Each year brings a deluge of new liquor releases, including the inevitable arrival of new super-aged whiskies, artisanal vodkas and gins, and plenty of other familiar spirits. But there are always a few unexpected bottles that capture our attention, thanks to their outrageous flavors or unusual production methods. From pumpkin spice to liquid vegetables, here are a few of the craziest new boozy releases of autumn 2016.
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The pumpkin spice craze seems to have hit a fever pitch this year with everything from waffles to English muffins boasting some extra autumnal zing. Captain Morgan is the latest in a spate of liquor brands to release their own pumpkin spiced offering—in a gourd shaped bottled no less.
Gin’s versatility was put to the test yet again with Litmus Wine’s low-ABV blend of London dry gin and English sparkling wine, dubbed Ginking. The invention came about when the Ginking owner couldn’t decide one evening between a glass of bubbly or a Gin and Tonic. Now you’ll never have to face that quandary, either.
Honorable Mention: Mama Carrot Liqueur
Slated to launch in November 2016, Italian farming company Aureli Mario SS Agricola claims their new 20-percent ABV carrot liqueur is chock full of “vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.” The veggie drink won the top prize in the alcohol category in this year’s Sial Innovation Award.