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We’ve never been so excited by a German liquor! In Germany, there are a variety of delicious herbal spirits, but few make it to our shores outside of the frat house favorite Jägermeister. This is a gross injustice considering how broad the selection of Italian, French and even American bottles are on New York City shelves. Happily for us, a pair of delightful new Kräuterlikör (the German word for herbal liquors) from Berlin has become available.

These are the brainchild of boutique hotel owners Tom Michelberger and Nadine May and the team behind historic Berlin distillery Preussishe Spirituosen Manufaktor (PSM.) The original distillery opened its doors in 1874 and became a shrine to science and the art of distillation, but between 1950 and 2005 the property lay dormant. Although the equipment was not in use, the libraries of spirit recipes held instructions to make herbal concoctions popular in days of old. The first on offer are a lively, fresh, clear tonic named “Mountain,” and a heady, spicy, amber-colored elixir called “Forest.”

In order to encourage everyone to join in the kräuterlikör zeitgeist we will be welcoming spirit specialist Scott Rosenbaum on Thursday, February 19th, from 6 to 8 to pour these delicious bitters and tell us more about their fascinating story. Please stop by, and don’t be surprised if Scott has something else special to try as well. Also, please take a moment to check out the Michelberger’s surreal website at http://www.michelbergerbooze.com/ -- you won’t be disappointed. John Rankin

Michelberger Mountain Krauterspirituose 750ml

This is a delicious, bracing, alpine-style aperitif from the heart of Berlin. In order to make this invigorating, herbal cocktail, Michelberger combines lemon peel, juniper, coriander, peppermint, lemon balm, cardamom, fennel, sage, anise seed, orris root, thyme and caraway seed in a solution of beet sugar spirit. This is double distilled in traditional pot stills, and then mellowed in earthenware pots before being bottled. Served ice-cold, this would be a great way to start a dinner or end a night. John Rankin

  • herb liqueur
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Michelberger Forest Krauterlikor 750ml

Here we have a very amaro-esque bitter with a Teutonic twist. The botanical recipe skews toward rich and soothing, and to create the complex, spicy flavor gentian root, juniper, coriander, vanilla, angelica root, star anise, clove, violet root, lemon balm, cinnamon bark and orange peel are macerated for four weeks in a sugar and beet alcohol solution. Forest is the perfect stand-in for an amaro or brandy at the end of a meal. The complexity and slight sweetness also make it a fantastic ingredient in cocktails calling for red vermouth. John Rankin

  • herb liqueur
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99