that occurs in the Valley’s very own Quercus Cooperage oak barrels. It has wonderful notes of cinnamon spice, making it the perfect grown-up alternative to the much-hyped #PSL.
Consider this your ultimate Halloween sip. Distillers at ALB blend Death Wish cold brew coffee — supposedly the strongest on the market, and created up in Saratoga Springs(!) — with their signature vodka, then sweeten it just a bit with cane sugar. Contrary to the imminent doom the name implies, this stuff is strong enough to jolt you out of any ghoulish state.
The method used to produce this applejack is just short of pure magic — curious, considering the drink emerged during a period of history in which witchy ways were hunted down. To make this seasonal sip, the folks at Harvest Spirits distill their hard cider twice, then age it for upwards of two years in bourbon casks. The result is wicked good: apple-tasting with a hint of vanilla and a clean, spiced finish.